What's the used Mercedes S-Class Coupe coupe like?
For years, those looking for the most refined, most technically advanced and the most pleasant car to drive, and in which to be driven, have beaten a path to Mercedes’ door to get themselves inside an S-Class saloon, the flagship of the German manufacturer’s range. In fact, if ever a car has deserved the title of best car in the world, it is universally agreed the S-Class has usually been it.
But what if you don’t need the four doors on offer in the saloon and would prefer something slightly more dashing for the drive down to the south of France? Well in years gone by Mercedes made the imperious CL class, in effect a two-door version of the then-current S-Class. Now, with this generation, launched in 2014, it’s gone the whole hog and called the two-door car the S-Class Coupe, and the result is stunning, not just to look at but to drive or to be driven in.
On the road, this large and opulent coupe is a delight. The S560 comes with a powerful V8, and it’s a brilliantly refined motor, emitting little more than a muffled warble under light acceleration that rouses to a more guttural – but still wholly dignified – woofle when you give the right pedal a healthy prod.
Mercedes' nine-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox is an intelligent and smooth-changing unit, and, with Sport and Sport+ driving modes available, the S560 can hit 62mph from a standstill in just 4.6sec. Huge mid-range performance is the chief virtue of the AMG cars, with a wave of effortless and endless power and, in the V12 S65, a silky smooth delivery. It corners brilliantly, too, considering its size and weight, with plenty of grip and safe handling that borders on fun. There’s very little body lean in corners, even when pressing on, thanks to advanced tech that leans you into a corner as you go round it, to counteract the usual g-forces you might feel. The ride is equally meritorious, being smooth over motorways and urban ruts and only sharp potholes and irregularities occasionally catching it out. With a muted engine note at all times, the S-Class Coupe wafts, where other cars simply go galumphing down the road in a blaze of haphazard spurts.