MERC’S MA­GLEV

In its flag­ship two-door, Mercedes-benz has un­leashed a ma­chine that corners like a tilt­ing train and boasts Swarovski crys­tals in its head­lights. Adam Hay-ni­cholls cruises in the car that’s on ev­ery oli­garch’s wish list—the S-class Coupé

Hong Kong Tatler - - Cars -

ercedes-benz knows a thing or two about ground­break­ing tech­nol­ogy and sparkly fea­tures, and it has out­done it­self with the 2015 S-class Coupé. But the new model isn’t merely a branch of Ra­dio Shack cov­ered in bling, as per­haps it might look on pa­per; the mar­que has pro­duced a svelte GT that has the pace and grace to com­pete with the Bent­ley Con­ti­nen­tal.

It wasn’t al­ways this way with Benz’s flag­ship coupé. In its pre­vi­ous guise, the CL, the two-door limo looked and felt un­gainly. Yes, it was com­fort­able and clever, but where was the sex ap­peal? Nowhere to be seen, along with its resid­ual value. As soon as you drove the CL off the fore­court you’d said say­onara to 25 per cent of its sticker price.

With badg­ing now switched to the more straight­for­ward S-class Coupé, the car—i tested the S500—is an al­to­gether dif­fer­ent propo­si­tion. For a start, the de­sign hasn’t been phoned in this time. It has con­sid­er­ably more road pres­ence than the lux­ury saloon from which it was spawned. Just look at those el­lip­ti­cal curves sculpted into its flanks; the last time I saw that much mus­cle it was be­ing slapped with a dop­ing charge.

At the front, those low-level nos­trils look like they could hoover the tar off a high­way, the three-pointed star looks like the bar­rel of a de­com­mis­sioned pis­tol, and those long

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