There's a car that quite literally does everything. It's called the Mercedes S-Class. But in a world where the rich are pulled in every direction from vast geographical locations, nowadays, doing everything is not enough.
And that's why Mercedes has made its new S-Class Coupe's headlamps out of Swarovski crystals. Because traditional light emitting diodes simply do not cut it.
The first thing you notice when looking at the 2015 S-Class Coupe, however, is not its bedazzled eyes; rather its the beautifully sculptured lines and restyled rear-end. It looks remarkably similar to the Concept S-Class Coupe, and to my eyes, it's instantly the best looking Mercedes on the market.
The frameless doors and lack of a B-pillar provide a more open experience for its occupants. Snuggled in plush leather, it's business as usual. All the fancy gadgets, like "magic body control," night vision and perfumed air vents remain from the sedan; however a new feature allows the S-Class Coupe to lean into the turns by up to 2.5 degrees — sensing an impending corner via the car's windscreen-mounted camera — somewhat like a motorcycle.
And crystals. Yes, back to the crystals. They're optional, of course, but those that click the box are rewarded with 47 Swarovski big ones: 30 for the turn signal and 17 lining the running lamp.
We'll concede that crystal headlamps are as gimmicky as "Dumb Starbucks," but under the hood the 4.7-liter biturbo V-8, featuring 449 hp and 516 lb.-ft. of torque, remains as serious as Al Gore. Meshed to Mercedes' 4Matic all-wheel drive system, the S-Class Coupe promises to be a rocket off the line, just like its S-Class siblings.
The luxury coupe will be revealed in the flesh at Geneva next month, with sales beginning this fall. We don't yet know pricing, but as always, if you have to ask, it's likely not for you to shine bright like a diamond.
- Swarovski crystals