In cleaning up its lineup, Mercedes-Benz dropped the old CL-class, which was essentially a coupe version of the S-class, and replaced it with the all-new S-class Coupe.

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Mercedes-Benz offers the new S-class Coupe as an S550 in the US, an S500 in the UK and Australia, and as two different AMG versions, the S63 AMG and the S65 AMG.

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Rather than just remove two doors from the S-class sedan, Mercedes-Benz redesigned the car extensively, decreasing wheelbase and overall length.

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This example is the S550 Coupe, an extraordinarily comfortable and confident car.

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Under the hood sits a 4.7-liter V-8 engine with two turbochargers, one on each bank of cylinders.

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The grille on the S550 Coupe looks less imposing than that on the sedan, with a more sporty profile.

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LED headlights feature automatic high-beams.

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The design of the S550 Coupe is gorgeous, with smooth-flowing lines from front to back.

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The side graphic shows off a pillarless opening.

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Meaty Goodyear Eagle F1 tires give this car exceptional grip and comfort.

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Air suspension makes for excellent ride comfort and handling.

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At only 10.36 cubic feet, the trunk space isn't huge, but you won't be taking rear seat passengers on extended road trips.

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Standard all-wheel-drive adds to the S550 Coupe's handling capabilities.

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Available massage seats add to the comfort.

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Rear seat space is limited.

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The interior design looks as good as the exterior.

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A Mercedes-Benz standard, seat controls are on the doors.

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Cabin electronics come standard in this pricey model, but there are a few options for driver assistance and premium audio.

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The lane-keeping assistant feature steers the wheel to prevent the car from drifting out of its lane.

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This LCD instrument cluster also shows a night-vision display.

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The cabin tech interface controller consists of a jog dial and shortcut buttons.

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The surround view cameras make maneuvering the car in tight spaces easy.

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Richly detailed maps fill the infotainment screen.

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The onscreen interface includes an upper ribbon with menu items for navigation, audio and telephone.

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A lower menu ribbon includes feature-specific functions, such as these destination options for navigation.

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The premium Burmester audio option includes a speaker between the two rear seats.

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Radio sources include HD AM and FM, as well as satellite.

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For onboard audio sources, this cover flow interface makes it easy to select an album.

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The interface includes multiple means of selecting music.

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The play screen shows album artwork when available.

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The settings screens let you customize many features of the car.

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The massage seat controls let you select from six different types of massage.

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The hands-free phone system offers manual number input or integration with your phone's own contact list.

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Mercedes-Benz includes a whole menu of connected data features, including apps and a Web browser.

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Unfortunately, the car takes too long to establish an Internet connection each time you want to access a data feature.

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Mercedes-Benz builds in a few third-party apps.

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