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Spy Shots: 2011 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe

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Mercedes-Benz has some major changes in store for its product line over the coming years, with several key models receiving facelifts and complete name changes. We have already seen this with the new 2010 E-Class Coupe, which has replaced the CLK, and soon we will see the CL name phased out with the introduction of a facelifted model later this year. The updated car will come in for the 2011 model year and go by the new name of S-Class Coupe.

The current C216 CL was first introduced at the end of 2006 but prototypes for the facelifted version have been spotted testing in Germany as early as August of 2008. Last year we saw images of the high-performance AMG model but these latest shots depict the standard model. New details include a more upright grille highlighted with a single chrome bar, as well the new headlight design and LED daytime running lights.

In the rear we can clearly see full LED rear lights, a new bumper design and rectangular-shaped exhaust tips. Other changes planned include new indicators in the side mirrors.

Mercedes-Benz engineers are expected to make a major change to the CL’s powertrain lineup for the new S-Class Coupe, with a new family of ‘MoVe’ modular V-6 and V-8 engines with direct-injection and turbocharging technology set to replace the current V-8 and V-12 units. There could also be a number of modifications to the exhaust filtering systems to help improve emissions.

Expect the 2011 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe to make its world debut at the 2010 Paris Auto Show in October.

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  1. The rear needs some work
     
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  2. your rear needs some work.but yes your right it does, yes it does need some work yea...yea work, ill probly buy one anyway to laugh at
     
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  3. Call me crazy, yet I think the days of the S Class, 7 Series and even the venerable A8 are over. As a former owner of the 740i, and Two A8's I can tell that the world is shifting, the tectonic plates have begun to move and such cars are little more than status symbols. I'm guilty of it, no question, yet the leg room differential in an A8 to A6 is somewhat negligible. Look for these models to disappear, and become a thing of the past.

    Mark my words.
     
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  4. The rear needs some work

    Agreed. Its a bit... boring. Just feels like they tacked on some random lights from the bin they laying around w/o giving it much thought at all...
     
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  5. Though the Cl coupe resides on the s class chassis, I still dnt thynk that its appropriate to change the name to s coupe as the did with the e class... The Cl was in a league of its own I i feel it should remain that way with out the name change...merc might as well call the maybach 57 and 62 the s class ultra luxury and s class presidential since they share the same chassis(re-worked of course)!!
     
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  6. So, anyone wanna place bets on BMW doing a coupe for the 7 series next because of this?
     
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  7. So, anyone wanna place bets on BMW doing a coupe for the 7 series next because of this?

    no, 650i kinda does that anyway..no market for it atm anyway
     
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  8. No, the 6 series is the coupe to the 5 series
     
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  9. Call me crazy, yet I think the days of the S Class, 7 Series and even the venerable A8 are over. As a former owner of the 740i, and Two A8's I can tell that the world is shifting, the tectonic plates have begun to move and such cars are little more than status symbols. I'm guilty of it, no question, yet the leg room differential in an A8 to A6 is somewhat negligible. Look for these models to disappear, and become a thing of the past.

    Mark my words.

    Don't be ridiculous. Just because the economy is down doesn't mean all the bigwig sedans are going to disappear. This isn't the first recession to ever hit,it happens every several years. The second this one ends, the rich will start getting richer and these cars will sell just like they always have.
     
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  10. No, the 6 series is the coupe to the 5 series

    not really it is inbetween them both, hence it being a series rather than a 5 series coupe or a 7 series coupe

    a 7series specific coupe could damage 6 series sales
     
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  11. NND you are right that the 6-series is based on the 5-series chassis but it has had significant changes made to the body and has a more luxurious interior. I would agree with danDAN that it is between the 5 and the 7.
     
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  12. I am not a fan of these updating processes. Sometimes it works and most times it just make it worse. I am so lost with Mercedes naming their models that I don't even know which model I am referring to that says it worked out well for me. That baby SL, is it CLK SLK SLR CLR? Damn confusing! So, yes, that baby SL worked out great WHILE, the new SL with that weird looking headlamps, IMO is a sad and unneccessary update that don't do it justice!

    S-Class Couple? Now, that is more like it!!! Still, I like the design as it was before all these updating. If I have the cash in hand now, I am get the first version.
     
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  13. one of my mates has the latest cl coupe and i have to think theres alot better coupes, and cars in general to spend AU$300,000 on! and i think he secretly agrees.... it may have the gadgets and some huge engines... but the engines are quite boring and id much rather stunning looks (aston martin etc) rather than a few cool (useles) gadgets.
     
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  14. I saw a test mule in Korea and I think it's that Kia that has the Hyundai Azera Platform.
     
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  15. I just don't like the look of anything coming from Mercedes right now. The previous E-class was good, as was the CLK, and the previous SL, before they mucked up the headlights.
    But now, the E class looks Japanese, as does this car, the S-class looks like a blowtorch melted the back end, which was copied from the even more hideous 7 series (which they have fixed on the back end at least). Why is everything so damn droopy with them?
     
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  16. At first glance I thought it was some oversized Camry.

    Honestly.
     
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  17. @Azlan

    Sorry Pal, don't think you have a good point there. Sure the A6 is only a bit smaller than the A8. But the A5 is a bit smaller than the A6 and the A4 is a bit smaller than the A5. And the A3, the A2, the A1...

    And you can see this ludicrous situation across all three of the German marques.

    But just by virtue of being there first the A8 has more of a reason to exist than the A5, whatever the aesthetic reasons the latter one offers.

    The current trend, however, is to create more niche cars, whether the motoring public wants them or not.
     
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  18. HECTOR: I didnt post that comment you were just referring to...." AXIAL66"
    lol
     
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  19. Sorry Azlan, my bad.
     
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  20. Looks plain...is it just me? Or does the front almost look as identical, in a way, to the new E-class coupe..just a little different headlights.
     
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  21. I am a researcher for work in the field of maintenance of vehicles (in hydraulic systems, plumbing and maintenance) and has a lot of ideas for how old to work and the development of industry, an ambitious and high morale.
     
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  22. Why does Mercedes need this? they dont. the newest cl is already big and unfathomably gorgeous in the metal. this would have the same engines (maybe add a deisel?) and compete for the same customers. cut this car in half and make a real bmw 1-series competitor instead.
     
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  23. hmmm,it would have been better to have launch the s-class coupe with the facelifted s-class sedan...now just another year after people buy this car, the NEW S-class will be launched!!!
     
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  24. Attn: MotorAuthority, what is up with all of the old posts populating lately ^^^?
    Take off the tri-star badge and this Merc coupe looks like a glorified Honda Accord coupe. No thanks, I'll take an Audi S5.
     
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  25. redisigned now it looks like any other Jap car
     
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  26. This stupid thing looks a lot like a Nissan Altima on the front.
     
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  27. "The current trend, however, is to create more niche cars, whether the motoring public wants them or not."
    The modern manufacturing methods allow car makers the ability to have many versions... automobiles are now a fashion statement. It used to be you only had colors, but now you can have size and style, but only in 8 shades of gray between white and black
     
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  28. "Though the Cl coupe resides on the s class chassis, I still dont think that its appropriate to change the name to s coupe as the did with the e class... The Cl was in a league of its own..."
    You do realize the before the CL name was adopted in 1994 that the same model was simply called the S-Class Coupe?
    "Look for these models to disappear, and become a thing of the past."
    I disagree - They'll be popular in the countries which still have people who can afford to purchase them: Look for more uber-luxury exports to China and fewer to the US.
     
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