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New 2015 Mercedes S-Class Coupe Debuts Active Curve Tilting Technology

By: Jeff Youngs, 2/18/2014
Skiers and motorcyclists lean into corners when turning in order to counter the effects of centrifugal force, and the new 2015 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe will offer a new technology designed to do the same thing. By angling the car into curves with an extra 2.5 degrees of roll toward the inside of the turn in order to reduce the lateral acceleration that would normally affect the occupants of the car, the new S-Class Coupe makes the driver and passengers feel firmly planted in their seats.

To picture what this is like, think about the scene in Disney Pixar's Cars when Lighting McQueen and Sally go for an epic drive in the cliffs above Radiator Springs. They both lean into curves like a motorcyclist would, opposite of normal body roll in which the car's body leans away from the curve.

This new technology is called Active Curve Tilting, and it is part of the new 2015 S-Class Coupe's Active Body Control (ABC) suspension. To activate the feature, the driver chooses the proper setting from the ABC menu and the Active Curve Tilting functions at speeds between 19 mph and 112 mph to, as Mercedes puts it, "provide greater driving pleasure and comfort for our customers."

As one might expect, the redesigned 2015 S-Class Coupe is all about pleasure and comfort. Initially available as the S550 4Matic Coupe with a 449-horsepower, twin-turbocharged, 4.7-liter V-8 engine and standard all-wheel drive, the S-Class Coupe will replace the CL-Class Coupe in the Mercedes lineup when it goes on sale in the United States in the fall of 2014.

Pricing has not been set, but expect a six-figure base price that rises as equipment is added. Characterizing the S-Class Coupe as "one of the most gorgeous coupes of all time," Mercedes-Benz equips the car with a standard panoramic glass roof that includes Magic Sky Control. The system allows the driver to lighten transparency to allow occupants to enjoy a driving experience similar to that of a convertible, and to darken the glass to the point that that it allows less than 1% of natural light to penetrate the cabin, according to the automaker.

Full LED lighting is standard, and the 2015 Mercedes S550 Edition 1 Coupe will feature 47 individual Swarovski crystals as part of that limited-production model's headlights. The car's interior contains four individual seats, and resembles the S-Class Sedan. Premium leather with a diamond-stitch pattern is optional, along with an Air Balance cabin fragrance and air ionization system.

In addition to its Active Curve Tilting technology, the new S-Class Coupe boasts the full menu of Intelligent Drive semi-autonomous driving and safety technologies, including a new Collision Prevention Assist Plus system that prevents rear-end collisions at speeds under 25 mph, and automatically attempts to reduce speed as much as possible before impact at speeds under 65 mph.

The new 2015 Mercedes-Benz S550 4Matic Coupe debuts at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show in March. For more details about the car, read our full preview.

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