The new Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe (S 500 4MATIC, to give you the complete title) is pitted against the BMW 6 Series Coupe (650i, that is) in a head to head test conducted by the German journalists at Auto Motor und Sport.
In all honesty, the recently launched Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe has a little bit of trouble in finding some direct competitors. The old rivalry between Mercedes, BMW and Audi is at lost here since the last two brands don’t really offer models to match the somptuous coupe. It would make more sense to compare it to, let’s say, a Bentley, than any of the BMW or Audi models.
Still, such a fierce rivalry has to be given credit and that’s exactly what Auto Motor un Sport (AMS) in Germany has done. They took the closest match in the BMW lineup they could find and went on to figure out which was best.
The (un)lucky BMW model chosen for this test was a 650i which bolsters a turbocharged 4.4 V8 engine with 450 hp (only 5 less than the S-Class Coupe) and 650 Nm (50 less than the S-Class). It too has a permanent four wheel drive system, just like the Mercedes, so the differences regarding the drivetrain are minimal.
On that basis, this test makes perfect sense. Other than that, though, the two cars are very much different.
Since birth you were told that Mercedes cars are elegant and comfortable while BMWs are sporty and athletic. Well, guess what? You were told right.
The new Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe impressed the German journalists with its ability to dampen even the worst potholes, bumps and crests with its AIRMATIC suspension, offering the occupants the most relaxing and serene journey possible. On the other hand, the key aspect of the BMW was – unsurprisingly – the way in handled, with precise steering and excellent poise.
It was obvious from the beginning that it would be very difficult to give a final verdict and declare an overall winner. It would be easier to point at the Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe which, obviously, is the more impressive car. It’s also 35.000 € more expensive at base price, a difference which only points out how unbalanced this test was from the very beginning.
There’s no decisive verdict, then, just a confirmation of what we all knew or at least suspected. Two different cars for two different types of customers. So here’s the only possible verdict: there’s room for everyone.
If you understand German, you can read the entire article here.
FOTO: Achim Hartmann (for Auto Moto und Sport)