Video: The Evolution of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class

As Mercedes ’ flagship model since roughly the beginning of time, the Mercedes S-Class has always been at the forefront of the automaker’s technological advancements. In a lot of ways, it was ahead of the curve and contained features that would eventually move down to the company’s other models.

At last month’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance , Mercedes took the unprecedented step of showcasing all of its S-Class models, including a number of iconic models that have since been given the classic treatment.

But the best part about this showcase was that Mercedes was able to capture it on video, giving all of us a chance to relive the legendary history of the company’s flagship model dating back to its infancy. There are a lot in there that were released way before any of us were born, so you can understand how reverential we treat some of these models.

Click past the jump to read about the latest model to be bestowed the S-Class designation, the recently revealed 2013 Mercedes S-Class Coupe Concept

2013 Mercedes S-Class Coupe Concept

Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe Concept

The Mercedes S-Class Coupe Concept was just unveiled at the Frankfurt Auto Show and there’s already talk that the concept will be the precursor for the next-generation CL-Class , a line of models that will eventually target super-luxury models like the Bentley Continental GT.

Once the green light is given for that move, Mercedeswis expected to build the new S-Class Coupe on a modified version of the S-Class sedan’s platform and will come with the choice of either a V-8 or V-12 engine. In its concept form, though, the S-Class Coupe carries "just" a V-8 engine, albeit one that can produce up to 455 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque, good enough to hit 60 mph in 4.8 seconds to go with a top speed of 155 mph.


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