First Drive Review – 2015 Mercedes-Benz S550 Coupe in HD Video + 99 Photos!

The amount of beauty and glamour in the 2015 S-Class Coupe is almost unreal. Sharing a name and much of its style with the S550, the new Coupe totally banishes all thought of the CL-Class — immediately and permanently on first sight.

We’ve been very eager to try out this new high-fashion two-door for months now. But pouring rain means many of the photos are not up to the normal high standards we keep here at

Luckily, GoPro video in the cabin for our full-throttle drive was recording in full HD glory!

Check out the video for a a look at my shocked face in this porcelain Designo interior, enjoying the AMG Sport package and the 20-inch multispoke alloys, plus a 4.5-second sprint to 60-mph via this 4.7-liter V8TT.First Drive Review - 2015 Mercedes-Benz S550 Coupe in HD Video + 99 Photos!


Overall, the S550 Coupe makes such a fast and cool case for itself, it is hard to imagine needing more than this stunning new supercoupe. But indeed there are plenty of ways to upgrade the $120,000 S-Class Coupe: The test car features the aforementioned sport pack, wheels and Diamond White paint for $7,500.

Exhaust Note Sample

The cabin in this special Designo finish adds another $7k, while active multicontour massage seats and Burmeister audio adds another $7k.

Out the door, this loaded S550 4Matic Coupe came in at $149,000. Still $10k less than the S63 AMG Coupe that sprints to 60-mph 0.6-seconds quicker — the S550 Coupe is an absolutely stellar vehicle. Is 449-horsepower and 4.5-seconds to 60-mph that inferior to the 3.9-second S63 AMG?!

That is up to you. The S63 bases at $160k, while the S65 bases at $230,000 for the true plutocrats.First Drive Review - 2015 Mercedes-Benz S550 Coupe in HD Video + 99 Photos! First Drive Review - 2015 Mercedes-Benz S550 Coupe in HD Video + 99 Photos!


Any gripes during the drive in a torrential downpour around Texas Motor Speedway near Dallas?

Just one: the seatbelt. Its active pretensioner is very, very eager to ratchet you back into the seat when it thinks the car is out of control. Even in 15-minutes of driving, being strangled by this strong, strong retracting seatbelt was very un-fun. Worse still, we could not escape its rib-crushing pull. Only forcing the buckle open seemed to free my torso from a death squeeze.

Yes, in that way, the S550 Coupe is like Goldeneye’s Bond girl: Xenia Onatop. Sexy and exotic, but also able to squeeze the oxygen right out of your lungs!

Just kidding. The pre-tensioning seatbelts were irritating and unpleasant, especially considering that there was no danger around. But overall, the S550 Coupe is one of the best Mercedes-AMG redesigns ever.

2015 Mercedes-Benz S550 Coupe Review


S550 4MATIC Coupe

$119,900 MSRP* Base

  • Engine
    4.7L biturbo V-8
  • Acceleration0 to 60 mph
    4.5 sec †
  • Horsepower@ 5,250-5,550 rpm
    449 hp
  • Torque@ 1,800-3,500 rpm
    516 lb-ft
$5,900 Sport Package


MSRP $119,900*