At the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show, Mercedes-Benz unveiled their Concept S-Class Coupe model which was meant to preview the production-ready S-Class Coupe. While many concepts go through lots of iterations before it hits production, the new 2015 S-Class Coupe is almost a replica of the concept model.

With the high-end coupe, Mercedes-Benz is entering a new niche market and if history is of any indication, others are not far behind. Is BMW working on a 8 Series model to take on the elegant S-Class Coupe? Just last year new rumors surfaced indicating that a new, elegant and sporty 8 Series Coupe is on the drawing table in Munich. BMW insiders told Automotive News that the company is weighing a return to the high-end coupe segment. “We want to send out the message the future is not all about electric carsicon1 but also traditional models with real emotional appeal,” said a BMW source.

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Other BMW sources hint that the BMW Pininfarina Gran Lusso Coupe revealed at the 2013 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este is a conceptual version of the future 8 Series. The spacious and bigger coupe than BMW’s current 6 series is the first project the Italian design house Pininfarina has done with BMW.

A high-end 8 Series, built on the 7 Series platform, will position BMW in a new territory to compete, not only with Mercedes-Benz, but also with higher-end models from Aston Martin, Maserati and others.

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Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe showcases what talented designers can do with a little bit of creative freedom. The exterior is a beautiful combination of harmonious, gently flowing lines with a downward sloping nose that give a sporty look. The 198-inch long coupe has a front end with standard full-LED headlights with LED running light eyebrows, and the rear is punctuated by wide fender arches that appear especially aggressive.

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Inside, Benz combines tradition with futuristic features, like additional metal trim and optional Bengal Red leather interior, that give the cabin an exquisite and exclusive look and feel.

Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe goes on sale this fall.