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Style points on S Coupe

The forth-coming S-class Coupe (C217) has some very new and interesting style features. For the most part, I think that it is a very successful design, deftly communicating the values that the model is intended to demonstrate. Things like quality, luxury, poise, performance, and so on, that the CLs have personified, plus some more progressive values in this new iteration.

My notion is that there is room for discussion about the various elements of the new design in terms of aesthetics as well as functionality and even practicality. Perhaps this thread can serve as a kick-off for that discussion here.
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I think I like it as is, I want to see one in real life before I say too much.
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Then I shouldn't think that you will find this thread to be very interesting.
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This thread will be very interesting to me,, I have seen lots of comments on other forums, mostly from 219 owners, but there again I do not like the 219myself.

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Yup. Not a big CLS fan myself.
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chrome-look splitter

One reason for my anticipatory interest in the new model is a general enthusiasm for sophisticated auto design, but a more focused aspect for me is my plan to have a deposit down soon on a build allotment and the possibility that I may be faced with finalizing an order before the first examples are available for me to actually set eyes on.

From browsing YouTube, I have seen 3 versions of the coupe so far: the base S550, the base with AMG wheels and a ground effects package, and the S63.

One of the notable design elements on the S Coupe is the chrome facing on the front splitter. (Personally, I like the looks of the version with the ground effects package the best.) I am of two minds, though regarding the use of a chrome finish in this area.

I presume that this part is a plastic of some sort with a chrome-look film and not true chromed steel. But, in either case, the finish has some strong benefits and some strong shortcomings.

For durability in the face of chemicals, grime, UV, and so forth, chrome is one of the best surfaces. For durability in the instance of impact, stone chip (plasticized version), or road rash, chrome is one of the worst.

If you have ever lived with chrome wheels, you have probably run into the problem of getting a small blemish of curb rash and finding that the finish began to deteriorate progressively from that spot and that there is no remedy for restoring it to an unblemished surface short of re-plating or replacing the wheel. Chromed plastic will not have that progressing deterioration problem, but will be similarly impossible to restore. There is no buffing out or feathering in paint, etc.

Now, the front splitter, it seems to me, would be uncommonly vulnerable to scrapes, chips, and rash.

My guess is that one would simply tolerate the accumulation of defects until replacing the strip with a fresh new one. In M-B parts pricing, surely that will run to hundreds of dollars.

If the above is a tolerably useful analysis, should we simply accept that part of the price of owning such a gorgeous vehicle with that striking sleek simitar of a splitter is buying a new trim piece every few years?
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I must agree with all that you have said, the first picture did not show all that chrome on the front, and thinking back it was a shock when the last picture came out, the chrome was too much and not in keeping with the car at all.

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Will I live long enough to get one,,I will have to wait and see.

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One reason for my anticipatory interest in the new model is a general enthusiasm for sophisticated auto design, but a more focused aspect for me is my plan to have a deposit down soon on a build allotment and the possibility that I may be faced with finalizing an order before the first examples are available for me to actually set eyes on.

From browsing YouTube, I have seen 3 versions of the coupe so far: the base S550, the base with AMG wheels and a ground effects package, and the S63.

One of the notable design elements on the S Coupe is the chrome facing on the front splitter. (Personally, I like the looks of the version with the ground effects package the best.) I am of two minds, though regarding the use of a chrome finish in this area.

I presume that this part is a plastic of some sort with a chrome-look film and not true chromed steel. But, in either case, the finish has some strong benefits and some strong shortcomings.

For durability in the face of chemicals, grime, UV, and so forth, chrome is one of the best surfaces. For durability in the instance of impact, stone chip (plasticized version), or road rash, chrome is one of the worst.

If you have ever lived with chrome wheels, you have probably run into the problem of getting a small blemish of curb rash and finding that the finish began to deteriorate progressively from that spot and that there is no remedy for restoring it to an unblemished surface short of re-plating or replacing the wheel. Chromed plastic will not have that progressing deterioration problem, but will be similarly impossible to restore. There is no buffing out or feathering in paint, etc.

Now, the front splitter, it seems to me, would be uncommonly vulnerable to scrapes, chips, and rash.

My guess is that one would simply tolerate the accumulation of defects until replacing the strip with a fresh new one. In M-B parts pricing, surely that will run to hundreds of dollars.

If the above is a tolerably useful analysis, should we simply accept that part of the price of owning such a gorgeous vehicle with that striking sleek simitar of a splitter is buying a new trim piece every few years?
I placed my order a few weeks ago and plan on covering the front end with expel clear auto film. Terrible roads around here! This car shows the lines better in the light colors but I've spent the last few years with a silver Benz so I just couldn't pass on the Osidian Black with the saddle exclusive desgno leather and the sport styling package. Should be a great fall this year
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