Well, Mercedes-Benz has finally done it. The automaker is expanding the S-Class line up with a sleek, hot, drop its top S-Class Cabriolet. It’s the first convertible Mercedes flagship since 1971, and will round out Mercedes current convertible offerings to four. It will also be offered in an AMG version.
“With its sensual and pure design idiom, our new S-Class Cabriolet is one of the most beautiful and exclusive S-Class cars of all time. It embodies modern luxury in a very special way and is an expression of both effortless superiority and progressivity,” says Gorden Wagner, Head of Design at Daimler AG.
The Cabriolet is based off the S-Class Coupe and has a coupe-like profile. The front features a hood with two distinctive lines drawn back from the black diamond radiator grille with the Mercedes star and a single middle bar in silver with chrome inserts. The shine continues with a horizontal chrome trim design on the rear and a chrome lid on the soft top compartment.
The soft top is available in black, dark blue, beige, and dark red. It lowers and raises automatically in under 20 seconds. It can lower and raise at speeds up to 37 mph using either a switch in the center console or a button on the keys. When down, the top folds into a compartment part of the trunk that is integrated back into trunk storage when the roof is up.
The Cabriolet features the new Airscarf neck-level heating system for comfortable cold weather open air driving. Airscarf works by circulating warm air around the head and neck of passengers through the headrests.
The Cabriolet is available in two model choices. The first is the S550 model that gets a V8 engine with 449 horsepower. The second is the AMG S63 4MATIC model that features a 5.5-liter V8 biturbo engine with 577 horsepower and goes from zero to 60 in 3.9 seconds. It also features some special design touches for a sportier feel.
“Two years after its launch, the S-Class family is now complete. We have never offered six models worldwide in the luxury class before – and never before have we enjoyed such success. The S-Class sets the pace on the global market when it comes to safety, efficiency and comfort,” says Prof. Dr. Thomas Weber, Member of the Daimler Board of Management responsible for Group Research and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars Development.
The Cabriolet will premier at the Frankfurt International Motor Show and will go on sale in the late spring.