Way back in the 1950s Mercedes gave us the 220 convertible, then in the 1960s the 220 SE Cabriolet. Wait no more, Mercedes Benz is back in the open-top four seat business with the new S-Class Cabriolet. This is one sexy beast and once again, the first open-top four-seater from Mercedes-Benz since 1971 and the fourth in the current S-Class family and according to Mercedes-Benz, the world’s most comfortable convertible.Expect the new S-Class to offer many new features including a unique design and cutting-edge technologies which include wind protection and intelligent climate controls specifically for convertibles.
Let’s start with the innovative luggage compartment bulkhead, which is made of aluminium and magnesium as well as the aluminium rear floor. For safety, it comes with a standard-fit roll-over protection system behind the rear head restraints featuring pyrotechnic initiation of the actuators in addition to the roll bars, which are moved into position by a gas generator.
Being a convertible, climate control is important. Not to worry, the enhanced automatic wind protection system AIRCAP, the AIRSCARF neck-level heating system, the heated armrests, the seat heating for front and rear passengers and the intelligent climate control ensure that you’ll be in utmost comfort. The soft top opens up to create an open-air lounge. The carefully matched choice of colors and materials and the high-quality controls in real metal or in chrome look underscore the vehicle’s sexy character.
As far as looks, you’re ego will exceed it’s normal range with the redesigned sleek outer shell and various ad-ons and other nifty features. The centerpiece of the front end is the black diamond radiator grille featuring the Mercedes star and a single louvre in silver with chrome inserts. The chrome trim adds a sporty finishing touch to the front end. The LED Intelligent Light System can be ordered with optional exquisite Swarovski crystals for the turn signals and daytime running lights.
Inside, the S-Class Cabriolet boasts a luxurious sporty design with the quality materials you’ve come to expect from Mercedes, conjuring up an exceptionally refined interior setting. This S-Class Coupe has the quietest interior of any series production car, and the open four-seater continues the tradition by offering excellent noise-related comfort as well. A three-layer acoustic soft top comes as standard. The outer fabric cover incorporates a butyl layer as a water barrier on the inside lowering noise levels, as does the enhanced upholstery matting and the acoustically optimized roof lining.
Enough about the interior, let’s get to what really matters to at least most of us auto enthusiasts, the engine. You’ll have a V8 providing the S550 Cabriolet a very respectable 449 horsepower with a peak torque of 516 lb-ft from 1800 rpm. But, if you want more power, the AMG S63 4MATIC cabriolet has it with a 5.5-liter twin-turbo V8 delivering a sweet 577 hp and 664 lb-ft, or about 3.9-second 0-60. Environmentalists don’t have to worry as the innovative 9G-TRONIC 9-speed automatic transmission supports both a dynamic and a fuel-saving driving style.
With all that power, the new Cabriolet boasts numerous new assistance systems that make driving even more comfortable and safer then ever. The Intelligent Drive systems include PRE-SAFE® Brake with pedestrian detection, DISTRONIC PLUS with Steering Assist, Brake Assist BAS PLUS with Cross‑Traffic Assist, Active Lane Keeping Assist, Adaptive Highbeam Assist Plus and Night View Assist Plus.
As you can imagine, the Cabriolets from Mercedes-Benz are amongst the most sought-after classic cars – and the prices have developed accordingly. Strap in, the S-Class Cab will have its world premiere at the Frankfurt International Motor Show in September and arrive next spring as a 2017 model. Prices haven’t been announced, but word has it, they’ll run somewhere between $130k to $170k for the AMG version.
Story By: Christian B
Media By: Mercedes-Benz