After teasing it briefly last week, Mercedes-Benz has officially pulled the wraps off the all-new S-Class cabriolet. The full size drop top four-seater is designed to go head-to-head with the Bentley Continental GT and will be offered in standard S500 trim or high-performance S63 AMG trim from launch.
The S-Class cabriolet is the first convertible S-Class since the 1971 W111 and joins the existing sedan and coupe variants of the luxury limousine. Thanks to the use of aluminum and magnesium in the trunk lid and other crucial parts of the S-Class cabriolet’s construction, it weighs no more than the coupe with which it shares a platform and also boasts a low drag co-efficient for a soft-top car.
As expected, the S500 cabriolet will be powered by the same 449 horsepower, 516 lb-ft 4.6-liter V8 engine as the coupe and will be linked up to Merc’s 9G-Tronic 9-speed automatic transmission. The S63 AMG is powered by a 577 hp and 664 lb-ft 5.5-liter V8, which will ensure a brisk 0-60 mph of around 3.9 seconds, Mercedes says.
As for the roof, it takes just 20 seconds to fully raise and lower and will operate at speeds up to 38 mph. The S-Class cabriolet is also fitted with some special tech exclusive to the convertible such as pop-up rollover protection cars, ‘Aircap’ wind blocking elements, Airscarf neck-level heating and a special climate control system that seamlessly keeps the temperature constant whether the top is raised or lowered.
The S-Class cabriolet is scheduled to make its official in-person debut at the 205 Frankfurt Motor Show on September 17th.