The 2016 Mercedes-Benz S-Class cabriolet has broke cover ahead of its planned debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show next month. In the only photo Mercedes released of the new full-size drop top, the car is pictured alongside the original convertible S-Class, which was sold from 1961 through to 1971.
Mercedes is touting the S-Class cabriolet as a direct rival to the Bentley Continental GT Convertible. When the car first arrives, it will be offered with either a 449 horsepower 4.6-liter twin-turbocharged V8 in the S500 or a 577 horsepower 5.5-liter twin-turbocharged V8 in the S63 AMG. At a later date the S65 AMG cabriolet will arrive with the same 621 horsepower 6.0-liter twin-turbocharged V12 found in the S655 sedan.
The S-Class cabriolet’s folding soft-top roof, which is designed to mimic the shape of the coupe’s roof, is the largest ever fitted to a series production car, according to Mercedes. Joining the roof is a tonneau cover behind the rear seats, which hides the soft top roof when it’s folded down.
Inside there will be room for four occupants, and unlike most convertible coupes, there will be plenty of room for the back seat passengers. The rear seats recline electronically and are separated by a center console section, which houses controls for the seats.
More information and photos of the 2016 Mercedes-Benz S-Class cabriolet should become available following its Frankfurt debut in September.