Mercedes’ S-Class Cabriolet was revealed at last year's Frankfurt Motor Show, and now full details on prices and specifications have been released - with a starting price of £110,120 for the drop-top luxury car.
From launch, three versions will be made available to buyers. The S 500 will feature a 449bhp twin-turbo 4.7-litre V8 engine that emits 199g/km of CO2, while the S 63 AMG is powered by a 577bhp 5.5-litre bi-turbo V8. It takes the cabrio from 0-62mph in 3.9 seconds, and features carbon ceramic brakes and air-suspension as standard.
Finally there's the even more expensive S 65 AMG, which goes from 0-62mph in 4.1 seconds thanks to its 621bhp V12 engine. Both the S 63 and S 65 have a top speed of 155mph, but you can pay extra for that to be raised to 186mph with the AMG Driver's package. Prices start at £135,675 and £192,805 respectively, but you can go for the S 500 model at £110,120 if you're looking to save some cash.
Standard kit on all models includes 19-inch alloys, LED lights, adaptive high-beams, air suspension, sat-nav with a 12.3-inch display screen, 'airscarf' neck heating, heated and ventilated leather seats and an automatic boot seperator. The S 63 adds a new front splitter and grille, chrome tailpipes, a bigger sound system and a sports exhaust system. The flagship S 65 gets Swarovski crystals in the lights, 20-inch alloys, a heated steering wheel and a 23-speaker stereo.
With the roof in place, the cabrio’s profile is almost entirely unchanged from the sleek S-Class Coupe. The same graceful long bonnet and swept-back headlamps trail into the steeply raked windscreen and distinctive side kinks on the flanks. The rear has been revised slightly, with a longer deck meeting the more upright window of the soft-top, but the Cabriolet’s overall dimensions are identical to the Coupé’s.
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As you’d expect, the roof is state-of-the-art. An ‘acoustically optimised’ multi-layer lining combines with a (rubber-like) butyl outer coating and double glazing to make it one of the most insulated soft-tops on the market. It folds down electrically in 20 seconds – either remotely or at speeds of up to 37mph – on to an automatically extending luggage divider in the boot.
And there’s a host of new tech to make the experience as luxurious as possible. A new Thermotronic climate control system uses sensors and actuators to automatically compensate for the lowered roof and maintain the temperature, and can even detect the presence of harmful gases entering the cabin. Draft-reducing electric wind deflectors and Mercedes’ Airscarf neck-level heating are also available. Under the skin, Mercedes has concentrated on making the S-Class cabrio both as rigid and as light as possible.
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The use of aluminium and magnesium in the rear floor and firewall compensate for the additional weight of the roof mechanism, while extra floor bracing and die-cast cross members help to maintain rigidity.
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