The new S-Class Convertible offers a stunning take on a timeless classic.
Following a Mercedes tradition that dates back nearly 100 years, the S-Class Convertible gives an extra dimension to the cool and comfortable executive saloon.
Mercedes will hope that the new S-Class can build on the reputation as one of the most-sought after classic cars, as a contemporary take on a model which originated in the 1920s - though there has been no four-seat S-Class Convertible since 1971, with only the two-seat SL-Class occupying the large convertible bracket.
The slick design of the cabrio wouldn't look out of place in Monaco's marina. Its exclusive high-end materials and state-of-the-art technology means that the Mercedes is now setting itself as the standard of the most comfortable cabriolet in the world.
With a long bonnet and sweeping profile, the Convertible matches its saloon stablemate right up to the A-pillar. The swooping coupe-like rear gives a dynamic feel and though it makes the cabin look small from the outside, the interior is no less palatial than the regular S-Class.
As you might expect, even the roof is something special, with a high-tech ‘acoustically optimised’ multi-layer soft-top, meaning that the cabin isn't significantly louder at speed than in the saloon. The S-Class can lose the roof in just 20 seconds - and at speeds of up to 37mph - into an extending luggage divider in the boot.
A new Thermodynamic climate control system compensates when the roof is down to keep the cabin temperature at your desired settings, and can even detect harmful gases entering the cockpit. Mercedes AIRCAP wind protection system and AIRSCARF neck-level heating system complement the intelligent climate control, along with heated armrests and rear seat heaters.
The S-Class Convertible has been designed to be as strong and light as possible, with an aluminium bulkhead behind the rear seats, with an aluminium rear floor increasing torsional rigidity.
Two models will be made available initially. The S500 features a 449bhp twin turbo 4.7 litre V8, while the S63 AMG offers a 577bhp 5.5 litre bi-turbo V8 that will see you from 0-62mph in 3.0 seconds - making the S-Class Convertible one of the quickest drop-tops on the planet.