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Mercedes Drops The S-Class Cabriolet And It's Drop-Dead Gorgeous

The first S-Class convertible in 44 years.

Just ahead of the IAA Frankfurt Motor Show 2015, Mercedes-Benz and Mercedes-AMG have dropped the top on their newest flagship convertibles: the S550 and S63 Cabriolets. According to their press statements, "The new S-class cabriolet symbolizes our passion for individual and timelessly exclusive mobility, which we share with our customers.” The fourth variant of the current S-Class, its spec is almost unchanged from the coupe, with the AWD S550's V8 offering 449 hp V8 and 516 lb-ft of torque.

It is mated to a new 9G-TRONC 9-speed automatic and arrives with a standard AIRMATIC semi-active air suspension. As for the 5.5-liter V8 biturbo-equipped Mercedes-AMG S63 4MATIC Cabriolet, it comes with an AWD system, 577 hp and 664 lb-ft of torque as well as the coupe's 7-speed AMG Speedshift transmission. Differentiating them from the coupe models, the cabriolets comes with a "fully pyrotechnic" roll over protection system. The top can be lowered or raised in less than 20 seconds and at speeds of up to 37 mph. Aerodynamics remain nearly unchanged, with the cabriolet returning a CoD of 0.9.

The S-Class Cabriolet arrives with Mercedes' AirScarf neck heater and the new Thermotronic climate feature, which employs 12 sensors and 18 actuators to take over the HVAC system and make it "the world's most comfortable convertible." Mercedes hasn't released weight figures for these models, but the combination of a soft top and much investment in weight savings should offer performance that nearly mirrors that of the coupe models. For example, the company states that the S63 will accelerate from 0-60 in 3.9 seconds. The cabriolets will cost you about $15,000 more than their coupe counterparts, with the S550 starting at $122,475 and the S63 at $164,075.

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