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


The first S-Class convertible in 44 years.

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

Itis mated to a new 9G-TRONC 9-speed automatic and arrives with a standardAIRMATIC semi-active air suspension. As for the 5.5-liter V8 biturbo-equipped Mercedes-AMGS63 4MATIC Cabriolet, it comes with an AWD system, 577 hp and 664 lb-ft oftorque as well as the coupe's 7-speed AMG Speedshift transmission. Differentiatingthem 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 20seconds and at speeds of up to 37 mph. Aerodynamics remain nearly unchanged, with thecabriolet returning a CoD of 0.9.

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The S-Class Cabriolet arrives with Mercedes' AirScarf neck heater andthe new Thermotronic climate feature, which employs 12 sensors and 18 actuatorsto take over the HVAC system and make it "the world's most comfortableconvertible." Mercedes hasn't released weight figures for thesemodels, but the combination of a soft top and much investment in weight savingsshould 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. Thecabriolets will cost you about $15,000 more than their coupe counterparts, withthe S550 starting at $122,475 and the S63 at $164,075.