With the German brand expanding the S-Class lineup to near ludicrous levels of luxury and performance, the new S-Class Cabriolet will definitely be one of most head-turning within the lineup. Additionally, it is the first four-seat convertible S-Class the automaker has put into production since 1971.
According to Mercedes, the S-Class Cabriolet will sport all the same luxury accoutrements its coupe and sedan stablemates enjoy, just without the top, thereby exposing drivers and passengers to the wonders outside. Like the proletariat. The roof can be raised or dropped at speeds up to 38 miles per hour, and will do so in around 20 seconds. For those cooler mornings, or crazy people who continue to drive convertibles into the winter, Mercedes has built neck-warmers into the seats.
Along with the neck-warmers, the car has an array of sensors that measure everything from the dew point, to the amount of solar radiation you’re ingesting. No word yet on whether or not it lathers you with sunscreen if you start to burn.
As for power, the base car will have a 4.6-liter biturbo V8 engine that produces 449 horsepower, and 516 lb-ft of torque. The new S-Class Cabriolet will also get the AMG designation and feature a 5.5-liter biturbo V8 with 577 horsepower and 664 lb-ft of torque making it able to hit 60 miles per hour from a standstill in just 3.9 seconds.
The car will also feature Mercedes’ new 9G-Tronic 9-speed automatic transmission that will surely give it one of the smoothest rides out there. These cars will officially debut in Frankfurt on the 17th. Mercedes hasn’t released pricing yet, but the cars are likely to be comparable to their non-convertible brethren.