The first open-top luxury S-Class from Mercedes-Benz since 1971 has been fully revealed.
The new Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabriolet has been teased recently, but now the German automaker has dropped the top and unveiled the new car in its full glory ahead of its debut at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show later this month in Germany.
According to Mercedes, the new convertible S-Class variant is exceptionally rigid and features innovative solutions such as a luggage compartment bulkhead made of aluminum and magnesium to help save weight. The aluminum rear floor also helps make the S-Class Cabriolet weigh close to the coupe model, with the Mercedes-AMG S63 S 4MATIC Cabriolet weighing around 4,652 pounds.
Speaking of the S63 Cabriolet from AMG, that specific model will be powered by a 5.5-liter Biturbo V8 engine with 585 hp and 664 lb-ft of torque, allowing the convertible to go from zero to 62 mph in 3.9 seconds. The standard S500 Cabriolet will sport 455 hp from its V8 engine along with 516 lb-ft of torque.
The S-Class Cabriolet will get an enhanced automatic wind protection system as well as the Airscarf heating system. When the soft top is opened, it folds away into part of the luggage compartment, but remains separated from the remaining luggage compartment space by means of an electrically operated retractable cover that encloses the soft top. As a result, the driver no longer needs to stop in order to operate the luggage compartment cover manually.
Opening and closing the convertible takes around 20 seconds and the soft top can be operated at speeds up to 37 mph.
Check back for more details on the Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabriolet when it makes its public debut at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show.
“Two years after its launch, the S-Class family is now complete. We have never offered six models in the luxury class before – and never before have we enjoyed such success,” says Prof. Dr Thomas Weber, member of the Daimler Board of Management responsible for Group Research and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars Development.
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