ATLANTA – Luxury convertible shoppers will be offered two versions of the 2017 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabriolet when the droptop arrives at Mercedes-Benz showrooms in late spring 2016. The S-Class Cabriolet will debut at the 2015 Frankfurt Auto Show.
Pricing will be announced closer to the car’s launch date. This is the first convertible Mercedes-Benz flagship since 1971, the German automaker said.
The standard 2017 Mercedes-Benz S550 Cabriolet is equipped with a 4.7-liter V8 biturbo engine rated at 449 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. The engine is mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission.
The S550 Cabriolet sprints from zero to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds.
The high-performance 2017 Mercedes-AMG S63 4Matic Cabriolet is powered by a hand-built AMG 5.5-liter V8 biturbo engine that delivers 577 hp and 664 lb-ft of torque. The engine is linked to a seven-speed transmission with configurable shift modes.
Zero to 60 mph time takes just 3.9 seconds. Top speed is limited to 186 mph.
Both versions are based on the S-Class Coupe.
Mercedes-Benz is touting the new droptop as “the world’s most comfortable convertible.”
A long list of standard equipment on the S-Class Cabriolet includes a Burmester surround sound system, Airmatic suspension system, full LED exterior lighting and an Airscarf neck-level heating system.
The three-layer soft top can open or close in less than 20 seconds.
A head-up display is optional on the S550 and standard on the S63. A Warmth & Comfort package adds a heated steering wheel, heated front armrests and heated rear seats.
The main competitors to the S-Class Cabriolet are the Bentley Continental GTC and BMW 6 Series.
Edmunds says: Buyers must have deep pockets, since this coveted convertible is expected to have a price tag that exceeds $120,000.