Car News 24 Feb 2016

The New Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabriolet is Revealed.

The New Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabriolet is Revealed. 

The new 2016 S Class Cabriolet made its official debut at the Frankfurt motor show last week.

This is Daimler’s first luxury open-topped four-seater since 1971 and is the sixth and final member of the S-Class line-up.

Based on the two-door S-class coupe, the rival to the Bentley Continental GT Speed Convertible uses aluminium and magnesium in key areas to keep weight down and Mercedes claims that its bodykit is no heavier than that of the S-class Coupe.

Two versions will be made available from launch, the S500, which will feature a 449bhp twin-turbo 4.7-litre V8 engine, and the S63 AMG, which is powered by a 577bhp 5.5-litre bi-turbo V8 engine and can reach 62mph in 3.9secs, at a limited speed of 155mph.

The exterior is similar to the coupe with elegant lines and a smooth soft- top roof that leaves the profile unsullied when closed.    

The interior includes new technology to make the experience as luxurious as possible.  A new Thermotronic climate control adjusts automatically depending on whether the roof is up or down and measures humidity on the windscreen to prevent fogging. Similarly, the new convertible will get the Aircap and Airscarf systems which provide extra wind protection and vent warm air at the occupants, respectively, as well as, heated armrests, rear heated seats and fully automatic climate control on the specification list.

The new S-Class convertible will reach the UK early next year with prices expected to start around £110,000 for the S500 variant. 


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