Last year at the Frankfurt Motor Show, Mercedes-Benz was getting all eyes for its drop-top S-Class Cabriolet and now the company has finally made official the price and the specifications of the luxury convertible that is up for pre-orders now. The deliveries of this luxurious bomb will start from summers in the UK. It is the first soft-top 4-seater cabriolet since 1971 from Mercedes and the 6th variant of the S-Class group. A total of 3 models having petrol engines will be up for sale where the base model – the Mercedes-Benz S500 AMG – will be priced at £110,120 followed by S 63 AMG and S 65 AMG at £135,675 and £192,805, respectively.
The S 500 draws power from a 4.7L twin-turbo V8 engine capable of churning out a top power of 449hp, which goes from 0-100kmph in 4.6 seconds. On the other hand, the S 63, the second highest model, has a more powerful 5.5L twin turbocharged V8 powermill that delivers a peak power of 577hp. This engine can accelerate the car to 100kmph from a standstill in just 3.9 seconds. The costliest and the highest variant among the three – the S 65 AMG – is blessed with a 60L V12 twin turbo powertrain that offers a maximum power of 621hp. It takes the cabriolet from 0-100kmph in mere 4.1 seconds.
Mercedes S 63 and S 65 can attain a top speed of 155mph and with the Driver’s AMG package installed, the top speed can be increased to 186mph. With the roof in place, the all new S-Class Cabriolet seems to be the same as the S-Class Coupe, bearing the same swept-back headlamps following the steep windscreen, elegant long bonnet and that distinct side curve on the border side. However, the rear side has been worked upon giving the new cabrio a longer deck stretching till the window of the open-top, though the overall dimensions of the Cabriolet remains same to that of the Coupe’s.
LED lights, air suspension, 19-inch alloy wheels, 12.3-inch display screen with sat-nav, adaptive high-beams, heated and ventilated leather seats, ‘AIRSCARF’ neck heating and an automatic boot separator are some of the common features supportable in all the three variants. Being on the higher side of price scale, the S 63 comes with chrome tailpipes, a new front splitter and grille, a sports exhaust system and a bigger sound system, whereas topping the chart is the flagship S 65 that is bestowed with lights having Swarovski crystals, heated steering wheel, a 23-speaker stereo and 20-inch alloy wheels.
It takes approximately 20 seconds for the rooftop to get folded when the vehicle is moving at the speed of up to 37mph. To make the driving and travelling experience smooth, comfortable and above all luxurious, a new set of tech features have been introduced in the new S-Class Cabriolet, which include the latest Thermotronic climate control system that with the help of 18 actuators and 12 sensors automatically detects and retain the temperature within the cabin, compensating the open roof. This system can also sense the harmful or poisonous gases inflowing the cabin and react accordingly.
Other special features include the Draft-reducing electric wind deflectors and AIRSCARF neck-level heating by Mercedes. The AIRCAP technology helps in the reduction of turbulence to make sure that the driver experiences a draft-free drive.
To maintain the rigidness and lightness of the S-Class Cabriolet at the same time, Mercedes has use aluminium and magnesium for the firewall and the rear floor to balance the add-on weight of the roof mechanism. Die-cast cross members and extra floor bracing play crucial role in maintaining the rigidity of the cabriolet.
Though there is no official announcement on the availability of S-Class in India, trusted resources are indicating that Mercedes-Benz will introduce the all new S-Class Cabriolet through the CBU route and if the rumors are to be believed, the german automaker will launch on S 500 initially for the Indian car market. The price of the soft-top cabriolet is expected to fall somewhere around Rs. 2.5 crore to Rs. 3 crore, considering the fact of heavy custom duty. So, all the loyal fans of Mercedes who might have been thinking of purchasing this sexy lady will have to wait for a little longer until the company opens its route for India.