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Mercedes S-Class Cabriolet: High-tech drop-top cruiser unveiled

Mercedes-Benz has fully unveiled the luxurious S-Class Cabriolet at the Frankfurt motor show


The new Mercedes S-Class Cabriolet has been revealed at the 2015 Frankfurt motor show, where this new technological tour-de-force has been fully detailed.

Although Mercedes has built many luxurious Cabriolets throughout the years, the company claims that this new S-Class Cabriolet luxury is the first four-seater model since the 1961 220SE Cabriolet.

While the external lines are extremely similar to the coupe model, an electronic folding fabric hood doesn’t pretend to hide its convertible roots like some metal-roofed rivals. With the roof up, the car manages a slippery drag coefficient of 0.29, which is the best in class – bringing benefits of fuel efficiency and refinement. Mercedes also claims that the cabrio’s body shell remains as stiff as Coupe.

Taking around 20 seconds to retract, the roof can also be raised and lowered at speeds of up to 37mph. With the roof down, the S-Class Cabriolet cossets the occupants with new Aircap and Airscarf systems, as well as heated seats and armrests all-round.

As with the coupe, interior technology is at the forefront of the industry, with Thermotronic climate control taking care of the interior temperature. It measures every conceivable variable, including exterior air quality, and keeps the interior feeling fresh for the occupants.

There are a few engine options to choose from, starting with the entry-level 449bhp S500 Cabriolet, but further up the range is where things start to get really interesting. Just like the coupe, there is also a Mercedes-AMG S63 model, complete with 577bhp on tap. This means that you can run the 0-62mph sprint in 3.9secs. Top speed is limited to 155mph.

UK pricing for the car has yet to be announced, however Mercedes does say that the new car will cost a premium over the equivalent coupe models, while estimates put the entry-level S500 Cabriolet at around £110,000.

Read the more detailed Mercedes S-Class Cabriolet on evo.co.uk

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