Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabriolet S500 18

Frankfurt 2015 saw the official debut of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabriolet, the Tristar’s first luxury convertible for four in 44 years – the A 217 had been unveiled earlier in the month, but was making its first full appearance at the show. The order books for this one will open at the end of the year, the car set to begin selling sometime next spring.

As previewed, the S-Class Cabriolet was shown in both its available variants, the entry-level S 500 and the Mercedes-AMG S 63 4Matic Cabriolet. The base S 500 features a 4.7 litre V8 engine offering 455 hp and 700 Nm of torque pushed through to the rear wheels via a nine-speed 9G-Tronic automatic transmission.

The one with sportier pretensions is equipped with a 5.5 litre biturbo V8, with 585 hp and 900 Nm on call, with an AMG Speedshift MCT seven-speed automatic deploying the power to all four wheels. Not exactly light of foot at 2,070 kg, but it’s fast nonetheless – the variant manages a 0-100 km/h sprint time of 3.9 seconds and gets to an electronically-limited 250 km/h top speed.

The AMG S 63 features AMG sports seats and gets a customised TFT instrument cluster with a 330 km/h readout and ‘V8 Biturbo’ lettering and is also dressed with quad exhaust tips (the S 500 gets dual outlets).

Standard kit includes Airmatic air suspension for both variants, a three-layer canvas top – available in either black, dark blue, beige and dark red – that can be raised or lowered in just over 20 seconds and operational at up to speeds of 60 km/h as well as the marque’s new Thermotronic intelligent climate control system, which features 12 sensors and 18 actuators that allow it to autonomously adjust itself to the optimum setting, top up or down.

Optional equipment includes Aircap wind protection and an Airscarf neck-level heating system, while other AMG-only add-ons include 19-inch forged alloy wheels shod with 255/45 front and 285/40 rear tyres. It doesn’t stop there – 20-inch alloys (255/40 in front, 285/35 at the rear) can be specified, as can a high-performance carbon ceramic braking system.

Safety equipment includes a full pyrotechnically-driven mechanism for the rollover protection system, on top of the usual Pre-Safe Brake, Distronic Plus and Collision Prevention Assist Plus systems on call.

Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabriolet S 500

Mercedes-AMG S 63 4Matic Cabriolet