2017 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabriolet Drops its Top in Germany
By Christian Wardlaw, September 08, 2015
Strike while the iron is hot, goes the old saying. With the debut of the new S-Class Cabriolet at the 2015 Frankfurt International Motor Show, Mercedes-Benz is doing just that, leveraging an increasing wealth gap in the United States as well as growing economies in other parts of the world to sell a new flagship, mega-buck machine.
“Two years after its launch, the S-Class family is now complete. We have never offered six models worldwide in the luxury class before—and never before have we enjoyed such success,” said Prof. Dr. Thomas Weber, Member of the Daimler Board of Management responsible for Group Research and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars Development.
Two versions of the 2017 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabriolet will be available. The S550 will feature a 449-horsepower, 4.7-liter V-8 engine (4,663 cc of displacement), a 9-speed automatic transmission, rear-wheel drive, and an AirMatic suspension.
The Mercedes-AMG S63 Cabriolet is equipped with a twin-turbocharged 5.5-liter V-8, a 7-speed dual-clutch automated manual transmission, and a 4Matic all-wheel-drive system sending 67% of engine power to the rear wheels. This powertrain accelerates the 4-seat luxury convertible to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds, according to Mercedes, and on to a top speed of 186 mph.
Naturally, the S63 includes an adaptive damping suspension with multiple driver-selected settings, active exhaust flaps so that the car is quiet when you need it to be and loud when you want it to be, and a set of performance brakes. Ceramic composite discs are an option.
A triple-layer, acoustic fabric top ensures maximum quiet and protection from the elements, opens and closes in 20 seconds, and can be operated at speeds up to 37 mph, Mercedes says. Owners can also open or close the top from outside the vehicle, using the key.
The top folds down into the car’s luggage compartment. A partition within the trunk automatically slides into place, and if it encounters an obstacle the roof will not open. Long items can be through-loaded into the car whether or not the top is raised or lowered.
In addition to offering the full suite of Mercedes-Benz safety technologies, the new S-Class Cabriolet is equipped with a rollover-protection system that automatically deploys from behind the rear seats in the event of a rollover accident.
A new intelligent climate control system is also standard for the 2017 S-Class Cabriolet. Designed specifically for convertibles, it includes an enhanced version of the automaker’s AirCap automatic wind-protection system, which uses a wind deflector that deploys over the windshield and a wind stop located behind the rear seats to reduce drafts within the cabin. An AirScarf neck heating system is also standard, along with heated front and rear seats. Fully automatic Thermotronic climate operation selects the right temperature regardless of whether the top is open or closed, and an optional Warmth & Comfort package includes heated armrests and a heated steering wheel.
Mercedes promises a quiet cabin with the roof raised, in part due to double-glazed windows, an acoustic roof liner, and a new water barrier process applied to the inner part of the roof’s outer layer. The top is available in black, dark blue, beige, and red colors.
Several colors are offered for the interior, too, rendered in Nappa or exclusive Nappa leather. Six interior color concepts have been created for the S-Class Cabriolet, including a nautical theme employing deep-sea blue and porcelain colors. The standard Air Balance cabin fragrance system offers a new Pacific Mood scent.
For maximum opulence, the S-Class Cabriolet’s optional LED Intelligent Light System embeds Swarovski crystals into the turn signals and running lights. Something tells us this new top-shelf Benz will turn plenty of heads without them.