Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabriolet previewed ahead of Frankfurt

Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabriolet previewed ahead of Frankfurt:

Teaser image highlights links with the original S-Class cabriolet from the 1960s

Mercedes-Benz has revealed its first teaser image for a new open-topped range-topper.

The new S-Class Cabriolet will make its official debut at the upcoming Frankfurt motor show, where Mercedes is sure to draw close links with luxury convertibles from its past.

In the latest teaser image, the new Cabriolet sits beside a classic 1961 220 SE Cabriolet, from the W 111 model series.

While not labelled with the S-Class moniker, the W 111 and even more luxurious W 112 are considered spiritual predecessors of today’s S-Class. As such, Mercedes is pitching the new car as the first open variant of the S-Class for 44 years.

The new car won’t quite have the same investment potential of classic Mercedes convertibles for some time, but the company is also keen to highlight the popularity – and value – of classic open-top Mercedes, cementing the brand’s open-top heritage.

No powertrain details have yet been announced, but the car is likely to share the same units as its closed-roof equivalents, the S-Class and S-Class Coupe. In Coupe form, the range currently comprises the 449bhp S 500, Mercedes-AMG S63 with a 577bhp twin-turbocharged V8, and the range-topping S 65, with twelve cylinders and 621bhp at its disposal.

Other Mercedes cabriolet features set to appear on the drop-top S-Class include the firm’s Aircap and Airscarf systems – the former providing extra wind protection for occupants, the latter venting warm air at the occupants’ necks.

Heated armrests, rear heated seats and fully automatic climate control will also feature – sure to leave occupants little more ruffled than those in the coupe equivalent.

The AMG models are also likely to offer Mercedes’ Magic Body Control system, that effectively tips the car into corners, negating body roll and a likely kerb weight of over two tons.

The new car will rival the Bentley Continental GT Convertible, and prices will be a step above those of the equivalent coupe – expect a figure in the region of £110,000 for the S 500 variant.

Frankfurt opens its doors to the press on September 15, and public on the September 17. You can follow further stories from the Frankfurt motor show here.

Antony Ingram

25 Aug 2015

(Via evo: News)