The topless superclass

Stuttgart, 31 August 2015

After 44 years of waiting has finally come and Mercedes will open the superclass back upwards. The Stuttgart carmaker expanding the S-Class model family is a four-seater cabriolet. The premiere of the new relatives takes place ( to 27 September 17.) in Frankfurt at the IAA 2015th

No additional weight

60 percent of the body shell parts originate from the S - Class Coupé. New to the Cabrio is that the tail carriage entirely made ​​of aluminum. In addition, due to the elimination of the roof had to be reinforced, inter alia, the rear wall behind the rear seats or the underbody. Through these measures, the Cabrio has not become heavier than the coupe ( from 2030 kg ), on the other hand, the rigidity of the body has remained the same.

The difference: The top

Due to the close relationship to the S - Class Coupé, the topless version of the S-Class also rejects optically heavily on this. So are the creative differences ?? just in the closed state of the convertible ?? only marginally. Only the three-layered fabric soft top with glass rear window ( the top is available in black, dark blue, beige and dark red available ) raises fresh air variant on the closed counterpart. The top operation works up to a speed of 60 km / h. The roof open or close within 20 seconds.

No wind, no turbulence

In order to reduce wind noise and turbulence when the top is, can on request an automatic draft shield system order. It consists of two components: an extendable to seven centimeters wind vane in the windscreen frame and a draft-stop behind the rear seats. Also optional on board: a head space heating, heated armrests, seats for all seats, a heated steering wheel and a fully automatic climate control. The latter know whether the roof is open or closed, it also measures the indoor and outdoor temperature, solar radiation and even air quality.

Interior comfort and assistance systems

The animal skin increases read in the Stuttgart - interior - options list as follows: leather, nappa leather and Exclusive nappa leather. For this purpose, applications made ​​of real metal or chrome-look journeymen. To exclude design Geschmacksverirrungen from its customers, Mercedes offers six prefabricated interior color concepts. On the part of the assistance systems there is, however, a seemingly endless number of detectors and helpers: A pedestrian recognition, a steering assistant, an automatic storage - pilot, adaptive high beam, a night vision function and a brake assist are there just a few examples.

Two drive units, twice V8

The selectable drive units wirds manageable again: In S 500 Cabrio tinkers a 4.7 liter large V8 engine with 455 hp and up to 700 Nm of torque. It should be content with 8.5 liters of premium petrol per 100 kilometers. The power is delivered through a nine-speed automatic transmission to the rear wheels. Also standard on board: an air suspension with continuous damping control. The even sportier version of the Mercedes-AMG S 63 convertible, which gets a 5.5 - liter twin-turbo V8 with 585 hp and 900 implanted maximum Newton meter torque. In 3.9 seconds, the four-seat performance Cabriolet accelerates to 100 km / h. The top speed is electronically limited at 250 km / h.

AMG accessories

In addition, the AMG model with more extras waiting for: In addition to sporty designed rear-and front apron flaps in the exhaust system integrated, adjust the engine sound at the selected travel program ( " Controlled Efficiency ", " Sport " or "Manual" ). The gear selector can be left to request a seven-speed sports transmission and the S 63 reserved all-wheel drive distributes the engine torque 33 percent to the front and 67 percent to the rear axle. Is delayed ?? extra charge ?? by ceramic composite brakes.

Prices for launch

The S Convertible has 63 ?? as the weaker S-500 variant also ?? Premiere at the IAA 2015. The pre-orders and sales start in December 2015. The official launch will take place in the spring of 2016th Prices for the luxurious topless fun for up to four persons are not yet known. The cheapest S - Class Coupé is available from 122,154 euros . (ml)