2017 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabriolet Preview Page 2

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AMG performance on offer, of course

The higher-performance Mercedes-AMG S63 4Matic Cabriolet gets an AMG-built engine of the same size making 577 horsepower and 664 lb-ft, fitted with the AMG Speedshift MCT 7-speed automatic—a far quicker, more performance-oriented transmission—and a 4Matic all-wheel drive system defaulting to the rear wheels in its torque split. It can blast to 60 mph in just 3.9 seconds, and reach an electronically limited 186 mph.

Other upgrades for the S63 Cabriolet include high-performance composite brakes, and special weight-saving measures that include magnesium for the luggage-compartment bulkhead, special light-alloy wheels, and a lithium-ion battery.

The S550 rides on Mercedes-Benz’s familiar Airmatic air suspension, which can provide a wide range of settings, from comfort-oriented to most performance-tuned; AMG S63 models get an added

Inside, the S63 Cabriolet gets AMG sport seats for more lateral support, and an exclusive AMG gauge layout, on a high-resolution TFT color display. And on the outside, the AMG model stands out with its silver-chrome front splitter, ‘A-wing’ feature below the grille, and three-dimensional silver inserts for the side-sill panels—as well as a high-gloss black diffuser in back. Chromed twin tailpipes are a visual cue of this model’s performance exhaust system with sports flaps.

Building on a heritage of four-seat drop-tops

Design-wise, the S-Class Cabriolet lineup gets some of its inspiration from the ‘Ponton’ cabriolets of 1956 to 1961, and the 1961 220 SE Cabriolet four-seater.

You’ll find all the leading-edge safety features in the Cabriolet that you would in the sedan, including the Collision Prevention Assist Plus system that can autonomously brake at speeds of up to 65 mph and completely avoid rear-end collisions at up to 25 mph. Night View Assist Plus (night vision) and Active Lane Keeping Assist are also included. Plus pyrotechnically extending roll bars give the Cabriolet added rollover protection.

Other standard equipment will include Burmester Surround Sound, the touchpad COMAND infotainment system, full LED lamps with Adaptive Highbeam Assist, and a system that charcoal-filters, ionizes, and adds fragrance to your cabin air.

The S-Class Cabriolet lineup goes on sale in spring 2016, at prices to be announced at a later date. And check back for an up-close look in our coverage of this new model following its September 15 Frankfurt Auto Show debut. For more from the show, head to our dedicated hub.

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