Open-top luxury: the new Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabriolet.
Distinctive. Sensual. Exclusive.
The new S-Class Cabriolet is the sixth variant of the current S-Class family and the first open-top luxury four-seater from Mercedes-Benz since 1971. It offers a distinctive, sensual and exclusive design, the cutting-edge technology of the S-Class and a comprehensive warmth and wind protection concept which includes intelligent climate control for convertibles. In addition Mercedes-AMG presents two superlative dream cars in the guise of the S 63 4MATIC Cabriolet and S 65 4MATIC Cabriolet. For Mercedes-Benz, 2016 is the year of the cabriolet and the roadster. No other manufacturer offers so many and such young cabriolets and roadsters as Mercedes-Benz Cars. The new C-Class Cabriolet – the latest in a long line of dream cars – has just celebrated its world premiere in Geneva, as has the Mercedes-AMG C 43 4MATIC. Other signs of spring are the two updated SL and SLC roadsters, as well as the performance roadsters from Mercedes-AMG. The latest range of convertible dream cars extends from the smart fortwo cabrio to the S-Class Cabriolet. “After 45 years we are once again offering an open-top variant of the S-Class. The new S-Class Cabriolet symbolises our passion for individual and timelessly exclusive mobility, which we share with our customers”, remarks Ola Källenius, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG, Mercedes-Benz Cars Marketing & Sales.
Mercedes-AMG C 43 4MATIC:
Fuel consumption combined: 8.9-8.6 l/100 km;
combined CO₂ emissions: 209-200 g/km.*
Intelligent lightweight design.
The new S-Class Cabriolet is exceptionally rigid. Innovative solutions such as the luggage compartment bulkhead made of aluminium and magnesium as well as the aluminium rear floor also lower the bodyshell weight to the level of the S-Class Coupé. The body engineers have achieved two essentially contradictory aims: in terms of torsional stiffness, the S-Class Cabriolet even attains values on a par with those of the S-Class Coupé which was superseded last year, while at the same time the bodyshell weight of the current closed sister model has been maintained. With a Cd value of 0.29, aerodynamics world champion Mercedes-Benz sets a new benchmark in this segment with the S-Class Cabriolet. The excellent air flow characteristics are attributable, for example, to the underbody panelling concept with extensive engine compartment and main floor panelling, the extensive rear axle cladding, the aerodynamically optimised wheel spoilers, the aerodynamic shape of the exterior mirrors and the well-balanced power split between front and rear axle. As a sister model for the S-Class Coupé – the series production car with the quietest interior of all – the open-top four-seater offers excellent noise-related comfort, too. A three-layer acoustic soft top comes as standard. Bodyshell measures, the sealing concept for the doors and the double glazing are also crucial to the low wind noise level in the interior.
Attention to detail.
Attention to detail is also evident in the luggage compartment concept: when the soft top is opened, it folds away into a section of the luggage compartment. The soft top is separated from the remaining luggage compartment space by means of an electrically operated retractable cover which encloses the soft top. This luggage compartment partition extends automatically when opening the soft top. This means that the driver does not need to stop in order to operate the luggage compartment cover manually, providing for added convenience.
Additional benefits are standard-specification electro-hydraulic remote closing for the boot lid and a through-loading facility into the interior. “Barely three years after its launch, the S-Class family has grown to six members. We have never offered so many models in the luxury class before - and never before have we enjoyed such success,” says Prof. Dr Thomas Weber, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG, Group Research & Mercedes-Benz Cars Development. “The S-Class sets the pace on the global market when it comes to safety, efficiency and comfort.”
Enhanced climate comfort.
Mercedes-Benz lays claim to building the world’s most comfortable convertible. When it comes to climate comfort, numerous features ensure that this is indeed the case – the enhanced automatic wind protection system AIRCAP, the AIRSCARF neck-level heating system, the heated armrests, the seat heating also in the rear plus the intelligent climate control, which is premiered in the new S-Class Cabriolet and which in future will provide for ideal climate comfort coupled with maximum user-friendliness in all open-top vehicles from Mercedes-Benz. In contrast to conventional systems, the climate is controlled fully automatically. This means that the driver does not need to select a mode for closed or open top, nor is it necessary to save a temperature setting for these driving conditions. An overlapping function performs the considerable feat of achieving an unnoticeable transition between closed and open top (and vice-versa) for maximum climate comfort. With two climate zones and three climate styles (diffuse, medium or focused), the standard-fit THERMOTRONIC automatic climate control system enables an individual feel-good climate on board.
Driver and front passenger are able to control the temperature, airflow and air distribution and to vary the temperature of their footwells in five levels, independently of each other. The optionally available Warmth Comfort package provides for even cosier conditions. The armrests on the centre console and the doors as well as the multifunction steering wheel can be heated, in addition to the seats.
Elegance in glittering style.
The centrepiece of the front end is the black diamond radiator grille featuring the Mercedes star and a single louvre in silver with chrome inserts. The bonnet adds dynamic touches with two powerful character lines. The striking front bumper incorporates large air intakes in the middle and at the sides. The chrome trim adds a sporty finishing touch to the front end. The optional LED Intelligent Light System showcases the car’s elegance in glittering style with exquisite Swarovski crystals for the direction indicators and daytime running lamps. “With its clear design idiom, our new S-Class Cabriolet is one of the most beautiful and exclusive S-Class cars of all time”, says Gorden Wagener, Head of Design at Daimler AG. “It embodies modern luxury in a very special way and is an expression of both effortless superiority and progressivity”.
Thrilling - whether open or closed.
The side design of the S-Class Cabriolet presents a thrilling dynamic coupé-style profile when the soft top is closed. Features of the side design include a low greenhouse, the dropping line of the side wall which descends towards the rear and the fully retractable side windows. The multilayer, taut soft top underscores the vehicle’s class when closed. The soft top is available in black, dark blue, beige and dark red. The switch in the centre console can be used to open and close the soft top while on the move up to a speed of 50 km/h. Opening and closing take around 20 seconds. The soft top is deposited above the automatically extending luggage compartment partition. The newly developed soft top from Mercedes-Benz is a tensioning-arm top. When closing the soft top, the required closing forces are generated by moving the tensioning arms beyond the dead centre position – a process known as “overcentering”. This avoids the need for any additional closures on the soft top compartment lid, in keeping with the high design quality embodied by the S-Class Cabriolet. With the electronic key, opening and closing are also possible from outside the vehicle.
The rear end underscores the impression of width with flat LED tail lights and muscular shoulders. The closed soft top with glass window blends harmoniously into the rear view. The soft top compartment lid is framed by a wide chrome trim element. The rear bumper with diffusor-look lower section, two visible tailpipe trims and a horizontal chrome trim element add a sporty finish. Inside, the S-Class Cabriolet boasts a luxuriously sporty design idiom and fine materials, conjuring up an exceptionally classy interior setting.
The soft top opens up to create an open-air lounge that exudes a yacht-like atmosphere. The carefully matched choice of colours and materials and the high-quality controls in real metal or in chrome look underscore the vehicle's highly exclusive character.
S 500 Cabriolet:
Fuel consumption combined: 9.1- 8.5 l/100 km;
combined CO₂ emissions: 212-199 g/km.*
Superlative dream car.
The V8 engine of the S 500 Cabriolet has an output of 335 kW (455 hp). The displacement stands at 4,663 cc and the engine produces peak torque of 700 Newton metres from 1,800 rpm. In NEDC combined mode the Cabriolet gets by on 9.1-8.5 litres of premium-grade petrol per 100 km, with CO₂ emissions of 212-199 g/km. The innovative 9G-TRONIC 9-speed automatic transmission supports both a dynamic and a fuel-saving driving style. The Mercedes-AMG S 63 4MATIC Cabriolet offers a 5.5-litre V8 biturbo engine with an output of 430 kW (585 hp) and peak torque of 900 Newton metres, AMG Performance 4MATIC all-wheel drive with rear-biased torque split as standard and acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.9 seconds. Top of the range is the twelve-cylinder open-top Mercedes-AMG S 65 with an output of 463 kW (630 hp) and peak torque of 1,000 Newton metres.
High level of driving comfort and precise suspension action.
The S-Class Cabriolet is fitted as standard with the full-support AIRMATIC semi-active air suspension featuring infinitely variable damping control. This system sets standards with respect to road roar and handling stability. It can be set to a sportier or more comfort-oriented mode, according to personal taste. The four-link front axle impresses with a high level of driving comfort, plus precise suspension action.
As the sixth variant of the current S-Class, the new S-Class Cabriolet is a member of the world's largest luxury model family. Its closest relative is the S-Class Coupé, from which the Cabriolet adopts around 60 percent of its bodyshell components. A completely new feature is the rear floor, produced in aluminium for the first time. This raises the share of this lightweight metal in terms of surface area to over 50 percent in the overall intelligent mix of materials.
More comfortable and even safer.
Like the S-Class Saloon and Coupé, the new Cabriolet is available with numerous new assistance systems that make driving even more comfortable and safer. Intelligent Drive systems include PRE-SAFE® Brake with pedestrian detection, DISTRONIC PLUS with Steering Assist and Stop&Go Pilot, Brake Assist BAS PLUS with Cross-Traffic Assist, Active Lane Keeping Assist, Adaptive Highbeam Assist Plus and Night View Assist Plus. In addition to a distance and collision warning function in conjunction with Adaptive Brake Assist, which offers collision protection from speeds as low as 7 km/h, the COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST PLUS system installed in even the standard vehicle also features an additional function: when a danger of collision persists and the driver fails to respond, the system is able to carry out autonomous braking at speeds of up to more than 100 km/h, thereby reducing the severity of collisions with slower or stopping vehicles. At speeds of up to around 50 km/h, the system also brakes in response to stationary vehicles and is able to prevent rear-end collisions at up to around 40 km/h.
Preventive occupant protection.
The PRE-SAFE® preventive occupant protection system has been upgraded to PRE-SAFE® PLUS. PRE-SAFE® PLUS can recognise an imminent rear-end collision and warn following traffic by flashing the rear hazard warning lights at a high frequency. When a danger of collision persists, the system can “lock” the brakes of the stationary vehicle prior to a rear-end collision and activate the PRE-SAFE® belt tensioners immediately before impact. This action minimises the risk of whiplash injury by reducing the forwards jolt caused by the impact and ensuring that the occupants are in the best possible position. On detecting an impending danger of the vehicle rolling over, the airbag control unit sends a corresponding signal to the standard-fit roll over protection system.
This is quickly extended behind the rear head restraints, helping to maintain a safe passenger compartment. The roll bars are extended not by spring force, but – for the first time in a Mercedes-Benz – by pyrotechnical means, using a gas generator. This is made possible by state-of-the-art yaw rate sensors which, in contrast to the previously employed tilting cone sensors, virtually rule out incorrect actuation.