Opulence upon extravagance (and many zeroes tagged on the price tag). If you’ve always wanted the S-Class’s power and luxury but wanted the rush of wind through your hair too, a convertible version of the Mercedes-Benz S‑Class is now available in SA. We have pricing and details.
If you’re thinking this is the first time Mercedes has done a massive range-topping four-seat cabriolet, think again. Back in 1971 they did an open-top S-Class and now 44 years later they’re bringing the distinctive, exclusive design to the cutting-edge technology available in the S-Class. The Cabriolet marks the introduction of the sixth variant to the current S-Class family first launched two years ago.
Mercedes-Benz, never shy of bold claims, says it is the world’s most comfortable convertible, with enhanced automatic wind protection from Aircap and the Airscarf neck-level heating system, heated armrests, seats and the fully automatic intelligent climate control.
A extravagant cabriolet like this is all about superiority and exclusivity and accordingly it gets its own unique styling. There is a black diamond radiator grille featuring the Mercedes star with a single louvre in silver with chrome inserts, while the bonnet adds two powerful character lines and optional LED Intelligent Light System features Swarovski crystals for the daytime running lamps.
The three-layer acoustic soft top is available in black, dark blue, beige and dark red and can open and close on the move up to speeds of 60kph with the operation taking around 20 seconds. The soft top is deposited above the automatically extending luggage compartment partition.
Around the rear end there is a real impression of width courtesy of flat LED tail lights and muscular shoulders and the soft top compartment lid which is framed by chrome trim elements.
The S-Class coupe upon which it’s based sports the quietest interior in the world, so it stands to reason refinement and low wind noise with the roof down was top of mind in crafting the S-Class Cabriolet.
The S-Class Cab boasts a drag coefficient value of just 0.29, the aerodynamics leader in this segment. This is attributable to extensive underbody, engine compartment and rear axle panelling, and even the aerodynamically optimised wheel spoilers and shape of the wing mirrors.
With the soft top open, a lounge-type setting exudes a yacht-like atmosphere. Colours and materials and six different interior concepts make for a classy setting with a broad scope for individualisation.
Even though it’s a cabriolet, Mercedes says this is still a fully-fledged member of the S-Class family. The range starts at the V8-powered S500 Cabrio with 335kW/700Nm, power harnessed through the company’s innovative 9-speed automatic transmission. Airmatic semi-active air suspension features variable damping control. It retails for R2 309 488.
Next wrung on the ladder is the Mercedes-AMG Cabriolet S63 which will set you back R2 914 036 for the pleasure of its twin-turbo 5.5-litre 430kW/900Nm histrionics. 0-100kph dispatched in 4.2sec. Before, finally, you alight on the Mercedes-AMG S65 for R3 518 368. This leviathan stakes claim to 463kW/1000Nm and a 0-100kph hustle in 4.1sec. Excess at its most.