Ah, the Mercedes S-Class convertible – how in the name of all that is breathtakingly artful and evocative about automotive design did 40 years pass by without the second coming of the quintessential high-end luxury convertible?
Looking smooth as the glassy surface of a windless sea, the 2017 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabriolet’s upcoming debut – fittingly, at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show – heralds the arrival of an elegantly beautiful classic drop-top’s motif in a new, different age. The three-layered canvas roof’s perfected acoustics promise a serenely quiet ride that never compromises its aerodynamic grace. In fact, it turns out numbers barely above those of its two S-Class siblings while deploying and folding its roof in a brisk 20 seconds at speeds up to 37 mph.
Don’t mistake handsome grace for want of strength, either. It’s S63 AMG trim option holds a 5.5-liter powerplant that kicks out 577 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque while the S550 brings a 4.7-liter, twin-turbo V8’s 449 hp and 516 pound-feet.
Of course, it wouldn’t be a legacy Mercedes without a wealth of refined finishing touches. The S-Class Cabriolet also comes equipped with Burmeister audio components including a 3D sound system tapping into a touch-operated infotainment system, the European icon of automotive sophistication’s newly unveiled Mercedes-exclusive Thermotronic climate control, a brilliantly useful heads-up display, and hot stone massage program. Yes…hot stone massage.
The future is here…and it is swank.