The Mercedes-Benz S-Class doesn’t declare itself to be ‘the best car in the world’ for nothing. With virtually unrivalled standards of luxury inside and out, an excellent and all-encompassing array of engines and a body-style to suit every occasion from the stag doo to the mother-in-law’s birthday, Merc’s historic flagbearer is undeniably the gold standard for all-round excellence in the motoring world.
Whether you’re swayed by the traditional iconic saloon, charmed by the more compact proportions of the coupé or accustomed to luxury on an even more grandiose scale with the long-wheelbase, Maybach or Pullman editions, the S-Class line-up caters for every niche imaginable. At least, almost every niche.
A sixth S-Class variant has been on the cards for some time. Now, we finally have firm evidence of its impending arrival as the covers come off and the top comes down on the newest member of the family. Meet the first ever Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabriolet.
Okay, so it may not be the actual animal in the flesh but this official Mercedes sketch is certainly a revealing one. Judging by the amount of detail poured into each virtual pen-stroke – take particular note of the meticulously in-depth interior elements – this interpretation is mighty close to the production-ready Cabriolet that will debut at September’s Frankfurt Motor Show.
In the design department, the convertible S-Class appears to share most in common with its coupé sibling. The automatic folding fabric roof, the largest in production anywhere in the world, is more than a little reminiscent of the S-Class Coupé’s pretty, flowing roofline. Although we’ve yet to see it in action, this soft-top will incorporate a sizable rear window for maximum viability. The biggest departure from the Coupé’s design comes at the rear in the form of a revised, more angular boot lid which houses the drop-top roof when not required. Elsewhere, it’s a case of as-you-were, with the same familiar clamshell bonnet and heavily sculpted flanks maintaining the classic S-Class touch of beauty.
Needless to say, interior space will not be at a premium. As with the Coupé variant, the new S-Class Cabriolet is a true four-seater. With the roof down in this sketch, we can also ascertain that the dashboard and centre console both fall in line with the rest of the S-Class range
We understand that Mercedes will offer at least two petrol engines from launch with the S-Class Cabriolet. These are expected to include the S500’s twin-turbocharged 4.6-litre V8 producing 449bhp along with the heavy-hitting 577bhp 5.5-litre unit in the S63 AMG version. However, don’t be surprised to see the mighty 6.0 litre V12 let out to play later next year under the bonnet of the S65 AMG. Just think of the soundtrack that this 621bhp 6.0 litre piece of hardware will belt out. We think it’s a pretty persuasive argument to get exited about the new open top S-Class.