Next to the S-Class Coupe Mercedes-Benz will also proudly reveal the drop top Cabriolet at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, sporting the same refreshes but the added panache of driving with the wind in your hair.
Look closely and you’ll find no difference between the coupe and Cabriolet, save for the absence of the fixed roof, of course. The opulent Cabriolet sports the exact same measure of refreshes as the Coupe brethren, including an enhanced battery of driving assistance systems with extended functions that will make you feel autonomous cars are closer than anyone believes: Active Distance Control DISTRONIC and Active Steering Assist, with automatic adjustment of speeds ahead of bends, junctions or roundabouts, and increased use of map and navigation data. The Cabriolet doesn’t bode well with the entry level S 450 Coupe so the engine has been nixed for the open top.
As such, the powertrain range kicks off with the S560, using the same upgraded 4.0-liter biturbo V8, sporting 469 hp and 700 Nm (516 pound-feet of torque), linked to the nine-speed automatic transmission (9 G-TRONIC) – but here you can only opt for RWD, whereas the Coupe is also AWD (4Matic). Then the crazy AMG models follow – the S63 with the V8 and AMG Speedshift nine-speed dual-clutch transmission, good for a 3.5 seconds acceleration to 62 mph / 100 kph. You can also opt for the S65, packing a V12 with 630 hp and 1000 Nm – but as opposed to the 4Matic+ S63, the S 65 is only RWD – so it’s slower off the mark, hitting the 62 mph mark in 4.1 seconds.