Mercedes is a word associated with reliability, comfort, luxury and elegance. They have only one thing on their mind, perfection. Even the budget models, like the B-Class are engineered with top notch technology and care. Just like every teen nowadays seems to be inclined towards a particular brand, Mercedes go back to the S-Class time and again, only that Mercedes is something far greater than a pimply teen, and has been putting its faith in the S-Class since the 1950s. Even then, the S-Class was an amazing vehicle, except for one thing, its names. They gave it names like the ‘Ponton’ and ‘Fintail’. Now, this is a major issue to me, because if you have a car as great as the S-Class, you want to tell people about it. And it would be tough, I guess, to say that you drive a ‘Ponton’ in front of a group of ladies. It’s 2016 now, we are past the halfway mark of 2016, and the S-Class is still going strong. Mercedes has done all sorts of things to it, they have given it the coupe treatment, they have given it the AMG treatment, they have given it the Maybach treatment, hell, and they have also given it the bulletproof treatment. And just when all of us start thinking that that’s it for the S-Class, guess what Mercedes does? It gives it the Cabriolet treatment (*insert big smirk here*).
The cabriolet will be available with three engine options, a 4.7l turbo V8 in the S500, a twin-turbo 5.5l V8 in the S63 AMG and a 6l turbo v12 in the S65 AMG. Now, the numbers are heavy, but so is the competition for the S-Class. Because of its price tag, it’s now direct rivals with the BMW 6 Series Convertible, the Bentley Continental GTC and the Maserati Gran Cabrio.
Don’t be fooled by the engine options, this still is an S-Class built for comfort as its primary focus. The V8 is great for cruising, but give it a gentle nudge, and it’ll fall over the edge, churning out enormous horsepower. The 9-speed dual clutch gearbox does a very good job of extracting power, propelling the S-Class to 100kmph in just 4.7 seconds. The cabriolet comes with a Sports mode, what it does basically is that it allows the engine to rev higher, improves the accelerator response, makes the steering wheel just that much heavier and stiffens the standard air suspension.
In case of rain, you can have a roof over your head in less than 20 seconds, and you can do up to 50kmph without the procedure stopping midway. Mercedes has said that the roof also provides good noise cancellation. It also comes with an Airscarf neck warmer as well as climate control, which maintains the temperature whether the roof is open or closed. Another marvelous feature is the perfume dispenser that has the optional Air Balance package as standard, which ensures that the same amount of fragrance is spread in the cabin regardless of whether the cabin is closed or open.
As mentioned earlier, the Cabriolet will be direct rivals with the 6 – Series, the Continental GTC and the Gran Cabrio. When you look at it, and read about it, and take it for a drive, it certainly feels like it belongs. The Cabriolet is part of a motoring brand that has been given the title of the best car in the world and has big shoes to fill, and I am sure it most certainly will. What do you think of the S-Class Cabriolet? Let me know in the comments. 🙂