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2016 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabriolet: Frankfurt Auto Show

What Is It?

The 2016 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabriolet is exactly what it sounds like: a convertible version of the Mercedes S-Class. Well, maybe not exactly: It’s actually a convertible version of the recently released S-Class Coupe, which means it has only two doors — not the typical sedan body style you probably think about when you hear of the S-Class.

On the outside, the S-Class Cabriolet looks exactly like you might expect if you’re used to the S-Class Coupe: There’s a long, flat hood, a wide rear deck, handsome character lines and a beautiful profile. Removing the roof is the only real exterior modification Mercedes seems to have made in order to turn the S-Class Coupe into a Cabriolet.

And what about that roof? Well, it’s a soft-top, unlike Mercedes’ sportier SL-Class and SLK-Class convertibles, which use power-operated hardtops. It’s also capable of being lowered or raised in just 20 seconds at speeds of up to 37 miles per hour. And it touts Mercedes’ excellent AIRSCARF feature, which offers neck heating when the top is down to keep you warm.

Other traits of the S-Class Cabriolet are roughly carried over from the Coupe, including two varieties: the 449-horsepower S550 and the 577-hp S63 AMG. Interior styling is also retained, as are a wide range of opulent features such as adaptive cruise control, night vision, a 360-degree camera system and more.

How Much?

Although pricing hasn’t been announced, this one won’t be cheap: We’d expect a healthy premium over the S-Class Coupe, which starts at a pricy $122,500 with shipping.

When Can You Get It?

Spring 2016

Add It to Your Shopping List Because…

Lifelong S-Class fans will know that the high-end model hasn’t offered a convertible variant in decades. That’s finally changing this year, as the 2016 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabriolet brings a drop-top back to the S-Class lineup. For some drivers, that alone is reason enough to add it to their shopping list. Others will have to be wooed by the handsome styling, smooth and powerful engines, impressive list of equipment and road presence that reaches into the upper echelon of the luxury-car realm.

Other Cars to Consider

2016 BMW 6 Series — Although the 6 Series is smaller and offers a sportier demeanor, its general purpose — a large, handsome convertible cruiser — is similar to the S-Class Cabriolet.

2016 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class — Mercedes’ own SL-Class offers stiff competition for the S-Class Coupe, as it touts a new design, a folding hardtop and a sportier driving experience.

2016 Porsche 911 — While the 911 is a little sportier than the S-Class Cabriolet, it also offers top-down pleasure combined with cutting-edge high-end touches. Plus, that extra performance is always there if you want it.

Used Bentley Continental GTC — The luxurious Bentley Continental GTC offers monstrous engines, huge presence and lots of luxury — just like the S-Class Cabriolet. But at nearly $200,000, it’s a lot more expensive than the Benz. If you’re interested, you may want to consider a used model.

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Doug Demuro
Doug DeMuro writes articles and makes videos, mainly about cars. Doug was born in Denver, Colorado, and received an economics degree from Emory University in Atlanta. After graduation, Doug spent three years working for Porsche Cars North America. Eventually, he quit his job to become a writer, largely because it meant that he no longer had to wear pants. Doug’s work has been featured in a... Read More

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