Mercedes-Benz is adding a fourth convertible to its North American lineup: the S class. The German automaker will introduce the car this month at the Frankfurt auto show. Press days are Sept. 15 and 16.
The S550 cabriolet, scheduled to arrive at North American dealers next spring, joins three other S-class variants and is the first convertible Mercedes flagship since 1971, the company says.
Two versions of the car will be available: the standard S550, powered by a 4.6-liter V-8 rated at 449 hp and a 9-speed automatic transmission, and the high-performance Mercedes-AMG S63. That car comes with a 5.5-liter twin-turbo V-8 mated to a 7-speed transmission with configurable shift modes. The top speed is limited to 186 mph, and 0-to-60 mph takes just 3.9 seconds.
Both models get the full array of Mercedes safety equipment. Mercedes engineers also paid close attention to managing wind noise. The S550 comes with a three-layer cloth top, double-glazed windows and an electronically deployed air deflector.
No prices were announced, but the S550 cabriolet will likely be far more expensive than the four models of S500 sedans, which range in price from $97,575 to $99,575, including shipping.