Mercedes-Benz will introduce convertible versions of its new S class next week at the Frankfurt auto show.
The S550 Cabriolet and the high-performance Mercedes-AMG S63 4MATIC Cabriolet are scheduled to arrive at U.S. dealerships next spring. Mercedes has not had an open-top flagship four-seater since 1971.
The S550 Cabriolet will be powered by a 4.6-liter V-8 rated at 449 hp and a nine-speed automatic transmission. The S63 4MATIC Cabriolet comes with a 5.5-liter twin-turbo V-8 combined with a seven-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 Cabriolet and the S63 4MATIC Cabriolet come with a three-layer cloth top, double-glazed windows and an electronically deployed air deflector.
Prices for both convertible versions are to be announced in the spring. The S550 Cabriolet likely will be far more expensive than the three S500 sedan models, which range in price from $95,325 to $99,575, including shipping.