• Jun 22, 2006

Auto Motor und Sport
is reporting that Mercedes-Benz may be developing a four-door convertible version of its flagship luxury sedan, the S-Class. It will reportedly sport the longest soft top every produced and be powered by an equally large 6.0L V12 engine. We can expect the interior to be trimmed out in even more opulent luxury than a standard S-Class, as well. The S-Class convertible will surface in early 2007 as a concept at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

[Source: Auto Motor und Sport]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      I have to agree with Milos. This seems like an answer to a question nobody asked. The Google trans is a little funny, any idea if they're thinking rag top or hard top?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Toyota's Lexus will copy this in 4 years, so don't worry. They have engineered a great luxury car, and copied every design from Mercedes.
      One year, Mercedes delayed their release of the new S-class, and it threw off Lexus design team so much, because they were so afraid to release their own fresh design. The new Lexus always released a year
      after the S-class for "copy-ability" looked almost exactly like their previous LS. It was a big joke for designers, to see Lexus smooth out the corners on their flagship car, and call it "all new!" The
      Mercedes surprised and unveiled their new front-end look, and left the Lexus looking like an old car, even new. Never can you say a Mercedes looks like a Lexus/Toyota. We know who the copycat is.I love this car, btw.
      I Have always loved big 5 passenger convertibles. 4-doors makes everything more comfy and luxurious. Set up a picnic in the back seat with your best couple
      friends, and you and your partner in the front, head to the island, any island driveable, that's auto fun. Some of the best:

      http://www.hispanianews.com/archive/2000/January14/la_auto_show/cielo_lg.jpg

      http://www.lovefords.org/61linc/images/61_lincconv_pond.jpg
      and one of the worst:

      http://www.imperialclub.com/Yr/1959/4-DoorVert/59-4-doorConvert-big.jpg
      • 8 Years Ago
      Thats AWFUL!!!
      • 8 Years Ago
      I'm not a fan of the new styling, especially not the overly trendy, un-sedan-like wheel arches, but this concept is bad to the bone. It would sell to those who could afford it. A return to the double phaetons of yore.

      I just have no idea how they'd engineer it to retain the structural rigidity people expect from a Mercedes.

      My site's page for the S-Class:

      http://www.truedelta.com/models/S-Class.php
      • 8 Years Ago
      if they wanted to make something like Corniche or Bentley, they should leave that to Maybach. By making this version of s-class (and smaller maybach) they risk of making Maybach without clear identity or purpose as uber-luxurious Mercedes.
      • 8 Years Ago
      One would buy a 5M convertible for the same reason they would purchase a Azimut 86s, or a Magnum 88... because open vehicles are best enjoyed with friends, crusising from beach to the night spot.
      • 8 Years Ago
      now that it seems that chrysler isn't going to build the asc 300c convertible, M-bens has decided to nick the idea, except it won't look as good as 300c convertible
      • 8 Years Ago
      I'm sure this isn't the longest soft top ever produced. I know there are a couple old cars with seating for 9 (3 bench) that came in a drop top.

      Perhaps the longest soft top MB has ever produced.

      --Noah
      • 8 Years Ago
      They will doubtless do it to make a unique Mercedes statement on the market, but a CL convertible would be an awfully nice car. Someone should mention the wind exposure in the rear compartment of a large convertible-- who knows, maybe it will be a dual-cowl phaeton, lol!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Yes. Because that's picture is not the product of a 16 year old and photoshop. It's a real picture. With real looking background all blured by the fantastic speed of this beautiful car. Presented in that great color and from that great angle.

      • 8 Years Ago
      Toyota take notice: a drop top Avalon would look like this!
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