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Want to know how much you're going to need to shell out for Mercedes' new flagship convertible? MBUSA hasn't announced pricing for the US market just yet, but based on pricing announced in Europe the cabrio should set you back between $135k and $250k.

In Germany, the new S-Class Cabriolet will start at €139,051.50 in S500 spec, and €187,484.50 for the AMG S63. Those figures includes 19 percent Value-Added Tax, and don't directly translate to what Americans customers should expect to pay. However the prices represent a premium of approximately 11 percent over the fixed-roof coupe versions of the same – which is roughly the difference Benz charges for an E-Class cabrio over an E-Class coupe.

Apply that difference to the US-market S-Class Coupe pricing already available and you'll be looking at about $135k for the S550 and $180k for the S63 once they reach dealers in the spring. The the top-of-the-line S65, just announced with its twin-turbo V12 and 738 pound-feet of torque, should retail for over $250k, arriving at dealers later in the summer. That ought to make the 12-cylinder drop-top the most expensive model Mercedes offers, eclipsing the AMG GT, G65, and Maybach S600.

Official pricing will be announced closer to launch, but at those projected prices, the S-Class Cabriolet should compare rather favorably to the competition. The Bentley Continental GTC that will be one of its chief rivals ranges from $212k for the base V8 model (comparable to the S550) to $257k for the top-of-the-line twelve-cylinder Speed version (with which the S65 will invariably be compared). Other four-seat convertibles at this level include the BMW M6 ($120k), Maserati GranTurismo ($140k), and Ferrari California T ($200k). Aston Martin charges $215k for the DB9 and $300k for the Vanquish Volante, and while Rolls-Royce has yet to price the new Dawn, it should hover closer to $300k as well.

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S-Class Cabriolet now available to order
Stuttgart, Dec 18, 2015

Roll on springtime: The new Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabriolet can be ordered as of now with prices starting from 139,051.50 euros[1] and will be making its way to dealers from April 2016. The sixth variant of the current S-Class family is simultaneously the first open-top luxury four seater from Mercedes-Benz since 1971.

The new cabriolet offers distinctive design, the cutting-edge technology of the S-Class and a comprehensive heat insulation and draft shield concept including intelligent air-conditioning control for cabriolets.

With a Cd value of 0.29, aerodynamics world champion Mercedes-Benz sets a new benchmark in this segment with the S-Class Cabriolet. As a worthy sister model for the S-Class Coupé - the series production car with the quietest interior of all - the open four-seater offers excellent noise-related comfort, too. A three-layer acoustic soft top comes as standard.

The V8 engine of the S 500 cabriolet (from 139,051.50 euros) has an output of 335 kW (455 HP). Engine displacement is 4,663 cm3, maximum torque 700 Nm at 1,800 rpm. With NEDC consumption (combined) the cabriolet consumes just 8.5 litres Super/100 km, the CO2 emissions are 199 g/km.
For the first time in the company's history Mercedes-AMG has a luxury-class cabriolet in its model range with the S 63 4MATIC (from 187,484.50 euros). The twin-turbo 5.5-litre V8 engine generates an output of 430 kW (585 HP) as well as 900 Nm maximum torque and accelerates the cabriolet from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.9 seconds. As standard the S 63 comes with the AMG performance all-wheel drive with rear-biased torque distribution. A further Mercedes-AMG vehicle, the S 65 Cabriolet, can be ordered from 4 April 2016.

The data at a glance:
Cabriolet
S 500
Mercedes-AMGS 63 4MATIC
Number of cylinders/arrangement
8/V
8/V
Displacement (cc)
4663
5461
Rated output (kW/hp at rpm)
335 (455) at 5,250-5,500
430 (585) at 5,500
Rated torque (Nm at rpm)
700 at 1,800-3,500
900 at 2,250-3,750
Fuel consumption (combined) from (l/100 km)
8.5
10.4
Combined CO2 emissions from (g/km)
199
244
Efficiency class
C
E
Acceleration 0-100 km/h (s)
4.6
3.9
Top speed (km/h)
250
250
Prices starting at (euros)
139,051.50
187,484.50

The S-Class Cabriolet comes with an extensive range of standard equipment – among others COMAND Online, the intelligent THERMOTRONIC automatic climate control, electrically adjustable front seats with Memory Package, as well as the LED Intelligent Light System all come as standard. The two-door model can be individualised by adding the AMG design and equipment line, the Exclusive Package, and numerous other optional extras.

The design and equipment line AMG Line (6,485.50 euros) comprises AMG bodystyling components on the exterior, consisting of front and rear aprons as well as side skirts with inserts finished in the colour of the car, the diamond radiator grille with chrome pins as well as 21-inch 5-double-spoke design AMG light alloy wheels painted titanium grey. The front and rear brake discs are perforated, while the front and rear brake callipers have "Mercedes-Benz" lettering. Interior features of the AMG Line include high-gloss black poplar wood trim, AMG sports pedals in brushed stainless steel with rubber studs and AMG floor mats in velour.

The Exclusive Package includes the exclusive designo nappa leather upholstery, consisting of seats and instrument panel in nappa leather with contrasting topstitching and edging, centre armrest and door centre panels as well as front and back arm rests in nappa leather with contrasting topstitching. Another stand-out feature is the seat upholstery layout in a diamond design with patterned perforations. There are metal designo badges in the seat backrests plus a designo roof liner and sunblinds in DINAMICA microfibre. Also part of the Exclusive Package are the map pockets in the driver and front passenger seat backrest in designo nappa leather, velour floor mats with designo metal badges, stainless steel boot sill as well as door sills with illuminated "Mercedes-Benz" lettering. The Exclusive Package costs 7,925.40 euros for the S 500 Cabriolet, and 5,902.40 euros for the Mercedes-AMG S 63 4MATIC.

The new S-Class Cabriolet is optionally available with the automatic draft shield system AIRCAP (1,178.10 euros). This can be extended at the touch of a button to reduce turbulence in the interior. AIRCAP consists of two components: a wind deflector with a grid in the windscreen frame that is extendible by seven centimetres and an extendible draught-stop behind the rear seats with convex contours and stainless steel trim elements.

Another optionally available feature is the AIRSCARF neck-level heating system (773.50 euros). This extends the convertible season by enabling comfortable open-top driving even at low outside temperatures. With this patented neck-level heating system, warmed air circulates around the head and neck areas of the occupants from the head restraints.

The Warmth Comfort Package (511.70 euros) ensures even more cosy warmth. The armrests on the centre console and the doors as well as the multifunction steering wheel can be heated in addition to the seats. Driver and front passenger can choose between three different heating levels at the touch of a button.

[1] All prices: recommended retail price in Germany incl. 19 % value added tax

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