2017 Mercedes Benz S Class Cabriolet
Category : 2017 Cars
Because of this (and as with the Coupe), we’d recommend the S63 over the base model if you every want to enjoy this car at something approaching speed. Even with that punchy 577-hp V8 underhood, though, the car doesn’t goad you into pushing the limit. You can go as fast as you want to, up to an electronically limited speed of 155 mph, at least, but you’re never going to coax more than a restrained brap out of the AMG-built V8.
He’s also an avid motorsports fan who follows the Pirelli World Challenge, IndyCar and Formula One. Old World charm and large automobiles don’t always mix comfortably, and there’s no way around it: This is a big car. The new S-Class premieres an intelligent climate control system which in future will provide for ideal climate comfort coupled with maximum user-friendliness in all open-top vehicles from Mercedes-Benz. And while both of these cars — and respective V8’s — are mated to Benz’s new 9G-Tronic automatic transmission, the S65 Cabriolet gets AMG’s seven-speed setup. When the sun goes down, I get to try out Night View Assist Plus, which displays an image of what’s ahead on the main gauge cluster and is capable of recognizing animals and pedestrians for added safety at night
The switch in the centre console can be used to open and close the soft top while on the move up to a speed of 60 km/h. The soft top is deposited above the automatically extending luggage compartment partition. The newly developed soft top from Mercedes Benz is a tensioning-arm top. This avoids the need for any additional closures on the soft top compartment lid, in keeping with the high design quality embodied by the S-Class Cabrio. When closing the soft top, the required closing forces are generated by moving the tensioning arms beyond the dead centre position – a process known as ‘overcentering’. Opening and closing take around 20 seconds. With the electronic key, opening and closing are also possible from outside the vehicle.
Instead of the rip-roaring AMG engine, the S 500 packs a 4. I quickly notice its less carbon fiber-enhanced looks, lighter steering, even more compliant air suspension and quieter drivetrain demeanor. 7-liter twin-turbo V-8 with only 449 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. Things settle down again in the afternoon when I get into a base model S 500 Cabriolet, which will be known here in the US as the S550 Cabriolet when it goes on sale in late spring starting at 1,400. That works with a nine-speed automatic gearbox that routes powers to rear wheels.