"After 44 years, we can finally offer a convertible on the basis of the S-Class," said Ola Källenius, head of marketing and sales at Daimler AG (and former president of AMG).
As usual in this segment, Mercedes opts for a classic, elegant and ultra-thick canvas top. In fact, Mercedes claims it's one of the most refined convertibles on the market: double glazing, insulated door seals and a new 3-layer soft top.
The aerodynamic elements also help to reduce the sound level. For example, the front spoiler incorporates small protuberances in its lower part, below the air intakes, which produce turbulence that, according to Mercedes, cancel out some of the air noise when driving.
The same desire to isolate the air and temperature change on board stands out in the interior. In terms of design we find the same dashboard and interior as in the S-Class Coupé: that wise mix of modernity and tradition that gives it a neo-retro, almost steam-punk air. However, in terms of equipment, the S-Class Convertible incorporates windbreaker nets (AIRCAP), a new function of AIRSCARF, those vents at the base of the headrest that blow cold or hot air so that you can always drive with the top open regardless of the outside temperature.
Similarly, "the climate control system uses 12 sensors and 18 actuators to provide an ideal ambient temperature in all conditions. One of these sensors even controls the quality of the air that is captured outside before it is sent into the passenger compartment.
No doubt the new S-Class Convertible is a masterpiece of engineering (full of the most advanced active and passive safety systems), as always in the S-Class, but to go to so much trouble to make a convertible and then isolate the occupants from the outside seems to me, at least, curious.
Finally, it's worth mentioning that the range of engines includes the 4.7-litre V8 with 455 hp in the S500, associated with the 9G-Tronic nine-speed automatic transmission, and the 5.5-litre AMG with 585 hp and 900 Nm in the AMG S 63 4Matic, which allows 0-60 mph in 3.9 seconds despite weighing 2,185 kg.