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Mercedes-Benz S-Class opens up in powerful new way

Power operated top can open or close in 17 seconds at speeds up to 50 km/h

2016 Mercedes-Benz S 65 Cabriolet

A lot of people thought it pretty cool when Mercedes-Benz announced plans to make a convertible version of the S-Class, but the company has now announced an AMG version. How much cooler is that?

“The new S 65 Cabriolet sets benchmarks for all relevant criteria: top performance, a breathtaking driving experience and exquisite appointments,” says Tobias Moers, Chairman of Mercedes-AMG GmbH. “The customer base for our V12 biturbo engine expects the ultimate in every respect. That is why we are offering a 4-seater high-performance convertible with this legendary power unit for the first time.”

To stake its claim as the new flagship of the S-Class, the S 65 Cabriolet combines the awesome power of the 6.0-litre twin-turbo V-12 with the ability to feel that hurricane-force generated wind in your hair when the top is pulled back. Among the comfort and convenience features, besides the amenities expected from the S-Class, are the AIRCAP wind protection system (a deployable deflector atop the windshield to direct the rush of air over vehicle occupants) and the AIRSCARF neck-warming system.

From a coupe-like closed silhouette, the fully automatic top can be opened in about 17 seconds at vehicle speeds up to 50 km/h (and takes just as long to close, at the same vehicle speeds). Available in four colours (black, dark blue, beige and dark red), the 3-layer top is designed to keep out windnoise and the elements, and its liner is a stylish high-quality blend of nappa leather and DINAMICA microfiber (to match the upholstery and interior trim).

The top deposits itself above the luggage compartment, with a compartment automatically deploying to keep luggage and top separate (the compartment has to be manually retracted by a button on the instrument panel). And despite the added need for structural stability to keep integrity when the top is down, the new S 65 Cabriolet retains the weight of the coupe.

The 630-hp (making peak torque of 737 lb-ft of torque) biturbo V-12 powers the 4-seat convertible to 100 km/h in 4.1 seconds and to a top speed of 300 km/h (with the available AMG Driver’s Package), with power controlled by the AMG Speeshift Plus 7G-Tronic transmission.

And to keep it all on the road, there is an AIRMATIC sport suspension that grants a comfortable ride for long-distance cruising as well as the ability to handle like a sports coupe when the need arises.

The car is due in dealerships in spring 2016.

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