Mercedes' S-Class Cabriolet here for Summer 2016
Published 26/08/2015 | 02:30
This is the first official picture of the new four-seater Mercedes S-Class Cabriolet which will make its world debut at the Frankfurt motor show next month.
It is expected here next summer, I'm told. Pricing is a guessing game at this stage but I don't think €180,000 would be too far out of the ball park. In reality we're probably looking at more for some models.
They have decided to issue the picture of the new car with that of the previous version of the open-top S-Class. Believe it or not that was sold from 1961 to 1971.
The new Cabriolet will be sold as a direct rival to the Bentley Continental GT Convertible.
Mercedes say it will have the largest folding fabric roof in a production model.
It has been set up in such a way, with several layers and a glass rear window, that it echoes the S-Class Coupé's roofline. Side windows are, however, smaller.
Because the stiffening effect of the coupe roof is absent, they have strengthened the windscreen frame quite considerably, according to reports.
Initial engines will include two petrols: a 450bhp twin-turbo 4.6-litre V8 (S500) and a stomping 577bhp twin-turbo 5.5-litre V8 engine (S63 AMG).
It is reported they will have a 620bhp twin-turbo 6-litre V12 at a later stage.
Obviously lots and lots of technology will be used from the current S-Class Coupe - which originally comes from the saloon itself.
And that means we can expect to see a version of the 'magic ride control system' - it allows the car to 'lean' into corners (a bit like a motorcyle).