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17 Sep 2015

The new Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe is one of the most stylish and glamorous cars on sale today, but there’s always a sure fire way to make a coupe more glamorous – remove the roof and turn it into a convertible. So that’s what Mercedes-Benz has done, creating the new S-Class Cabriolet, the first roofless version of the S-Class since 1971.

We love the S-Class Coupe here at BOTB, especially in S63 AMG form. It blends the sleek, sophisticated looks with AMG’s fire breathing V8 engine and creates a car that is more than a match for the Bentley Continental and Aston Martin DB9. So it’s pleasing to see that this S63 Cabriolet hasn’t changed too much.

There’s the same rounded nose with huge intakes and the standard massive Mercedes grille, and the same sleek, wide tail lights set within a tapering rear. But instead of the low, almost chopped roof look of the coupe there’s now a fabric roof that folds away at the touch of a button in 20 seconds to reveal a flat rear deck. Mercedes-Benz could have gone for a holding hardtop, but as is always the way with these high-end luxury convertibles the market seems to prefer a fabric roof. Also, the extra length that the roof must have to accommodate the four seat layout and long body means that a hard top would’ve been very heavy. The roof can operate at up to 37mph.

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Powering the S63 Cabriolet is the now de rigeur 5.5 litre twin turbo V8 producing 577bhp and 663lb/ft of torque, which means that despite weighing 2.1 tonnes it can sprint to 62mph in just 3.9 seconds and will top out at 186mph. What’s even more impressive is that it returns an average of 27.2mpg – the kind of figure a mid-sized 3.0 saloon was getting 15 years ago.

The S63 Cabriolet has the same options list as the coupe, including LED headlights with Swarovski crystals, head up display and adaptive suspension, but adds in the Cabriolet-only items like the Aircap and Airscarf systems that reduce turbulence and keep the occupants’ necks warm.

UK sales start in early 2016 and the S63 Cabriolet is expected to cost around £8000 more than the coupe at under £135,000. Though if the 577bhp S63 isn’t enough for you, you can expect the 621bhp S65 Coupe to spawn a cabriolet version as well later on.

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