If the sexy new S-Class coupe and sedan only whet your appetite for high-powered Mercedes-Benz luxo-sleds, brace yourself for round three. The latest from our spy photographer reveals there will be yet another variant of the redesigned S-Class—the Mercedes-Benz S-Class convertible.
This Mercedes-Benz S-Class convertible prototype looks to share its body with that of the new S-Class coupe, save for its roof. Like the last Mercedes-Benz S-Class convertible, which ended production in 1971, this latest full-size, two-door convertible will wear a fabric soft top in place of a folding hard top.
Underneath the faint hood bulge in this Mercedes-Benz S-Class convertible prototype is one of two powertrains, which we already know from the S-Class coupe and sedan. Buyers will have the choice of either a 449-hp, 4.7-liter twin-turbo V-8 making 516 lb-ft of torque from the S550 or a mammoth 6.0-liter, 523-hp twin-turbo V12 from the S600 producing 612 lb-ft of torque. If an AMG variant of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class convertible were to crop up down the road, it could employ either the S63 AMG’s 5.5-liter, 577-hp twin-turbo V-8 good for 664 lb-ft of torque, or the S65 AMG’s 6.0-liter twin-turbo V-12 that summons 621 hp and 738 lb-ft of torque.
We’d heard about a full-size drop-top Benz coming as early as 2012, but at the time the old CL-Class moniker was still in the conversation. European Bureau Chief Georg Kacher mentioned the new Mercedes-Benz S-Class convertible as one of ten new models launching by 2020. An extra-long-wheelbase S-Class and an S600 Pullman sedan are still coming further down the pipeline.
Check back for more updates on the Mercedes-Benz S-Class convertible, including a premiere date, in the coming months.