MERCEDES-BENZ

MERCEDES-BENZ S CLASS CABRIOLET SPECIAL EDITION S560 Grand Edition 2dr Auto

Fuel

FuelPetrol

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph4.6s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2254 g/km

Based on the Mercedes S-Class Coupe, the brand's much improved S-Class Cabriolet model goes up against the likes of the Bentley Continental GT Convertible and other super-luxurious four seat drop-tops.

S-CLASS GOES SOFT

Mercedes are no stranger to big four-seat convertibles but at its launch in 2014, this S-Class Cabriolet was in fact the first luxury open-topped four seater the brand had produced since 1971. Now it's been improved. The experts at Car and Driving check out this revised model.

Ten Second Review

Based on the Mercedes S-Class Coupe, the brand's much improved S-Class Cabriolet model goes up against the likes of the Bentley Continental GT Convertible and other super-luxurious four seat drop-tops.

Background

Mercedes-Benz has a long and rich history of producing open-topped luxury vehicles, with a heritage in making them that goes right back to the 1920s. In more recent years though, the brand has been absent from the large Cabriolet segment, though that changed when this S-Class Cabriolet was launched in 2014, having been previously previewed by the brand's 2006 'Ocean Drive' concept. Here, we're looking at an updated version of that car which gets an all-new entry-level V8 petrol engine and a visual upgrade, both inside and out. What hasn't changed is the fact that this model remains most definitely the preserve of the wealthy.

Driving Experience

Those hoping to get the relatively sensible V6 diesel or hybrid powertrain in an S-Class Cabriolet will be disappointed. As befits such a luxurious automobile, the base engine is a 4.0-litre twin turbocharged V8 that pumps out a healthy 469bhp in the S560 (up from 455bhp in the previous S500 model). For those that think this may be a little common or just lacking in muscle, there's the Mercedes-AMG S63 Cabriolet. This derivative also features 4.0-litre V8 power, in this case AMG's 612bhp hand-built unit that can still hit 62mph from standstill in 4.2 seconds. If you must have the ultimate, the 630bhp V12 S65 will be the one to have. Being a German luxury performance car, you'll headbutt the limiter at 155mph although this model would no doubt go considerably faster. Despite the performance, this is no out-and-out sports car so don't expect the last word in feel or feedback or for it to enjoy being hustled along. Sure, it'll get down a twisty road at a fair old lick but it's unlikely you'll feel rewarded by doing it. It's much better to waft along safe in the knowledge that although you could out-drag most cars on the road; you just don't need to prove it.

Design and Build

As you would expect, the S-Class Convertible owes much to the S-Class Coupe on which it's based. Which means that it shares the recent mid-term updates that see the addition of new Multibeam LED headlights and a revised front grille and bumper. The interior instrument layout's been updated too. As for the cabriolet element, well at first glance you might think Mercedes just took a hacksaw to the roof of the Coupe derivative and then added a canvas covering. While the two bodystyles do indeed share a great deal of metalwork (including the slightly controversial rear end), the Convertible has a steeper rake to the screen which has a strengthened frame. There's also added reinforcement in the floor of the car's shell and extending roll bars that deploy should you manage to flip your Cabriolet. The soft top itself is said to be the largest folding canvas roof currently used by a production vehicle. This three-layer hood has a new butyl outer layer to not only ensure no water can permeate into the cabin but to lower noise levels as well. Should you find yourself in the middle of a sudden downpour, it only takes 20 seconds to raise or lower the roof at speeds up to 37mph. For added pose factor, you can even use the key fob to open or close the roof. Step aboard and you'll again notice much is shared with the S-Class Coupe - in other words there are few more luxurious places to be.

Market and Model

There's a premium of around £12,000 to get this Cabriolet S-Class over its Coupe stablematemate. That means the S560 variant will cost you around £116,000. The Mercedes-AMG models start at around £141,000 for the V8 612bhp S63 variant - or you can blow around £198,000 on the V12 630bhp S65 derivative. While leather seats, intelligent climate control and many other features that would be options on normal cars are included, there are still plenty of extra-cost items available to make things even more opulent. One that stands out is the 'Warmth Comfort' package that adds heated centre and door armrests along with a heated steering wheel. There's also the 'AIRCAP' pop out aerofoil located on the windscreen surround that reduces buffeting and 'AIRSCARF' too. This is a neck level heating system that should ensure occupants remain toasty on even the coldest of days. As for safety, there's all the features you'd expect plus 'DISTRONIC PLUS' with 'Steering Assist' and 'Stop&Go Pilot'. In effect this is the first step to autonomous driving and allows the car to drive itself to a certain extent as long as someone is behind the wheel.

Cost of Ownership

With no diesel option and the smallest engine packing 4.0-litres and a couple of turbos, you'd expect some pretty horrific running costs. Mercedes however, have a pleasant surprise for tight tycoons; official figures put carbon emissions for the S560 version at a bearable 204g/km, with economy on the combined cycle 31.4mpg. When you consider the size of the engine and weight of the car, that figure is not bad at all. Naturally, if you opt for the S63, those figures tumble somewhat. Emissions increase to 225g/km with economy down to 28.8mpg - still reasonable for a car also capable of a sub-four second sprint to 62mph. With the S65, emissions fall to 272g/km. As for the warranty, it may be a standard three years but it is at least unlimited mileage. Depreciation will be particularly painful though, after all the more money you spend the, more you have to lose.

Summary

Mercedes may have been absent from the luxury convertible market since 1971 but that doesn't seem to have caused an issue. That Mercedes have continued to produce the C and E-Class convertibles no doubt helped but even so, the S-Class Cabriolet is clearly a cut above either of its lesser siblings. Compared to the Bentley Continental GT Convertible, you could even argue the Mercedes is good value, being both larger and with a lower entry price too. Saying that, it's unlikely price will be a major consideration to those after an S-Class Convertible. Nor is it likely to be something you'd buy to be sensible; something like this is an object of desire that you want rather than need. Is it the ultimate expression of open air luxury? I'm sure Rolls-Royce may disagree but then in S63 guise especially, the Mercedes is much faster. It's a tough life having to spend more than £115,000 on a car.

  • Power windows with one touch control and obstruction sensor
  • Heated glass rear window with timer control
  • Heat insulating, noise insulating and infrared reflecting laminated glass
  • Magic vision control with adaptive windscreen wiper system

  • Curve dynamic assist
  • Electronic stability programme with acceleration skid control
  • Grey brake calipers with Mercedes Benz lettering
  • Electric parking brake
  • Anti lock braking system (ABS) with brake assist
  • Anti-slip regulation
  • Adaptive brake system with hold function, hill start assist and brake drying function

  • AMG floor mats with AMG lettering

  • Airmatic air suspension with adaptive damping system + level adjustment
  • Suspension settings switch

  • Near field communication

  • Collision prevention assist plus
  • Crosswind Assist
  • Attention assist
  • Energizing comfort including cross linking of all comfort system

  • ECO start/stop function
  • Soft closing aid for doors and boot lid
  • Remote boot lid release and closing

  • Dual bonded 12.3" widescreen cockpit consisting of an instrument and media display
  • Touch pad controller for COMAND online
  • Mercedes connect me
  • Smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay and Android auto
  • COMAND online with Media interface system
  • Service indicator (Active Service System)
  • AMG instrument cluster
  • Trip computer
  • Front wireless charging system for mobile devices

  • Automatically dimming interior and drivers exterior mirrors
  • Electrically operated, folding and heated door mirrors

  • Petrol Particulate Filter

  • DAB digital radio tuner
  • Burmester surround sound system - 13 high performance speakers and 9 channel DSP amplifier + total 590 W output power

  • Soft top, power operated
  • Grand edition badging on front wings
  • Downward projection of Mercedes-Benz logo from the doors
  • Diamond radiator grille with chrome pins
  • AIRCAP wind deflector
  • AMG body styling
  • Body coloured bumpers

  • Automatic headlights
  • LED indicators in door mirrors
  • Active light system
  • Adaptive brake lights
  • Adaptive high beam assist
  • Intelligent LED headlight system with active cornering lights
  • Headlight assist
  • OLED tail lights with 66 individual organic LED lights
  • Front fog lights with extended light function

  • Thermotronic luxury automatic two zone climate control
  • Airscarf - neck level heating

  • Trickle charger
  • Fabric roof lining
  • Rear armrest
  • Easy entry/ electrically adjustable steering column
  • Brushed stainless steel illuminated door sills with Mercedes Benz lettering
  • Illuminated/air conditioned lockable glove compartment
  • Parcel nets in boot and front passenger footwell
  • Luggage compartment nets
  • Rear full length centre console with stowage
  • Glasses stowage compartment
  • Front 2 cupholders
  • AMG brushed stainless steel sports pedals with rubber studs
  • Front centre armrest with stowage
  • 3-spoke multifunction sports steering wheel in nappa leather black, with flattened bottom section, perforated grip area, with Touch Control buttons
  • Stowage compartment in centre console

  • Ambient lighting with choice of 64 colour settings
  • Front/rear reading lights

  • Front seat comfort pack - S Class
  • Front seat memory pack - S Class
  • Keyless Go comfort pack - S Class
  • Air-balance pack - S Class
  • Warmth comfort pack with heated wood/leather steering wheel - S Class Grand Edition
  • Parking pack - S class

  • Window airbags
  • Front + rear side airbags
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Driver/Front Passenger airbags
  • 2 three point rear seatbelts
  • Active bonnet pedestrian safety measure
  • i-Size and ISOFIX Child Restraint system

  • Belt feeder
  • Automatic child seat recognition sensor
  • Comfort ventilated front seats
  • Heated rear seats
  • 2 rear head restraints

  • Remote central locking
  • Alarm system/interior protection/immobiliser

  • 9G TRONIC automatic transmission with steering column gear selector, DIRECT SELECT steering wheel gearshift paddles

  • Sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors

  • 20" AMG 10 spoke design alloy wheels

  • Tyre sealant kit

  • CO2 (g/km): 235
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • Noise Level dB(A): 71
  • CO: N
  • NOx: N
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: N
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 254

  • Cylinders: 8
  • Cylinder Layout: V8
  • Number of Valves: 32
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: TWIN TURBO
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: NORTH SOUTH
  • Compression Ratio: 10.5:1
  • Transmission: SEMI-AUTO
  • Gears: 9 SPEED
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 83
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 92
  • CC: 3982

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • EC Urban (mpg): 27.7
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg): 36.2
  • EC Combined (mpg): 27.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Low: 14.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium: 25.2
  • WLTP - MPG - High: 29.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High: 31.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 25.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low: 20
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium: 11.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High: 9.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High: 9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 11.2

  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Special Edition: True
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: 82756
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 50E
  • Service Interval Mileage: 12500
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 12
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: N
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: N
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: N
  • Badge Power: 469
  • Badge Engine CC: 4.0
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Insurance Group 2: T1
  • Coin Series: Grand Edition
  • Coin Description: N
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 999999
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 30

  • Engine Power - KW: 345
  • Engine Power - RPM: 6500
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 516
  • Engine Torque - NM: 700
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 2500
  • Engine Power - BHP: 463
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 4.6
  • Top Speed: 155
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 71.4

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP

  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False
  • Tyre Size Front: 245/40 R20
  • Wheel Style: 10 SPOKE
  • Tyre Size Rear: 275/35 R20
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 20" ALLOY

  • Width (including mirrors): 2108
  • Height: 1417
  • Height (including roof rails): N
  • Length: 5032
  • Width: 1899
  • Wheelbase: 2945

  • Max. Roof Load: N
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): N
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 11.6
  • Minimum Kerbweight: 2155
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2625
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 80
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 350
  • No. of Seats: 4
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: N
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: N
  • Max. Loading Weight: 470

  • Speedtronic cruise control: Included
  • Traffic Sign Assist, Traffic sign recognition including wrong way warning function and display of posted speed limits in the instrument cluster: Included

  • Silk matt grey ash wood trim: £695
  • Designo trim - Black piano lacquer: £1,595
  • Burr walnut trim - brown: £0
  • AMG carbon fibre/black piano lacquer trim: £3,995
  • Black poplar wood trim: Included

  • Designo special metallic paint: £795
  • Metallic paint: Included

  • Soft top - Beige: £0
  • Soft top - Black: £0
  • Soft top - Dark blue: £0
  • Soft top - Dark red: £0

  • Nappa leather upholstery: Included

  • Driving Assistance pack - S Class: £2,595
  • Exclusive Nappa Leather pack - S Class Cabriolet: £4,995

  • Metallic - Selenite Grey: £0
  • Metallic - Obsidian black: £0
  • Metallic - High tech silver: £0
  • Metallic - Magnetite black: £0
  • Metallic - Cavansite blue: £0
  • Metallic - Anthracite Blue: £0
  • Metallic - Graphite grey: £0

  • Designo metallic - Diamond white: £795

  • Front seat backrests map pockets: Included

  • Exclusive pack - designo exclusive nappa leather - Porcelain/titan red: £4,995
  • Exclusive pack - designo exclusive nappa leather - Porcelain/deep sea blue: £4,995
  • Exclusive pack - designo exclusive nappa leather - Bengal red/black: £4,995
  • Nappa leather - Porcelain/espresso brown: £0
  • Exclusive pack - designo exclusive nappa leather - Porcelain/espresso brown: £4,995
  • Exclusive pack - designo exclusive nappa leather - Crystal grey/black: £4,995
  • Nappa leather - Black: £0

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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