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Along with its saloon and coupe stablemates, the four-seat Mercedes S-Class Cabriolet represents the pinnacle of luxury and technology within the brand’s range. Indeed, you can guarantee that any new generation of S-Class will debut a selection of gadgets and gizmos designed to make life that little bit easier or safer.
To motivate over two tonnes of leather-lined drop top, you’ve a choice of two engines. Unlike the saloon, there’s no six-cylinder option for those looking to save a few quid. Instead, you can have a 4.0-litre turbocharged V8 in the S 560 or an even more powerful version of that engine, thoroughly reworked by AMG, in the S 63.
The range of trim levels is just as simple, with the 560 available only as a plush Grand Edition. Things are only marginally more complicated for the 63; this offers a ‘base’ model and a more luxurious Premium variant. The options list is mercifully short, although there are plenty of colour combinations for the bodywork, seats and even roof.
Despite six-figure droptops being a fairly small niche, the S-Class Cabriolet certainly has plenty of competition, from the BMW 8 Series Convertible to rather sportier propositions such as the Porsche 911 Cabriolet and Aston Martin DB11 Volante.
If you want to know more, click through our detailed review for our verdict on how it drives, what it’s like inside and just how large a hole it’ll put in your bank account. And if you’re ready to buy, have a look at our New Car Buying pages for some particularly jaw-dropping savings on this and dozens of other cars as well.