S-Class Cabrio shows its canvas roof. New spy pics

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Mercedes-Benz goes back to its roots with the first S-Class Cabrio of the modern era. The company’s biggest drop-top to date has been spied again by Dutch magazine Autoweek, this time showing its canvas roof in all its glory.

Expected to steal the thunder from posh rivals like Bentley’s Continental GTC and Aston Martin’s DB9, Mercedes’ all-new S-Class Cabrio will premiere no later than 2016 with order books set to open this Autumn.

For the first time since the big convertibles of the pre-WW2 era, the German brand returns to the top echelon of the luxury class with an open-top flagship model.

Mercedes has taken the canvas roof route in its quest for a lighter construction and gracefully penned exterior lines. The design is clearly full of panache with flowing proportions meant to position the S-Class Cabrio as one of the most seductive cabrios on sale.

The new spy pictures clearly reveal strong similarities to the Coupe, the Cabrio’s platform donor. The proportions are slightly altered, of course, for a better integration of the higher rear-end, a concession made for packaging reasons related to the soft-top mechanism.

The new Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabrio is set to be available in V8-guise only. Two options will be on offer, the already-known 4,7-litre bi-turbo credited with 455 HP and 700 Nm (449 HP and 516 lb-ft for the American market) and the top-of-the range 5,5-litre AMG variant with 577 HP. The mighty V12 is out of the cards for now.

By now you’re probably wondering how much the new S-Class Cabrio could cost? Well, according to credible inside info, the base price should easily cross the 150.000 euros mark.


Photo: Autoweek.nl