Mercedes-Benz has announced that its new S-Class Cabriolet will cost just under £116,000, with the first cars arriving in the UK in the spring.
Offered with a choice of three engines, including a 6.0-litre V12, the canvas-roofed four-seater is set to compete with the Bentley Continental GT Convertible.
As befits the lofty £115,910 price tag, all three versions of the S-Class will get long equipment lists that include air suspension, a Burmeister hi-fi and an ultra-widescreen digital instrument display, in addition to the usual luxury car accoutrements such as leather seats, large-diameter alloy wheels and satellite navigation.
The ‘base’ model in the range is the S 560, which uses the same 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged engine as the AMG C 63, but is de-tuned to ‘just’ 463bhp – enough for a 4.6-second 0-62mph time.
But if, for whatever reason, that isn’t enough, you can choose from one of two AMG-tuned versions. The cheapest – the £140,610 S 63 – has an uprated version of the S 560’s V8 that produces 604bhp. It’s set apart by a new grille, too, and it offers a range of sporty extras such as the AMG exhaust system and firmer suspension.
If you’re prepared to spend almost £200,000, though, you can have the range-topping S 65 model. The 6.0-litre V12 under the bonnet pumps out 621bhp, allowing a 0-62mph time of 4.1 seconds, while the equipment list is further stretched with the addition of a 360-degree parking camera and Nappa leather upholstery.