Driving along the streets of the French Riviera aboard a snappy and sporty spider has always been one of the most widespread imaginations of the automotive world and of luxury life. There is a way and way, however, to be a convertible, each different from the other. Mercedes knows this very well and that’s why 2016 will be for the German house the year of the “Dream Car Offensive”, ideal heir to the “SUV Attack” of last season. A year that starts with two very important names: the new and luxurious S-Class Cabrio and the renewed SLK, from now on better known as SLC.
Since the nobility has obligations, we start first of all from the luxurious Mercedes S Class Cabrio, which for features and equipment can only be counted in the prestigious list of supercars. Needless to hide: if we won the lottery (a big one, though) and we could move into an exclusive seaside resort, the new convertible of the German flagship would be one of our first choices. If the sedan variant retains that certain taste of old-fashioned elegance, the spider prefers to aim directly at a decidedly more dynamic world, without however renouncing any aesthetic appeal of the highest quality. Let’s talk about a car with a decidedly considerable size, which exceeds 5 meters in any configuration you wish. It is the latest heir to a long tradition of convertibles, including the 300 S of ’51, the 220 S of ’56, the 300 SE of ’61 and the 220 SE of the same year. The heritage of these illustrious progenitors is defended to the great by a car with sleek and elegant forms, sufficiently “bad” but not to become too classic. Contrary to the sedan, here we find the modern single lamella front grill and black protection as standard. The very slender headlights accompany the car’s shapes along the side and so ideally also make the ribs placed above the hood. Once the canvas roof has been lowered we are facing a very wide-breathing car, which even with the raised windows gives a sense of freedom that only a convertible can give. The windscreen has a very solid and slender appearance and if the closed-roof silence is first level (Best in Class), even the turbulence with the open cover are reduced to a minimum and perhaps only a slight sideways occasionally could create some disturbance . But we are really looking for the hair in the egg. The rear area is also very slender, which does not convey any sense of heaviness and, above all, even when the hood is closed, it can already be seen to be able to accommodate a fair amount of luggage. Note the presence of the speakers of the Baumuster audio system in this area, whose task is to create a real “sound bubble” around the car.
As for the interior, the materials are naturally of the highest quality. Only for the leather upholstery you can choose from 28 different colors, all associated with fine finishes, visible and contrast stitching and, in the case of the AMG version, even carbon fiber inserts and the AMG logo that makes a good impression in all its elegance on the armrest of the central tunnel. Just inside this armrest are the controls to raise and close the canvas top, available in four different colors and made of materials that are incredibly soft to the touch, but at the same time very well finished and waterproof (all this has allowed get another Best in Class title for the aerodynamic coefficient of 0.29). As soon as you get on board and have settled comfortably on the seats (electric, heated, cooled and with Airscarf to avoid neck pain) the eye immediately falls on the huge display of more than 12 inches on the dashboard, divided into two sections reserved respectively to the panel customizable commands and to the infotainment system. Of course, even from the point of view of safety and driving pleasure, we are at the highest level: the Pre-Safe Plus package is available in all its entirety, from lane control to emergency braking, without forgetting the Distronic Plus naturally. adaptive cruise control owned by the Stuttgart house. To underline also the “performance” of the soft top, which can be opened without problems up to a maximum speed of 60 km / h.
From the point of view of the guide we are dealing with a car worthy of the definition of Supercar in all its variants. Let’s start with the engines: the S 500 is equipped with a 4,653 cc twin-turbo V8 unit, capable of developing a maximum power of 455 hp in a range of between 5,250 and 5,500 rpm. The 700 Nm torque, however, is available from 1,800 rpm up to 3,500. Needless to say that the 250 km / h recorded as maximum speed are the result of only the limiter installed by the house, otherwise a car capable of shooting from 0 to 100 in just 4.6 seconds would know how to touch other peaks. The S-Class Cabrio is very easy to drive: the steering wheel responds very well to the controls, whether you travel in comfort or sport mode. In this regard, of course we mention the presence of the Dynamic Select, the engine and transmission response control system. The S-Class is also equipped with special Airmatic air suspension, which can be customized directly from the cockpit. This translates into a very dynamic driving experience, but at the same time comfortable and relaxing. If it were not for the legitimate system that prevents the driver from taking his hands off the wheel, this car would almost be able to drive itself. Once taken the command and unleashed the 9G-Tronic automatic transmission, however, the car reveals its nature as a supercar, keeping incredibly precise trajectories even at high speeds and not weighing in at least its 5 meters in length. The traction is obviously rear, which closes the rim of this elegant and at the same time super dynamic car. The top, however, can only be achieved by the S 63 4Matic AMG. It is also equipped with the V8 biturbo engine, but the engine capacity rises to 5,461 cc and above all the power touches the 585 hp peak. Even here we are forced to stop at 250 km / h, remaining with the enormous curiosity of what could do between the curbs such a fireball, thanks to its 900 Nm of torque that lead from 0 to 100 in just 3.9 seconds