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Sun times in the 2017 Mercedes-Benz S550 Cabriolet

Even with a cloth top for fresh-air driving, the S550 Cabriolet upholds the comfort and luxury of its hard-top siblings.

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Mercedes-Benz adds a convertible to its flagship S-Class line-up, which previously included a sedan and coupe. The 2017 Mercedes-Benz S550 Cabriolet gives the S-Class a cloth-top.

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The S-Class, Mercedes-Benz's top model, delivers an incredibly comfortable ride and sublime cabin luxury.

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Open-top driving in the S-Class is very enjoyable, especially as Mercedes-Benz mitigates wind and cold with a rear windscreen and various heating devices.

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The S550 Cabriolet only comes in rear-wheel-drive, losing the 4Matic all-wheel-drive option of its hard-top counterparts.

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An air suspension does an excellent job of riding over bumps and other rough asphalt.

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All of the luxury accouterments of the S550 sedan can be found in the Cabriolet version.

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The well-padded canvas top stows away into the trunk at the push of a button.

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As one of Mercedes-Benz' more sporty models, the S550 Cabriolet uses a hood badge instead of an ornament, and its grille badge sits on a single-bar cross-member.

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The twin-turbocharged 4.7-liter V8, standard across the S550 models, produces 449 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque.

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The S550 Cabriolet retains the S-Class' sleek styling.

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Compromised trunk space, due to the convertible top, limits luggage. Click through for plenty more sunny shots of the S550 Cabriolet.

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