FRANKFURT -- Mercedes-Benz unveiled an all-new convertible, or cabriolet, version of its S-class luxury model at the Franfurt auto show.

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The new S-class Cabriolet takes more after its coupe sibling than the sedan, evoking a more sporty style.

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This AMG variant of the S-class Cabriolet makes use of a hand-built twin-turbocharged 5.5-liter V-8 engine.

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In its AMG kit, the S-class Cabriolet benefits from optional ceramic brake discs.

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LED headlights make for a bright, well-defined pattern.

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Mercedes-Benz used lightweight materials to stiffen the body, keeping the weight down to that of the coupe version.

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An air suspension both improves handling and makes the ride more comfortable.

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Mercedes-Benz uses a soft top for the roof, greatly reducing trunk space when it is stowed.

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A sport exhaust system opens up baffles to increase the volume at the push of a button.

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Cabin comfort is aided by Mercedes-Benz's AirScarf system, which blows warm air around the necks of front-seat passengers.

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Mercedes-Benz uses Burmester as its high-end audio supplier and fits speakers onto the rear deck.

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As with the S-class sedan and coupe, the instrument panel is one big LCD showing virtual gauges.

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The AMG version gets a seven-speed automatic transmission with a lock-up clutch to make for quick gear changes.

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