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Mercedes completes its flagship family with the 2017 S-Class Cabriolet (pictures)

For the first time since 1971, Mercedes-Benz is offering a drop-top in its S-Class family. It's loaded with features, packs a healthy dose of performance and looks at home rolling down streets in high dollar towns in the south of France.

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The 2017 S-Class Cabriolet is the first drop-top in Benz's flagship family of vehicles since 1971.

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The base model of the S-Class Cabriolet will be known as the S 500 in Europe, but as the the S550 in the US.

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Powering the base S-Class Cabriolet is a 4.7-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 engine, which is mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission.

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To help keep weight down, the trunk compartment bulkhead is constructed from magnesium and aluminum. There rear floors are also made from aluminum helping the body of the S-Class Cabriolet equal the S-Class Coupe.

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An Aircap wind protection system is standard consisting of wind deflector at the top of the windshield frame and draft-top behind the rear seats.

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Mercedes says the S550 Cabriolet reaches 60 mph in 4.5 seconds.

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The top speed of the S550 Cabriolet is electronically limited to 155 mph.

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With the top down, there's 8.8 cubic feet of trunk space available.

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A multilayer soft top come is standard on the S-Class Cabriolet.

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The soft top can be opened or closed at speeds up to 37 mph.

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Opening and closing the S-Class Cabriolet's soft top happens in less than 20 seconds.

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The front of the S-Class Cabriolet features a black diamond radiator grille with a single silver louver and chrome inserts.

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The soft top is available in black, dark blue, beige and dark red.

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The rear of the S-Class Cabriolet with standard LED taillights.

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Optional Swarovski crystals can be integrated into the front turn signals and daytime running lights.

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Nineteen-inch wheels come standard on the base S-Class Cabriolets.

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Side mirror housings with integrated turn signal indicators on the S-Class Cabriolet.

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Standard LED taillights are fitted to the S-Class Cabriolet.

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You won't be seeing the S 500 badge here in the US. Base S-Class Cabriolets will be known here as the S550.

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The 4.7-liter twin-turbo V-8 produces 449 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque.

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An optional warmth & comfort package adds heated steering wheel and heated armrests on both the doors and center console.

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The spacious cabin inside of the S-Class Cabriolet.

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Steering wheel controls for the main gauge cluster screen.

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Steering wheel controls for the S-Class Cabriolet's audio system.

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Controls for the radar cruise control system.

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The switch panel to activate the numerous available features on the S-Class Cabriolet including night vision, lane departure warning and parking aids.

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When activated, night vision displays an image of what's ahead on the main gauge cluster screen.

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Standard navigation in the S-Class Cabriolet.

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Various controls located on the S-Class Cabriolet's center console.

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My S 500 Cabriolet test car included a stellar sounding Burmester audio system.

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The S-Class Cabriolet's front bucket seats offer power adjustment and have Benz's Airscarf heating system integrated into them for comfortable top-down motoring.

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The S-Class Cabriolet's standard Airscarf neck-level heating system.

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Metal scuff plates found on the S-Class Cabriolet.

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Rear legroom in the S-Class Cabriolet is adequate.

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