Mercedes Benz has been building the Grand Boulevard open-air cruiser for almost a century. In the modern era, they are often a retractable hard top, C-Class and E-Class soft top convertible, limited run SLS and perhaps their most well-known and best-selling convertible, including small SLKs.
Then someone from Stuttgart got the brilliant idea of turning it into a cabriolet with a big S-Class sedan. There was already a 2-door coupe (SEC, CL, etc.). The convertible version of the S-Class was codenamed A217, and it was unveiled at the 2015 International Motor Show in Germany. In the 1960s, lots of 4-seat benches were made for sun worshipers, but we haven’t seen a 2-door, 4-seat convertible variant since 1971.
It is a large animal, 115.9 inches long which makes it a luxurious grand cruiser. The 4.7-liter twin-turbocharged V8 produces 449 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque and sends that power to the rear wheels via a 9-speed automatic transmission. 0-60 takes about 4.5 seconds. As the photos below show, it expresses strength and wealth and (for those who care about such things) dignity. I’d love to see it with a lighter interior, but as you can see below, even in darker colors, it’s a giant monster in an ICE car – and the end of an era.
The lovely selenite gray metallic with a dark red soft top and a black interior at the bottom had an MSRP of $ 161,175 and sold for $ 77,500 on cars and bids only. Today, these start anew at $ 173,900.
Source: Car and Bid