Mercedes S-Cabrio Commands 11 Percent Premium Over Coupe
Want to know how much you’re going to need to shell out for Mercedes’ new flagship convertible? MBUSA hasn’t announced pricing for the US market just yet, but based on pricing announced in Europe the cabrio should set you back between $135k and $250k.
In Germany, the new S-Class Cabriolet will start at €139,051.50 in S500 spec, and €187,484.50 for theAMG S63. Those figures includes 19 percent Value-Added Tax, and don’t directly translate to what Americans customers should expect to pay. However the prices represent a premium of approximately 11 percent over the fixed-roof coupe versions of the same – which is roughly the difference Benz charges for an E-Classcabrio over an E-Class coupe.
Apply that difference to the US-market S-Class Coupe pricing already available and you’ll be looking at about $135k for the S550 and $180k for the S63 once they reach dealers in the spring. The the top-of-the-line S65, just announced with its twin-turbo V12 and 738 pound-feet of torque, should retail for over $250k, arriving at dealers later in the summer. That ought to make the 12-cylinder drop-top the most expensive model Mercedes offers, eclipsing the AMG GT, G65, and Maybach S600.
Official pricing will be announced closer to launch, but at those projected prices, the S-Class Cabriolet should compare rather favorably to the competition. The Bentley Continental GTC that will be one of its chief rivals ranges from $212k for the base V8 model (comparable to the S550) to $257k for the top-of-the-line twelve-cylinder Speed version (with which the S65 will invariably be compared). Other four-seat convertibles at this level include the BMW M6 ($120k), Maserati GranTurismo($140k), and Ferrari California T ($200k). Aston Martin charges $215k for the DB9 and $300k for the Vanquish Volante, and while Rolls-Royce has yet to price the new Dawn, it should hover closer to $300k as well.