If there’s one thing better than looking at the sky through the Maybach’s Magic Sky Control feature, it’s to look at it with nothing separating the top of your scalp from the ends of the universe. This brings us to the queen bee of Mercedes-Benz’s wide range of convertibles, the S560 Cabriolet.
With two doors and the allure of top-down driving, the S560’s performance credentials are more relevant here than in the passenger-oriented Maybach. We did not get behind the wheel of this regal soft-top cruiser due to time constraints on our road trip from Kuala Lumpur to Kuantan and back. But 469bhp and 700Nm of twist coming from a near AMG-spec engine, eight cylinders and two turbos included, seems more than enough for a car clearly more cultured than, say, an E63 in its styling and dynamic setup.
This is still an S-Class in essence. So it’s not surprising to see features like Airmatic and Energizing Comfort Control carried over from Stuttgart’s other limousines to uphold S-Class levels of refinement in the Cabriolet’s ride.
In aesthetics, Mercedes-Benz gives special mention to the Cabriolet’s lighting, which is possibly its most individual characteristics at a glance, especially when parked alongside its equally grand peers. At the fr ont, Swarovski crystals are embedded into the headlamps for that extra shimmer while each tail light now houses 66 ‘f loating’ OLEDs (organic light emitting diodes) to give the S560
Cabriolet a unique light signature once the sun sets.
At the end of the day, our tropical weather and the Cabriolet’s Maybach-matching price tag point towards this model selling the least, as far as the Dream Cars range is concerned. Which brings us to the opposite end of the spectrum…
S Cabriolet doesn’t lookvery big until you get within touching distance
Burmester speakers rest above the retractable soft topA sportier variation of the W222’s dashboard,which is lovely