Put the Top Down

A South­west Florida fa­vorite: the Mercedes-Benz con­vert­ible

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When it come to con­vert­ibles, it would be hard to beat the Mercedes-Benz mod­els. Be­sides their hot sexy styling, these 2019 cars are se­ri­ously in a class of their own. You’ll want to slide into the seat of the S-Class Cabri­o­let for some open-air mo­tor­ing down the coast with the sea air and wind swirling around you. An aero­dy­namic de­sign and biturbo V8 power en­hance the ride and per­for­mance of the S 560 Cabri­o­let. Twin tur­bos nested in the “hot V” of the en­gine are de­signed to vir­tu­ally elim­i­nate lag, and boost the S 560’s di­rect-in­jected 4.0L biturbo V8 to 463 horse­power. Paired with a 9-speed trans­mis­sion, it can whisk you to 60 mph in just 4.6 sec­onds and its torque is mea­sured at 516 lb-ft. Fac­tor in its 9G-tronic trans­mis­sion, which is swift and smooth, and you’ll en­joy quick take­offs, hushed cruis­ing and seam­less ac­cel­er­a­tion moves. Driv­ers who want to be in con­trol will like the steer­ing wheel de­signed with shift pad­dles right at your fin­ger­tips. The car’s Air­matic sus­pen­sion boasts com­puter-con­trolled air springs, which means the ve­hi­cle can self-level to the weight of a load and adapt to var­i­ous road con­di­tions. The con­vert­ible’s three-layer top has a coupe-like de­sign, which can eas­ily dis­ap­pear in less than 20 sec­onds. Its dual 12.3 widescreen with smart­phone-like touch con­trol but­tons lets you op­er­ate it with­out tak­ing your hand off the wheel— or you can just use your voice.

ROAD­STER BLISS

Now if a sports car is more your style, then con­sider the SLC Road­ster. It has a 2.0L in­line-4 turbo en­gine and can ac­cel­er­ate from 0-60 mph in 5.8 sec­onds. With 241 horse­power and 273 lb-ft torque, it’s a very cool speed­ster that de­mands at­ten­tion on the road­ways.

You’ll want to slide into the seat of the S-Class Cabri­o­let for some open-air mo­tor­ing down the coast with the sea air and wind swirling around you.

Clas­sic pro­por­tions and mod­ern el­e­ments de­fine its look, start­ing with the hand­some di­a­mond-block grill flanked by sleek head­light styling. Sculpted lower body­work plays well with its 17-inch, 10-spoke wheels. Ex­te­rior col­ors range from black and po­lar white to me­tal­lic sil­ver and grays as well as a bril­liant blue and car­di­nal red for those who pre­fer bolder hues. Gas mileage is im­pres­sive: 23 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the high­way. The Road­ster’s re­tractable hard­top con­ve­niently folds into the trunk with the press of a but­ton lo­cated on the con­sole. The rear win­dow piv­ots as the top low­ers to help pre­serve cargo space and like magic the ve­hi­cle is trans­formed from a closed coupe to a con­vert­ible sports car. Any­one who wants to drive with the top down day and night should con­sider the op­tional Airscarf neck-level heat­ing sys­tem. Seats have vents be­neath the head re­straint that de­liver air­flow to the neck, head and shoul­ders (think of it like a scarf). The in­di­vid­ual three-stage tem­per­a­ture con­trols and air­flow ad­just au­to­mat­i­cally to your driv­ing speed. So no wor­ries when the sun sets and the tem­per­a­ture drops be­cause you can com­fort­ably drive with the top down. For more in­for­ma­tion visit Mercedes-Benz of Bonita Springs, 14610 Tami­ami Trail North, Naples; 833-6715938; mb­boni­tasprings.com; or Mercedes-Benz of Fort My­ers, 15461 S. Tami­ami Trail, Fort My­ers; 855-835-1871; mer­cedes­of­fort­my­ers.com.

Pa­tri­cia Le­takis is the manag­ing ed­i­tor for TOTI Me­dia.

Florid­i­ans love their con­vert­ibles, and the 2019 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabri­o­let with its top down is sure to make an im­pres­sive ap­pear­ance on Florida’s road­ways this year. The 2019 SLC Road­ster from Mercedes-Benz in car­di­nal red is a show­stop­per on the high­way.

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