Put the Top Down
A Southwest Florida favorite: the Mercedes-Benz convertible
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.
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.