Prior to the launch of the 2016 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe Cabriolet at the IAA Frankfurt Motor Show, the very first official image of the car has been released. It follows on from a revealing sketch published by the German marque last week.

In this image we see the new S-Class Coupe Cabriolet posing alongside the previous S-Class drop-top produced from 1961 to 1971. The pictures also provides our best opportunity to see the car’s interior which appears identical to the cabin of the S-Class Coupe. The real point of difference between the S-Class Coupe and the S-Class Coupe Cabriolet is of course its removable soft-top and the refreshed decklid.

This will be the first time the S-Class has ever been available in cabriolet configuration and when the car does launch, it will essentially be in a class of its own. The less technically advanced Bentley Continental GTC, Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe and upcoming Rolls-Royce Dawn will be its closest rivals.

The Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe Cabriolet will complete the S-Class lineup as the 6th model following the S-Class limousine in short and long wheelbase configurations, S-Class Coupe, Mercedes-Maybach S-Class and the recently revealed S-Class Pullman. The S-Class Cabriolet will feature the same engine line-up as its coupe sibling. Consequently, the S63 AMG Cabriolet will be powered by the same twin-turbocharged V8 as the coupe and sedan.

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