Oriented towards dynamic handling, this suspension system adjusts to surface undulations before the vehicle drives over them. To achieve this, MAGIC BODY CONTROL combines the active springs of the suspension with continuously adjustable dampers and the ROAD SURFACE SCAN function. With the aid of a stereo camera, the surface of the carriageway ahead is scanned precisely to allow the damping to be adjusted in advance and the load on the wheel to be increased or reduced by means of the active hydraulic system. The curve inclination function enables the body of the vehicle to lean inwards by up to 2.65 degrees on bends.
Featuring nine forward speeds, this automatic transmission takes efficiency, comfort and dynamics to a completely new level. It is the world's first 9-speed automatic transmission with hydrodynamic torque converter in the premium segment. The wider ratio spread allows a reduction in engine speed. Performance remains excellent, while ride comfort is enhanced and noise levels are reduced. Faster shift changes allow even more spontaneity and agility. At the same time, 9G-TRONIC impresses with its smooth gear changes. As 9G-TRONIC is able to skip individual gears, multiple downshifts are possible for fast and powerful sprints.
The new S-Class Cabriolet delivers an astonishing new level of efficiency and feature impressive high-performance components from the world of motorsport. The new V8 biturbo engine in the S-Class Cabriolet has a fascination of its own, thanks to the Mercedes-AMG high-performance components used. The “hot inside V”, as it is called, gives the car the same sort of turbocharging technology as is used in Formula 1. Both turbos are mounted inside the V of the cylinders. This allows compact dimensions, optimum response times and low exhaust gas emissions.
At a touch of DYNAMIC SELECT in the centre console, drivers can choose between comfortable, sporty and efficient driving styles, or their own individually defined style. To achieve this, parameters such as the engine, transmission, suspension and steering characteristics are adjusted according to the selected drive mode. The default setting is the well-balanced and fuel-efficient "Comfort" mode. Greater agility and dynamism is offered by the "Sport" mode with more progressive steering characteristics, harder suspension tuning, spontaneous throttle response and modified shift points.