Eight cylinders – no other engine gets under the skin in quite the same way. As the latest model to follow in this tradition, the S 500 rolls out an unmistakable, irresistible carpet of sound. A specially developed sound control system ensures that this effect comes into play as soon as the car starts or is accelerated sharply, while during normal driving the engine remains completely restrained. In acoustic terms, it thus melds the emotional appeal of a sports car with the comfort of an S-Class to unique effect.
In combination with variable damper control, the air suspension system ensures ride comfort and dynamic handling at a very high level. The damping at each wheel is adapted to the current driving situation and road surface condition. This is done rapidly and precisely using two separate valves for the compression and rebound of the dampers. The occupants enjoy a soft basic suspension setup and the secure feeling of high handling stability as speed increases. Hardening of the spring rate, for example on bends and when braking, effectively reduces rolling and pitching movements. With the "Comfort" and "Sport" settings, AIRMATIC can be configured for more comfort or sportiness. Thanks to the pneumatic all-round self-levelling suspension, the vehicle maintains a constant level irrespective of the load. The suspension level can be raised by 30 mm to increase ground clearance. At high speeds the suspension is automatically lowered by up to 20 mm, helping to reduce aerodynamic drag and improve handling stability.
Like the S-Class Sedan and Coupe, the new Cabriolet is available with numerous new assistance systems that make driving even more comfortable and safer. Intelligent Drive systems include PRE-SAFE® Brake with pedestrian detection, DISTRONIC PLUS with Steering Assist, Brake Assist BAS PLUS with Cross-Traffic Assist, Active Lane Keeping Assist, Adaptive Highbeam Assist Plus and Night View Assist Plus.