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It's not a trend -- it's a signature, just like the old MB 4-door convertibles.
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The four-door convertible is/was a signature vehicle for Mercedes, just like the Viper is for Dodge, and the Corvette is for Chevrolet. It's a vehicle intended to project image and raise public perception of the brand in general. I would also call the SLR a signature vehicle.

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Do you actually believe in this?!?

It's photoshop!!..!!

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It is an "artist's rendering". The vehicle will be at the Detroit auto show.

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phworr!! thats gorgeous.

really hope they bing that out. thinking of 4 door converts' is there any other car manufacturer that makes them?

cant think of any off the top of my head??!
asianml is correct about the 300, and I've seen at least one of them. IMO, it looks good as a "ragtop".

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phworr!! thats gorgeous.

really hope they bing that out. thinking of 4 door converts' is there any other car manufacturer that makes them?

cant think of any off the top of my head??!
Lincoln made one in the sixties. I believe that was the last factory 4 door convertible anyone made.

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It seems a bit strange to have a convertible S class. On the other hand, I do want a convertible but I need something that the entire family will fit into. This seems to solve the problem. I look forward to seeing it in person........Convertible S class-it even sounds weird.

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I just don't like it. If we haven't had 4-dour convertibles since the 60's then there must be a good reason why it's been 40+ years without one.
The problem with 4 door convertibles is the engineering problem. How to stop the car flexing all over the place when you have cut the roof off and opened up the sides with 4 big holes for doors. What in UK we call 'scuttle shake' was always a real problem. Today with stronger steels and more advanced computer aided design, rumour has it that Merc has solved these technical problems. Remember too that cars are much, much stronger now to meet safety requirements; for example, the current Golf is approx 50% heavier than early Golfs and needs much of this to meet current Euro and US crash tests.

As for not being suitable for many days of the year, it depends where you live and the climate. But as anyone who has driven Mercs latest sports cars will know, with the modern wind deflectors, and the Mercedes Airscarf system (which pumps warm air round the head and neck), and with heated seats, it is possible to enjoy the pleasures of open-air motoring over a far wider range of conditions than was ever possible in the past. And just look at how quick and easy it is nowadays to raise and lower the roof. Amazing. Check out this wonderful video for some of the older signature cars.
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BTW recent polls in Britain are interesting for this thread. When girls are asked what type of car would you most like boys to collect you in, the convertible wins hands down. The white charger is a ragtop.

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It is an "artist's rendering". The vehicle will be at the Detroit auto show.
Mercedes-Benz Design Study: Concept Ocean Drive - The Most Comfortable and Elegant Modern-Day Convertible

At the North American Auto Show Detroit, Mercedes-Benz is adding to its reputation as a pioneer and design trendsetter among premium carmakers with the presentation of its Concept Ocean Drive four-door convertible. This study is a one-off creation by Mercedes-Benz which revives the tradition of large luxury convertibles. Not having to work to a design brief or production specifications left the designers free to get on with the job of developing the world's most comfortable and elegant convertible.

The Concept Ocean Drive is an awe-inspiring jewel on wheels. As a four-door convertible, it belongs in a luxury genre that has almost disappeared from our roads. Like the luxury convertibles of years gone by, this showpiece from Stuttgart features the maximum in elegance, lifestyle sophistication and exclusiveness. To put it another way, it represents automobile culture at its most attractive and desirable.

The one-off special has an all-new body with an almost classic flavour and with clearly defined lines and vibrant two-tone paintwork which are exceptionally charismatic. Although on one level the Concept Ocean Drive displays the restraint of an elite and aristocratic automobile, it is also an open invitation to go on a "top-less" cruise along the world's finest ocean promenades. Luxurious, exotic materials have been crafted with consummate skill to create a showpiece of unparalleled perfection.

Mercedes-Benz design studies – a stylistic journey into the future

The Concept Ocean Drive isn't just designed to inspire dreams and fantasies; it also serves a very practical purpose. Design studies are always a good opportunity for designers to play around with less familiar themes, to see things from new angles and to explore new ideas. Not just a pure design exercise, they are also a way of stimulating a closer dialogue with customers and of trying out new ideas on the general public. This helps the designers get a feel for future styling trends and to develop and implement new design idioms.

The unique luxury convertible design study from Stuttgart turns a "dream car" vision into reality. At the same time it is also an affirmation of the design excellence and values of the Mercedes-Benz brand, including the brand's traditional basic principles like excellent build and quality, comfort, effortless superiority, value retention and safety. These values have now been joined by three further key messages: passion, fascination and innovation. The Mercedes-Benz design philosophy both perpetuate proven styling themes associated with the brand and at the same time combines them with new and surprising ideas and forms.

Styling conveys effortless superiority and elegance

Apart from the four doors, the outward distinguishing marks of the concept car include a very large and upright radiator grille, LED headlamps and taillights, two-tone paintwork and a striking interplay between taut lines and large, restful surfaces. This lends the one-off special an air of effortless superiority, power, elegance and forward-flowing energy.

The long side-window opening which, typical of a convertible, is not interrupted by a B-pillar or window frames, ensures seamless continuity between the exterior and the interior, even when the top is up. Extensive use of high-value materials –such as finest-quality leather, 3D-effect materials and large bird's eye maple trim panels (in the interior and even on the soft-top compartment cover) – and many other thoughtfully designed interior details, highlight the luxurious, unique character of this design study.

Top-level engineering

The design study is based on the twelve-cylinder Mercedes-Benz S 600, on ac-count of this model's long wheelbase. The technical highlights include:
  • the innovative soft-top mechanism resulting in smooth operation and fast closing times;
  • the innovative AIRSCARF neck-level heating system, which is featured on all four
seats, allowing occupants to enjoy top-down motoring even in the colder months of the year.
Needless to say, the on-board equipment also includes top-level Mercedes-Benz innovations, some of which are unique worldwide – including Brake Assist PLUS, the innovative PRE-SAFE® brake system (in combination with radar-based DIS-TRONIC PLUS) and the PRE-SAFE® anticipatory occupant protection system.

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