The 402-hp 4.7-liter V-8 combines twin turbos and numerous advances to deliver more torque from less fuel, with cleaner emissions. Rapid-multispark ignition can fire up to four times per millisecond, while high-pressure Direct Injection can fine-tune fuel spray in 0.1 millisecond, reducing emissions, fuel consumption and noise. A lightweight diecast-alloy block, widely variable valve timing, reduced friction, and clever "on-demand" ancillary components further boost efficiency.
A fuel-saving ECO Start/Stop system automatically shuts off the engine at stoplights and other idle situations. As soon as the driver lifts off the brake, the engine instantly restarts, for immediate acceleration response. The ECO Start/Stop system can also be shut off by the driver at any time.
Smooth, responsive and efficient, the 7-speed automatic offers the ideal response in virtually every driving situation, from relaxed cruising to quick acceleration. Two overdrive ratios enhance highway fuel-efficiency. An electronic selector and shift paddles on the steering wheel let you control all gear changes with your hands on the wheel. Adaptive logic paces automatic shifting to match your driving style. And the shift paddles let you enjoy manual control anytime.
One of the most enjoyable functional enhancements of the Sport Package, a pushbutton Manual shift mode lets the driver upshift and downshift the 7-speed automatic transmission via steering-wheel mounted shift paddles. The mode remains engaged until the driver re-activates automatic shifting, via the ECO or Sport modes available from the same pushbutton.
Engineered to meet the requirements of even more demanding drivers, the Dynamic Handling suspension alters the damping rates at the touch of button. The electronically controlled shock absorbers independently adjust for each wheel based on the current driving situation. A choice of Comfort and Sport settings lets you match the car's handling and ride characteristics to your mood.
Perforated and internally ventilated front brake discs help to better dissipate the hot gases generated during hard or repeated braking, helping resist brake fade in order to maintain maximum braking performance. The perforations are cast in place when the rotor is made, to prevent the creation of stress points that can occur during conventional cross-drilling. Silver-painted calipers add a racy touch. Disclaimer
Advanced electromechanical power steering delivers quicker response in corners, easier maneuvering at low speeds, along with precise on-center feel and straight-line stability.
In addition to fuel pumps regulated for more efficient operation, engines in every E-Class model call on their alternators and electric power steering pumps only as needed, which means they sip less gasoline whenever they're not fueling your exuberance.
With its three layers totaling nearly an inch of thickness, the E-Class Cabriolet soft top is meticulously crafted for long-lasting beauty and a remarkably quiet cabin. At the touch of a button, it disappears from sight but leaves more usable trunk and cabin space than competitors' folding hardtops. Four stylish colors are available.
AMG®-design lower bodywork includes an aggressive front air dam with large mesh air intakes, sculpted side skirts and a dramatically contoured rear valance to enhance the vehicle's already aggressive profile.
Its four individually tailored seats are a Mercedes-Benz coupe tradition. So is the driver focus of its advanced instruments and controls. Fine craftsmanship is apparent from its most modern materials, like sleek metallic trim, to its hand-polished wood. Hand-fitted and precisely double-stitched leather upholstery is offered in a wide palette of colors, too. And a central analog timepiece celebrates the iconic Mercedes-Benz coupes of the past.
With longer life, quicker illumination and beams that approximate daylight even more closely than xenon headlamps, the standard LED headlamps enhance both vision and visibility during nighttime driving. Bright white LED Daytime Running Lamps and all other front light functions are integrated within the flowing sculpture of the headlamp assemblies, making the design as appealing as it is illuminating.
Eye-catching taillamps employ LED technology for every function, and with distinctive form. Brighter than traditional incandescent bulbs, LED technology also delivers quicker illumination of the brake lamps. By offering drivers behind you more time to react, this could make a critical difference in a panic stop.
Standard 18-inch AMG® alloy wheels feature five pairs of thin spokes that call attention to their light weight and rigidity, as well as the impressive brake hardware. Staggered in width, the rear wheels and tires are wider than the fronts, for greater acceleration grip without sacrificing crisp steering feedback. Disclaimer
Each of the four E-Class Cabriolet seats features an integrated head restraint, a design inspired by the seats in a racecar. Hand-fitted with fine leather, each seat provides individual support to its occupant along with dashing style. Both front and rear seats are divided by center consoles with covered storage, cupholders and a padded armrest.
For fingertip access to some of the vehicle functions you use most often, convenient buttons on the steering wheel let you control the audio volume and selection, send and end calls on your Bluetooth-enabled phone, and scroll through the features of the multifunction display in the instrument cluster. For maximum driving pleasure, the steering wheel features a grippy Nappa leather-wrapped rim with perforated side grips and raised thumbrests near the standard shift paddles.
The sport steering wheel features pronounced contours, a flat-bottom design and a Nappa leather-wrapped rim with perforated side grips, putting the delights of precise handling literally in the driver's hands. Convenient multifunction controls do likewise while operating the most frequently needed vehicle functions. Raised thumbrests are placed at the ideal "10 and 2 o'clock" positions, while the racing-inspired flat-bottom design facilitates ingress and egress.
Hand-polished Burl Walnut wood, prized for its rich color and distinctive grain patterns, graces the console, dash and doors, lending the cockpit a further air of refinement. Disclaimer
With its rich, deep tones, hand-polished Black Ash wood adorns the console, dash and doors to create a dramatically modern, seriously sporty cockpit ambience. Disclaimer
With a dramatic linear grain and warm brown hue, new Linden wood's hand-polished glow reflects the deep devotion to craftsmanship in the cabin of the E-Class Cabriolet. Disclaimer
Brushed aluminum pedals with rubber studs offer confident footwork with high-performance style.
Brilliant chrome trapezoidal exhaust tips add an eye-catching exclamation point to the powerful rear end of the E550 Cabriolet. They're set off by a black insert in the lower rear valance and visually bridged by a sporty chrome cross-strut.
Radar-based technology alerts you if you're approaching a vehicle ahead, or even some stationary objects, at a speed and distance that suggest a collision is likely. As soon as the driver starts to brake, its Adaptive Brake Assist automatically provides the ideal level of braking, to help prevent a collision or reduce its severity. The system can also provide autonomous braking from speeds up to 65 mph, and can activate the features of PRE-SAFE®. Disclaimer
The first system of its kind, ATTENTION ASSIST® continuously monitors up to 70 parameters of driving behavior, and can automatically alert the driver with both visual and audible warnings if it detects signs of drowsiness on long trips. With enhanced sensitivity, the system can also help detect drivers who begin their trip drowsy, and offer more useful information to drivers along their journey via the dashboard display. Disclaimer
Integrated within each rear head restraint, pop-up roll bars deploy within a third of a second of detecting an impending rollover, to help preserve occupant space. The roll bars can also be raised electrically by the occupants. Disclaimer
From your car, your computer or your compatible smartphone, mbrace® offers the industry's most comprehensive range of features for more connected, safe and productive drive time. From making your everyday life easier to helping in an emergency, mbrace combines advanced Cloud-based and GPS technology with 24-hour support from helpful experts. The mbrace hardware is standard, and a trial period for each of the three mbrace Packages is included. Disclaimer
A Mercedes-Benz first, PRE-SAFE® can detect instability during certain vehicle maneuvers that suggest a collision or rollover is imminent. It can then tighten the front seat belts, adjust the front passenger seat, and close the windows and sunroof, all in an effort to better prepare the occupants and restraints in the moments before a collision. If no accident occurs, the seat-belt tensioners reverse, and you simply readjust your seat, open the sunroof and continue on your way. Disclaimer
An advanced system of 9 air bags offers enhanced occupant protection. Pelvic air bags complement the front-seat side-impact air bags. A driver's knee air bag augments dual-stage front air bags. And side curtain air bags are provided for the front seats, something you won't find in many other Cabriolets. Disclaimer
In the case of a rear impact exceeding a preset threshold, NECK-PRO front head restraints move forward and slightly upward, reducing the distance between the head restraints and the heads of front-seat occupants. This action helps to reduce the possibility or severity of whiplash-type neck injuries.
Arguably our most important passive safety feature, all four 3-point seat belts are equipped with Emergency Tensioning Devices (ETDs) to instantly remove slack If a collision exceeds a preset threshold. Belt force limiters allow a slight amount of give in the seat belts, to reduce the peak seat-belt forces on the occupant. Front seat-belt presenters automatically extend when the door is closed, to make it easier for the occupants to fasten their belts.
Adaptive braking technology integrates a suite of advances. If you lift off the accelerator quickly, Predictive Brake Priming sets the pads closer to the discs for more immediate response when you apply the brakes. In the rain, Automatic Brake Drying periodically applies the brakes just enough to sweep water build-up from the discs. During uphill starts, Hill-Start Assist helps prevent unwanted rollback. And a HOLD feature can make long red lights or stopped traffic a little easier. Disclaimer
The Antilock Braking System (ABS) senses impending wheel lockup under heavy braking, and pumps the front brakes individually or the rear brakes together up to 30 times per second. By preventing wheel lockup, ABS helps preserve the driver's steering ability during hard braking. Disclaimer
Brake Assist senses emergency braking via the speed at which the driver presses the brake pedal and immediately applies maximum available power boost. Brake Assist can potentially reduce the overall stopping distance by eliminating the delay caused by a common human tendency not to brake hard enough, soon enough. Letting up on the brake pedal releases Brake Assist. Disclaimer
This safety breakthrough first introduced by Mercedes-Benz continually monitors your driving inputs and the vehicle's motion to help keep it going in your intended direction, especially in corners and during evasive maneuvers. If it detects wheelspin, severe understeer (plowing), or oversteer (fishtailing), ESP® can brake individual wheels and reduce engine power to help bring the vehicle under control. Disclaimer
Bright white LED Daytime Running Lamps help increase the visibility of your vehicle to oncoming traffic by illuminating front lights whenever the car is switched on. With long life and low energy consumption, the light-emitting diode (LED) lamps also add a distinctive high-tech styling touch.
The E-Class Cabriolet is elaborately engineered to provide the strength and crashworthiness expected of a Mercedes-Benz, even without a fixed steel roof. High-strength/low-alloy (HSLA) steel provides greater resistance to bending and flexing than conventional steel of similar weight. HSLA and ultra-high-strength steel are used in critical areas of the body structure, including reinforced a windshield frame, floor crossmembers, door beams and various reinforcements throughout the body.
The Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) can automatically detect a substantial loss of tire pressure in any wheel and alert the driver via a warning message in the multifunction display. The advanced TPMS can also display the numeric tire pressure for each mounted wheel.
The SmartKey remote control integrates remote door locks and trunk opener, a removable valet key, and a remote panic alarm. You may selectively unlock only the driver's door and fuel filler, or both doors plus the trunk and fuel filler.
The standard antitheft alarm system is armed automatically when you lock your Mercedes from the outside. It sounds the horn and flashes the exterior lights if a door, the trunk or the hood is opened without first unlocking the vehicle. You can also sound the alarm by pressing the red "panic" button on your SmartKey remote when you're within range of your vehicle.
Rain-sensing windshield wipers automatically adjust the intermittent wiper frequency based on the amount of rainfall.
As sensors on the inside mirror detect the headlamp beams of vehicles behind you, both the inside and driver-side mirrors gradually darken to reduce reflected glare. To help maintain your rear vision, dimming is automatically cancelled when you shift to Reverse or if an interior light is switched on.
An exclusive E-Class Cabriolet innovation, AIRCAP® is an automatic virtual wind blocker. Utilizing a speed-sensitive airfoil that rises from the windshield header and an automatically height-adjusting see-through mesh screen between the rear head restraints, AIRCAP helps keep top-down driving quiet and draft-free even at highway speeds. And unlike conventional wind deflectors, the rear seats remain fully usable.
Intuitive, seat-shaped controls help you and your front passenger find your ideal seating positions with 14-way power adjustment, including a power lumbar support. A memory system for each front seat recalls three stored seat positions with the touch of a button. The driver-seat memory also includes the power steering column and side mirror positions.
A network of efficient LEDs casts a soothing glow to illuminate the front footwells, door handles and center console, helping to define the cabin space while driving in darkness.
Designed to cradle the driver and front passenger through every curve, the deeply contoured front sport seats feature integrated head restraints with advanced NECK-PRO® active technology.
Supple, richly grained double-stitched leather is hand-fitted to the seating surfaces and head restraints.
Electrically heated front seats quickly take the chill out of even the coldest day. Three levels of warming automatically step down after several minutes to the lowest setting.
On those occasions when you need to carry long items such as skis, a convenient pass-through is provided behind the rear-seat center armrest. Disclaimer
Separate left and right digital temperature controls allow the driver and front passenger to enjoy personalized comfort. In addition to fully automatic or manual control of blower speed and airflow distribution, the system includes sun and humidity sensors, and an integrated filtration system that helps remove dust, pollen and even odors from the cabin air.
Program your Mercedes-Benz to illuminate its exterior lights when you unlock it in darkness, to help illuminate a path to your vehicle.
Three buttons on the rearview mirror can be programmed to operate many types of garage door openers, security gates and other HomeLink®-compatible features. Disclaimer
Whether you're stuck in traffic or stopped on a hill, the HOLD feature lets you keep the brakes applied without your foot on the brake pedal. After bringing the vehicle to a stop, an additional press of the brake pedal activates the feature and illuminates a "HOLD" icon in the instrument cluster, letting you know you can relax your foot. The brake lamps stay illuminated while the car remains braked. When you're ready to move, just press the accelerator to release the feature and go. Disclaimer
Featuring a high-resolution color display and a central controller on the console, the Cockpit Management and Data (COMAND®) system gives you convenient control of entertainment, hands-free calling, the standard navigation, and numerous comfort functions. Many features can also be accessed via the integrated steering-wheel controls. Disclaimer
Bluetooth audio streaming makes it even easier to enjoy your digital music player. It allows you to connect your Bluetooth-equipped iPod® or other MP3 player wirelessly to your vehicle's audio system for convenient, cable-free playback. Disclaimer
A USB connector allows plug-and-play enjoyment from your iPod® or other USB-compatible digital music player. You don't need a special cable, just the one that came with your device, and the port even provides charging of the device's battery.
Delivering remarkably crisp, clear audio quality for both AM and FM radio, HD Radio™ technology can increase the number of stations available to you with no subscription or fee. Disclaimer
Place and answer calls, and even access select phonebooks without taking your hands off the steering wheel with standard Bluetooth® connectivity for hands-free calling. Pairing your Bluetooth-compatible phone with the vehicle is simpler than ever. Then, just leave your phone in your pocket and enjoy hands-free conversations over the audio system.
Visit http://www.mercedes-benz-mobile.com/us/en/ to learn more about Bluetooth connectivity. Disclaimer
An in-dash CD player also plays audio DVDs. You can even watch a DVD movie while the vehicle is in Park. An in-dash SD memory card reader is also included, so you can play your digital music files.