MercedesBenz Ocean Drive Concept Auto Shows Car and Driver

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Mercedes-Benz Ocean Drive

Mercedes-Benz Ocean Drive

Party of four. Outside please.

December 2006 BY SILER PHOTOGRAPHY BY JEFFREY G.

Think the concept of the convertible is gone forever? Think The Mercedes-Benz Ocean Drive making its first public at Detroit’s 2007 NAIAS, that there may indeed be a for big, glamorous convertible Snoop, it might be time to Dieter again.

The glamorous Drive essentially is a convertible of today’s S600 sedan. a one-off creation, the Ocean shares most of its mechanical including its 510-hp, 612 lb-ft V-12, but not one exterior panel, the production hardtop. The al fresco dons a fresh interpretation of the sedan face, featuring an shield-shaped grille and glitzy headlamps that reach up the hood. (Side note: are we at the 2010 facelift here?). proportions were maintainedquite a with a convertible this to mammoth, turbine-spoke wheels,

door handles, and subtle lines that gently toward its tapered, Maybach-esque Also like the big ‘Bach, the Drive concept features a paint schemein this two shimmery shades of gold. And says money like

The concept’s folding fabric top is nicely styled, if relatively as it stows conventionally under a panel behind the rear Customers of such a vehicle in day and age might expect a folding though that would be impossible to engineer on a car this Besides, no one’s complaining the Bentley Continental GTC or the upcoming Royce Phantom-based convertible, of which are ragtops.


Inside, traditional S-class abounds. Each of the four seats feature Mercedes’ Airscarf neck vents, to make top-down motoring even on nippy days. swaths of Birdseye Maple can be throughout the cabin, as well as the rigid soft top cover a la the Bentley GTC.

Can it be done?

In an age where bling is the new the idea of an ultra-luxury convertible is certainly compellingif not original. many Americans will the Ocean Drive to the famous Lincoln Continental convertibles the sixties; though it’s noting Mercedes has built four-door convertibles of its own during its history.

Would it sell? The music industry alone gobble up every one Mercedes build. Not to mention professional Then there are the old money that grew up on convertible from Lincoln, Duesenberg, etc. Need we go on?

Questions remain, however, the production feasibility of the Ocean (which we hope will a less cheesy name at point). Particularly challenging for the chariot is side-impact protection of course, structural integrity. said, Mercedes-Benz has more building safe, pillar-less than any other automaker, so if could pull this of car off, that would be Stay tuned.

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