What has four seats under a dreamy soft top, a twin-turbo V-8 making over 400 horsepower and all the latest LED style from the new E63 AMG?

The 2014 E550 Cabriolet, of course.

This car really stops the conversation, to some extent. Much as new cars get critiqued and reviewed from afar, only a few hours with the E550 Cabrio on a sunny day is all we — or you — will need to fall in love.

All the best parts of the soft new Mercedes-Benz aesthetic and brand appeal are present, from the high-tech full-LED option up front, to the AirScarf and embracing Sport seats inside that use active bolsters in the twist.

All that, with the breeze in your hair and 60 mph in just over 5 seconds. There is only one.

Click past the jump to enjoy the 2014 Mercedes-Benz E550 Cabriolet as much as we did on our brief test route.

  • 2014 Mercedes-Benz E550 Cabriolet - Driven
  • Year:
    2014
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    V8
  • Transmission:
    7-Speed Automatic
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    404 @ 5000
  • MPG(Cty):
    17
  • MPG(Hwy):
    26
  • Torque @ RPM:
    443 @ 1600
  • Energy:
    DI, Twin-Turbo
  • Displacement:
    4.6 L
  • 0-60 time:
    5.2 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    155 mph
  • Layout:
    Front-engine, Rear-Drive
  • Price:
    67300
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  • body style:

Exterior

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Stunning details abound on the all-new 2014 E550 Cabrio with the additional Sport pack and LED lighting.

The most notable is the gorgeous central star that makes more of a shark point than the smooth E63 nose.

A black-chrome alloy forms a lower splitter in a much more serious and sporting way than its big brother, and these features are not shared with the cheaper E350 Cab.

The wheels look and feel perfect in person, despite seeming a tad small in the photos.

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E550 Cabriolet - Nose Styling Detail

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2014 Mercedes-Benz E550 Cabriolet - Profile Styling Detail

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2014 Mercedes-Benz E550 Cabriolet - Tail Styling Detail

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Exterior Options

Lighting Package ($1,500): Full-LED headlamps with Active Curve Illumination, Adaptive Highbeam Assist - Limited Availability

Interior

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The interior is supremely refined and gorgeous. Every material feels just as good as the premium components in the E63 AMG from last month, down to the classy IWC clock face and leather-wrapped dash.

The beauty of Mercedes-Benz E-Class naming strategy for both the coupes, sedans and cabriolet models really makes sense when considering the brilliance of this cabin.

Seats Detail

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Door Open Detail

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2014 Mercedes-Benz E550 Cabriolet - Optional Interior Features

Premium 1 Package ($3,270)

  • Hard-drive-based navigation
  • 10GB Music Register
  • harman/kardon LOGIC7 surround-sound system with Dolby Digital 5.1
  • SiriusXM Radio with 6-month All Access trial
  • SiriusXM Traffic and Weather
  • Enhanced Voice Control for audio, telephone and navigation
  • AIRSCARF neck-level heating system
  • Rear view camera

Sport Package ($870)

  • Multicontour front seats
  • Brushed aluminum pedals

Back Seat Detail

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Tonneau Cover Detail

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Trunk Detail

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Performance Feel Analysis

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The E550 feels outstanding from the word go. A completely smooth takeoff in Drive is joined by that perfect driving position and the extra-comfy seats of the Sport Package.

The only tricky part is the gear-stick, which is now electronic and requires a putton bush to get into park.

Aside from that, you would never know this car was running a dual-clutch automatic during daily drives in traffic. It is totally seamless - but a hammered throttle away from a big multi-gear kick-down and huge, instant pace.

2014 Mercedes-Benz E550 Cabriolet - Mechanical Details

Engine 4.6-liter Twin-Turbocharged 32 -valve V-8
Fuel Gasoline
Transmission 7-Speed Dual-Clutch Automatic
Powertrain Layout Front-engine, Rear-drive
Power (Horsepower) 402 @ 5,000 rpm
Torque (Torque) 443 @ 1,600 rpm
0-60 mph (Seconds) 5.2
Top Speed (MPH) 155
EPA Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined) 17/26/NA

Safety

Optional Safety Features - Parking Assist Package ($1,290)

  • PARKTRONIC with Active Parking Assist and Exit
  • Surround View System
  • BAS PLUS with Cross-Traffic Assist

Optional Safety Features - Driver Assistance Package

  • DISTRONIC PLUS with Steering Assist
  • BAS PLUS with Cross-Traffic Assist
  • PRE-SAFE Brake with Pedestrian Detection
  • PRE-SAFE PLUS
  • Active Blind Spot Assist
  • Active Lane Keeping Assist

Optional Safety Features - Lane Tracking Package ($875}

  • Blind Spot Assist
  • Lane Keeping Assist

Pricing and Availability

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The 2014 Mercedes-Benz E550 Cabriolet is available now with pricing from $67,300.

Conclusion

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There is a real charm in a well-executed cabriolet of any kind, but with four seats an the old ’bank-vault’ rigidity - the latest E-Class convertibles might be the best ever. Worth recalling is that the previous E-Class convertibles from the 1990s had astronomical chassis strength - but prices to match.

The new cars are not only cheaper this generation with a tag of $70,000 for the tester, but are far more friendly, chic and nimble.

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    • * Wish it were sunny and summer all year driving the E550 Cabriolet!
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