The new Mercedes-AMG S65 Cabriolet
Open-top driving with prestige and performance
With the new S65 Cabriolet, Mercedes-AMG is offering a performance car that combines the impressive power of the 6.0-liter V12 biturbo engine with the pleasure of open-top driving for four occupants for the first time. An output of 621 horsepower and 738 lb-ft of torque, the sport suspension based on AIRMATIC and the exquisite appointments emphasize the exceptional status of the new flagship model in the S-Class family from Mercedes-AMG. A new dimension in open-air motoring is guaranteed by the automatic wind protection system AIRCAP, the AIRSCARF neck-level heating system, heated armrests and intelligent climate control. The three-layered acoustic fabric soft top is available in four colors, and has a very high-quality interior lining in nappa leather and DINAMICA microfiber.
No other car manufacturer in the world offers such a wide portfolio of twelve-cylinder models as Mercedes-AMG: The S65 Sedan, SL65 Roadster, G65 off-roader and S65 Coupe are now joined by the new S65 Cabriolet as a further high-performance alternative for discerning automobile enthusiasts.
“The customer base for our V12 biturbo engine expects the ultimate in every respect. That is why we are offering a four-seater high-performance convertible with this legendary power unit for the first time. The new S65 Cabriolet sets benchmarks for all relevant criteria: top performance, a breathtaking driving experience and exquisite appointments,” says Tobias Moers, Chairman of Mercedes-AMG GmbH.
The peak output of 621 horsepower and maximum torque of 738 lb-ft make for effortlessly superior performance. The Mercedes-AMG S65 Cabriolet sprints from 0 to 60 mph in 4.0 seconds. The AMG Driver’s package, standard in the U.S. market, includes an increase in top speed to 186 mph (also electronically limited). Overall, it is the unrivalled 12-cylinder driving experience that thrills much more than facts and figures: stylish driving comfort and effortless power delivery combine with great refinement and the unmistakable AMG V12 engine sound.
Key data at a glance
|Mercedes-AMG S65 Cabriolet|
|Rated output||621 hp
at 4800-5400 rpm
|Peak torque||738 lb-ft at 2300-4300 rpm|
|Acceleration 0-60 (s)||4.0|
|Top speed* (mph)||155|
Technical highlights of the AMG 6.0-liter V12 biturbo engine
- AMG 6.0-liter V12 biturbo engine
- Aluminum crankcase
- Forged crankshaft in high-grade alloy steel
- Multi-spark ignition with 12 twin-spark ignition units
- Air-to-water intercooler with low-temperature circuit
- Alternator management
- ECO start/stop function
The exclusive carbon-fiber/aluminum engine cover also visually conveys the exceptional strengths of the V12 engine, which will be hand-assembled on the new, additional AMG engine line in Mannheim from 2016. The ultra-modern assembly layout is logistically and ergonomically perfect for the AMG philosophy of “One Man, One Engine,” where each engine is assembled entirely by hand by a single technician. A badge bearing the technician’s signature is attached to the engine as a personal testimony of perfection and quality.
Power transmission with three individual driving modes
The AMG SPEEDSHIFT PLUS 7G-TRONIC transmission is responsible for transferring power to the rear axle. This automatic transmission offers a choice of three individual modes, Comfort (C), Sport (S) and Manual (M). Sport and Manual emphasize the vehicle’s dynamic character: the ultimate emotional appeal and tangible sportiness are ensured by the brief, precisely defined cutback of ignition and injection when shifting up a gear under full load. This shortens shift times and lends an audibly more emotive tone to gearshifts. The ECO start/stop function is activated in transmission mode “C.”
Design features: High-sheen chrome as a distinguishing feature
The Mercedes-AMG S65 Cabriolet also fascinates with its irresistible, timeless design lines. V12-specific features include the numerous design elements in high-sheen chrome at the front, sides and rear, which are particularly effective in conjunction with dark paint finishes. The large central Mercedes star on the front apron, the “twin blade” radiator grille, all of the air intake grilles, the trim strip on the “A-wing,” the side flics (air deflector elements) and the front splitter are in high-sheen chrome. The front splitter reduces lift at the front axle, while the gap above the front splitter ensures an effective flow of air to the separate engine oil cooler behind it.
At the sides, the eye is drawn to the “V12 BITURBO” lettering on the wings and the high-sheen chrome inserts in the side skirts – which harmonize perfectly with the ceramic high-sheen multi-spoke forged wheels. Their large size of 8.5 J x 20 with size 255/40 ZR 20 tires at the front, and 9.5 J x 20 with tire size 285/35 ZR 20 at the rear, emphasizes the model’s athletic appearance.
In the closed position, the multi-layered acoustic soft top has the design contours of a coupe silhouette. The fabric soft top is available in black, dark blue, beige and dark red. It can be electro-hydraulically opened and closed while on the move up to a speed of 37 mph. Opening and closing takes around 17 seconds. The soft top stores itself above the automatically extending luggage compartment partition. This avoids the need for any additional closures on the soft top compartment lid, in keeping with the high design quality embodied by the S65 Cabriolet.
The rear section also sparkles: The AMG sport exhaust system’s two chromed twin tailpipes in V12 design are fully chrome-plated and perfectly integrated into the rear apron. Above the distinctive diffuser insert, painted in high-gloss black, the trim element forms an effective contrast: it echoes the design of the “A-wings” on the front apron and is finished in high-sheen chrome.
Bodyshell: lightweight and torsionally rigid
The sculptured outside skin surrounds a highly stable structure which is light in weight yet extremely strong thanks to the intelligent material mix. The bodyshell of the new S65 Cabriolet achieves the same torsional rigidity level as a coupe. At the same time the outside skin, the front section and the rear section of aluminum, as well as the use of magnesium, reduce the weight of the bodyshell to that of the current S65 Coupe. The bulkhead behind the rear seats also contributes to this. This serves to rigidify the bodyshell, but also saves weight by carrying the pyrotechnically deployed rollover bars.
Careful attention to detail is also evident in the luggage compartment concept: when the soft top is opened, it folds away into a section of the luggage compartment. The soft top is separated from the remaining luggage compartment space by means of an electrically operated, retractable cover which encloses the soft top. This luggage compartment partition extends automatically when opening the soft top. This means that the driver no longer needs to stop in order to operate the luggage compartment cover manually. The partition is not activated if the luggage compartment has been loaded in such a way that there are objects in the area of the partition. When the soft top is closed, the luggage compartment partition can be retracted by pressing a button in the inner paneling of the trunk lid, increasing the available luggage space. Additional convenience and space benefits include standard-specification electro-hydraulic remote locking for the luggage compartment and a through-loading facility into the interior.
Interior: equipment, quality and ambience of the highest standard
The extraordinarily stylish character of the twelve-cylinder model is also obvious in the interior: The S65 Cabriolet welcomes its occupants with an incomparably exquisite ambience. The sport seats in designo Exclusive nappa leather are a distinctive highlight with their diamond-pattern layout. The perforations deliberately avoid the areas where stitching features in the nappa leather. The result is exceptionally neat contrasting seams and an unrivalled impression of quality. Electric adjustment, a memory function and seat climatization are standard features. More contoured seat cushions and backrests improve lateral support when cornering at speed.
The fabric soft top has an interior lining completely in DINAMICA microfiber. High-grade nappa leather lines the window frame including the A-pillars, the roof claddings and the sun visors.
Outstanding climatic comfort with the roof open or closed
Maximum climatic comfort is assured by the automatic wind protection system AIRCAP, the AIRSCARF neck-level heating system, the heated armrests and rear seat heating included in the Warmth & Comfort Package. In addition, with the intelligent automatic climate control, the driver does not need to select a mode for closed or open top, nor is it necessary to save a temperature setting for these driving conditions.
Sport steering wheel in a three-spoke design
A perfect feel for the car’s behavior is ensured by the 3-spoke sport steering wheel in nappa leather, which has a flattened lower section. It features shift paddles, a distinctly contoured rim trimmed with perforated leather in the grip area, and a metal insert with AMG lettering. Also available is the same sport steering wheel design with DINAMICA inserts for an extra sporty driving impression.
Another unique AMG specialty is the AMG instrument cluster: information on the engine speed, vehicle speed and much more appears on two animated round dials on the 12.3 inch, high-resolution color TFT display. The typography, the needles in red/silver, the speedometer with its 220 mph scale and the “V12 BITURBO” lettering in the rev counter all have a distinctive AMG look. When the driver’s door is opened, an AMG start-up screen appears on the right-hand display, while an animated Mercedes-AMG S65 Cabriolet appears in the instrument cluster.
Lithium-ion battery reduces weight by over 44 pounds
The Mercedes-AMG S65 Cabriolet is equipped with a lithium-ion battery as standard. This innovative technology offers numerous advantages over a conventional battery concept: with a capacity of 78 Ah, the lithium-ion battery replaces both the starter battery and the backup battery – resulting in a weight saving of over 44 pounds.
Sport suspension based on AIRMATIC
The sport suspension based on AIRMATIC provides an incomparable driving experience. It has AMG-specific kinematics, considerably tauter elasto-kinematics and new parameterization of the variable damping adjustment – the driver benefits from more direct responses, and also faster handling responses with a dynamic driving style. The damping characteristics can be preset in two modes: a high level of long-distance comfort or a sporty, stiff setup.
It is perfectly complemented by the electro-mechanical, speed-sensitive sport steering with a constant, direct steering ratio of 13.5:1: this optimizes vehicle handling and agility while maintaining driving safety at high speeds. Depending on the suspension setting, the steering characteristics are adapted for more sporty or comfortable response. In either case the driver feels precise feedback from the road surface, and a high level of steering precision.
Ceramic high-sheen forged wheels with fully integrated wheel bolt cover
The exclusive high-polished forged wheels of the V12 Cabriolet appeal with their exceptional design, which represents a contemporary interpretation of classic sports car rims. Each of the 16 spokes twist so that the light-catching contours radiate to the center of the wheel hub. The effect: The wheel appears larger than its actual dimensions of 8.5 J x 20 at the front and 9.5 J x 20 at the rear.
The forged wheels feature a high-quality, screw-on, fully integrated wheel bolt cover in forged aluminum as standard equipment. Its shape is reminiscent of a center lock as seen in motorsport. The AMG lettering is incorporated into the rim as a design element. Three further forged wheels in the same format are available as optional alternatives – one design variant with a matt black finish and high-sheen rim flange.
Optional ceramic high-performance composite brake system
The high-performance composite brake system features large brake discs and brake calipers with a grey finish, and red calipers are available as an optional extra. A ceramic high-performance composite braking system with 16.5” discs at the front with six-piston fixed calipers and 14.2” discs at the rear is optionally available. This is around 40 percent lighter in weight versus conventional steel one-piece rotors. The lower unsprung masses improve driving dynamics, agility and ride comfort.
Extensive standard equipment with head-up display and touchpad
The extensive range of standard equipment for the Mercedes-AMG S65 Cabriolet includes the head-up display and the touchpad. The head-up display projects key information such as the vehicle speed, speed limits, navigation directions, traffic signs and information from DISTRONIC PLUS onto the windscreen. The visualization of the engine speed and the current gear is exclusive to AMG. In Manual transmission mode, a colored upshift bar and the possible gears for a manual gear change are also protected onto the windscreen. The virtual color display measuring 8.3 x 2.8 inches appears to float on the hood at a distance of about 69 feet from the driver. The innovative touchpad makes it significantly easier to operate the radio, telephone and navigation system. In contrast to conventional systems, the touchpad can be used to operate all of the infotainment functions. The input area is approximately 2.6 x 1.8 inches in size and is integrated into the handrest with a cover for the keypad.
Intelligent Drive: new standards in safety
The new S65 Cabriolet is available with numerous innovative assistance systems that make driving even more comfortable and safe. “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. COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST PLUS features distance and collision warning functions with adaptive Brake Assist, offering protection against collisions from just 4 mph. In addition, when a danger of collision persists and the driver fails to respond, the system is able to carry out autonomous braking at speeds of up to more than 60 mph, thereby reducing the severity of collisions with slower or stopping vehicles. At speeds of up to around 31 mph the system also brakes in response to stationary vehicles, and is able to prevent rear-end collisions at up to around 25 mph.
The preventive occupant protection system PRE-SAFE® has also been extended. As PRE-SAFE® PLUS, it can now also recognize an imminent rear-end collision and warn following traffic by activating the rear hazard warning lights at a high frequency. When a danger of collision persists, the system can “lock” the brakes of the stationary vehicle prior to a rear-end collision and activate the PRE-SAFE® belt tensioners immediately before impact. This action minimizes the risk of whiplash injury by reducing the forward jolt caused by the impact, and ensuring that the occupants are in the best possible position.
Standard equipment for the Mercedes-AMG S65 Cabriolet includes the following (selection):
- Exclusive package including upholstery in designo Exclusive nappa leather
- Headliner in nappa leather / DINAMICA microfiber
- LED Intelligent Light System
- 360° camera
- Active Parking Assist with PARKTRONIC
- Burmester® high-end 3D surround sound system
- Driving Assistance package Plus, including DISTRONIC PLUS with Steering Assist, PRE-SAFE® Brake, BAS PLUS with Cross-Traffic Assist, Active Blind Spot Assist, Active Lane Keeping Assist and PRE-SAFE® PLUS
- Seat Comfort package for driver and front passenger
- KEYLESS-GO package
The Mercedes-AMG S65 Cabriolet will be available in U.S. dealerships beginning in late summer of 2016.
The Mercedes-AMG S63 4MATIC Cabriolet “Edition 130”
Limited special edition for the “130 years Inventor of the Automobile” anniversary
Carl Benz and Gottlieb Daimler invented the automobile in 1886. In so doing, they established a tradition of constant further developments and innovative new creations that continue to this day. Mercedes-Benz’s sports car and performance brand are now celebrating this 130th anniversary with the exclusive special edition Mercedes-AMG S63 4MATIC Cabriolet “Edition 130.” Distinguished by particularly exquisite appointments that harken back to the legendary Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrows race cars, this special edition celebrates its world premiere at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
The Mercedes-AMG S63 4MATIC Cabriolet “Edition 130” presents an exclusive version of the open-top four seater with the special, high-gloss “Alubeam silver” paint finish, the first application since the 2014 SLS AMG, a custom red fabric top limited to this edition to complement the interior and 5-twin-spoke 20-inch forged alloy wheels, typically exclusive to V12 S-Class models. “The first automobiles from Carl Benz and Gottlieb Daimler were open vehicles. Mercedes-AMG honors this achievement of the founding fathers with this highly exclusive cabriolet, and demonstrates the developments the automobile has undergone in the last 130 years, developments which would have been inconceivable at that time,” according to Tobias Moers, Chairman of the Board of Mercedes-AMG GmbH.
Limited: only 130 cars
The designo Exclusive Nappa Leather upholstery in Bengal red/black as well as trim elements in AMG carbon fiber/piano lacquer black underscores the special position of this limited edition model, of which there will only be 130 available worldwide. A badge in the middle console and an engraving on the steering wheel bezel also highlight this fact. Brake calipers painted red and floor mats with Bengal red edging round off the visual impression.
Every customer receives a tailor-made AMG Indoor Car Cover with the embroidered lettering “Edition 130 – 1 of 130” to protect this valuable vehicle from dust in the garage. Furthermore, at the handover of the keys the customer receives a Welcome Package with an “Edition 130” badge key ring and an aluminum box for the vehicle’s key.
The “Edition 130” celebrates its world premiere at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
Aside from the expressive design of the exterior and interior, the four-seater cabriolet offers the brand’s hallmark “Driving Performance.” The 5.5 liter V8-biturbo engine with 577 HP output and 664 lb-ft maximum torque, the AMG Performance 4MATIC all-wheel drive, acceleration from 0 to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds, and the high performance composite brake system with red-painted calipers leave nothing to be desired.
The 2017 Mercedes-AMG S63 4MATIC Cabriolet “Edition 130” will be available at US dealers in the late spring 2016.
Open-top luxury – 2017 Year Model
September 01, 2015 – Stuttgart — The new S-Class Cabriolet is the fourth variant of the current S-Class family in the U.S. market and the first open-top flagship four-seater from Mercedes-Benz since 1971. It offers a distinctive, sensual and exclusive design, the cutting-edge technology of the S-Class and a comprehensive warmth and wind protection concept which includes intelligent climate control for convertibles. The elegantly sporty model will have its world premiere at the Frankfurt International Motor Show in September. Also on display in Frankfurt will be a superlative dream car from Mercedes‑AMG in the guise of the S63 4MATIC Cabriolet. Its 5.5-liter V8 biturbo engine offers an output of 577 hp and peak torque of 664 lb-ft, AMG Performance 4MATIC all-wheel drive with rear-biased torque split as standard and acceleration from 0 to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds.
“After 44 years we are once again able to offer Mercedes aficionados an open-top car in the S-Class. The new S-Class Cabriolet symbolizes our passion for individual and timelessly exclusive mobility, which we share with our customers,” remarks Ola Källenius, Board Member of Daimler AG, Mercedes-Benz Cars Sales.
The new S-Class Cabriolet is exceptionally rigid. Innovative solutions such as the luggage compartment bulkhead made of aluminium and magnesium as well as the aluminium rear floor also lower the bodyshell weight to the level of the S-Class Coupe. The standard-fit roll-over protection system behind the rear head restraints features pyrotechnic initiation of the actuators for the first time, in addition to the roll bars themselves which are moved into position by a gas generator.
“Two years after its launch, the S-Class family is now complete. We have never offered six models worldwide in the luxury class before – and never before have we enjoyed such success,” says Prof. Dr. Thomas Weber, Member of the Daimler Board of Management responsible for Group Research and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars Development. “The S-Class sets the pace on the global market when it comes to safety, efficiency and comfort.”
Mercedes-Benz lays claim to building the world’s most comfortable convertible. When it comes to climate comfort, the enhanced automatic wind protection system AIRCAP, the AIRSCARF neck-level heating system, the heated armrests, the seat heating for front and rear passengers and the intelligent climate control ensure that this is indeed the case. In contrast to conventional systems, the climate is controlled fully automatically. This means that the driver does not need to select a mode for closed or open top, nor is it necessary to save a temperature setting for these driving conditions.
A keen attention to detail is also evident in the luggage compartment concept: when the soft top is opened, it folds away into part of the luggage compartment. The soft top is separated from the remaining luggage compartment space by means of an electrically operated retractable cover which encloses the soft top. This luggage compartment partition extends automatically during opening of the soft top, providing added convenience because the driver no longer needs to stop and exit the vehicle in order to operate the luggage compartment cover manually. The partition will not be activated if the luggage compartment is loaded such that there are objects in the area of the partition. When the soft top is closed, the luggage compartment partition can be retracted by pressing a button in the inner panelling of the trunk lid, increasing the available luggage space.
Additional details which are standard are electro-hydraulic remote locking for the luggage compartment and a through-loading facility into the interior.
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Dynamic profile, superlative class: The design
“With its sensual and pure design idiom, our new S-Class Cabriolet is one of the most beautiful and exclusive S-Class cars of all time,” says Gorden Wagener, Head of Design at Daimler AG. “It embodies modern luxury in a very special way and is an expression of both effortless superiority and progressivity.”
The centerpiece of the front end is the black diamond radiator grille featuring the Mercedes star and a single louvre in silver with chrome inserts. The hood adds dynamic touches with two powerful character lines. The striking front bumper incorporates large air intakes in the middle and at the sides. The chrome trim adds a sporty finishing touch to the front end. The LED Intelligent Light System can be ordered with optional exquisite Swarovski crystals for the turn signals and daytime running lamps further showcasing the car’s elegance in glittering style.
The side design of the S-Class Cabriolet presents a thrilling dynamic coupe-style profile when the soft top is closed. Features of the side design include a low greenhouse, the dropping line of the side wall descending towards the rear and the fully retractable side windows. The multilayer, taut soft top underscores the vehicle’s elegance when closed. The soft top is available in black, dark blue, beige and dark red.
The switch in the center console can be used to open and close the soft top while on the move up to a speed of 37 mph. Opening and closing takes under 20 seconds. The soft top is deposited above the automatically extending luggage compartment partition. The newly developed soft top from Mercedes Benz is a tensioning-arm top. When closing the soft top, the required closing forces are generated by moving the tensioning arms beyond the dead center position – a process known as ‘overcentering’. This avoids the need for any additional closures on the soft top compartment lid, consisent with the high design quality embodied by the S-Class Cabriolet. With the electronic key, opening and closing are also possible from outside the vehicle.
The rear end underscores the impression of width with flat LED tail lights and muscular shoulders. The closed soft top with glass window blends harmoniously into the rear view. The soft top compartment lid is framed by a wide chrome trim element. The rear bumper with diffuser-look lower section, two visible tailpipe trims and a horizontal chrome trim element add a sporty finish. The Mercedes star is hinged and performs several functions: it serves as a handle for manual opening of the trunk lid and is also the cover for the reversing camera and the optional Surround View Camera System.
Inside, the S-Class Cabriolet boasts a luxuriously sporty design idiom and fine materials, conjuring up an exceptionally refined interior setting. The soft top opens up to create an open-air lounge that exudes a yacht-like atmosphere. The carefully matched choice of colors and materials and the high-quality controls in real metal or in chrome look underscore the vehicle’s highly exclusive character. To enable the broadest scope for individualization, there is a choice of nappa leather or designo Exclusive nappa leather plus six different interior color concepts, including a maritime-inspired combination of deep-sea blue and porcelain. The materials feature the highest standard of workmanship and are hand-crafted in character.
Exemplary low wind noise
With a Cd value of 0.29, aerodynamics world champion Mercedes-Benz sets a new benchmark in this segment with the S-Class Cabriolet. The excellent air flow characteristics can be attributed to the underbody panelling concept with extensive engine compartment and main floor panelling, the extensive rear axle cladding, the aerodynamically optimized wheel spoilers, the aerodynamic shape of the exterior mirrors and the well-balanced power split between the front and rear axle.
The S-Class Coupe has the quietest interior of any series production car, and the open four-seater continues this family tradition by offering excellent noise-related comfort as well. A three-layer acoustic soft top comes as standard. The outer fabric cover incorporates a butyl layer as a water barrier on the inside, as opposed to the previous neoprene layer. This lowers noise levels, as does the enhanced upholstery matting and the acoustically optimized roof lining. The insulating layer also ensures that the elegant profile silhouette is not spoiled by bows that are visible from the outside.
Bodyshell measures, the sealing concept for the doors and the double glazing of the windows are also crucial to the low wind noise level in the interior. In addition to noise-related comfort, the aerodynamics engineers have also devoted special attention to maintaining a draft-free interior. The new S-Class Cabriolet is fitted with the AIRCAP automatic wind protection system as standard. This can be extended at the touch of a button to reduce turbulence in the interior. AIRCAP consists of two components: a wind deflector with a net, set into the roof frame that can be extended by 2.8 inches, plus a similarly extendable draft-stop behind the rear seats with a convex contour and stainless steel trim. The innovative diffuser ribs on the bottom edge of the front louvre are a further development. They produce specific turbulence effects to reduce the noise level. The wind deflector is finished in the body color on the S-Class Cabriolet.
Another standard comfort feature is the AIRSCARF neck-level heating system. This extends the convertible season by enabling comfortable open-top driving even at low outside temperatures. With this patented neck-level heating system, warm air circulates around the head and neck areas of the occupants from the head restraints.
THERMOTRONIC: particularly intelligent climate control
The new S-Class premieres an intelligent climate control system, which in the future will provide for ideal climate comfort coupled with maximum user-friendliness in all open-top vehicles from Mercedes-Benz. The air conditioning experts at Mercedes‑Benz developed a new software architecture specifically for this system, which underwent rigorous testing on state-of-the-art “hardware-in-the-loop” test stands prior to fine-tuning in the climate tunnel and on test drives.
In contrast to conventional systems, the climate is controlled fully automatically. This means that the driver does not need to select a mode for closed or open top, nor is it necessary to save a temperature setting for these driving conditions. An overlapping function performs the considerable feat of achieving an unnoticeable transition between closed and open top (and vice-versa) for maximum climate comfort. The Cabriolet benefits here from the sophisticated climate control concept for the S-Class, which enables automatic individual control of each vent.
The air conditioning control unit is fully networked and communicates with numerous vehicle components. In all, 12 sensors and 18 actuators help provide the ideal climate in all conditions. In addition to interior and exterior temperature, the sensors also detect the level of solar radiation. A sensor for air quality and harmful gases constantly monitors the quality of the outside air being drawn in. To effectively prevent the windows from fogging up, a dewpoint sensor measures the absolute humidity on the front windscreen. Two solar sensors on the dashboard and on the rear shelf ensure that the blower level and temperature are adjusted to the selected settings in a short amount of time in response to any changes in solar irradiation.
With two climate zones and three climate styles (diffuse, medium or focused), the standard-fit THERMOTRONIC automatic climate control system enables an individual feel-good climate on board. The driver and front passenger are able to control the temperature, airflow and air distribution and to vary the temperature of their footwells in five levels, independently of each other. The status of the
soft top influences air distribution, blower operation and temperature control. The new THERMOTRONIC with intelligent climate control follows the Mercedes-Benz philosophy of supplying cold air quickly after starting up the vehicle and subsequently controlling the climate as inconspicuously as possible.
The optionally available Warmth & Comfort package provides even cozier conditions. For instance, the armrests on the center console and the doors as well as the multifunction steering wheel can be heated in addition to the standard seat heating. The driver and front passenger can choose between three different heating levels at the touch of a button. The standard AIR-BALANCE package features fragrance and ionization as well as additional air cleaning by an activated charcoal filter. PACIFIC MOOD is a new fragrance that is available exclusively for the Cabriolet.
Drive, suspension, active safety: a fully-fledged member of the S-Class family
The V8 engine of the S550 Cabriolet has an output of 449 horsepower. The displacement stands at 4663 cc, and the engine produces peak torque of 516 lb-ft from 1800 rpm. The innovative 9G-TRONIC 9-speed automatic transmission supports both a dynamic and a fuel-saving driving style.
The S-Class Cabriolet is fitted with standard AIRMATIC semi-active air suspension that features infinitely variable damping control. This system sets standards with respect to road roar and handling stability. It can be set to a sportier or more comfort-oriented mode, according to personal tastes. The four-link front axle impresses with a high level of driving comfort, plus precise suspension action.
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. In addition to a distance and collision warning function in conjunction with Adaptive Brake Assist, which offers collision protection from speeds as low as 5 mph, the standard COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST PLUS system also features an additional function: when a danger of collision persists and the driver fails to respond, the system is able to carry out autonomous braking at speeds of up to 65 mph, thereby reducing the severity of collisions with slower or stopping vehicles. At speeds of up to 31 mph the system also brakes in response to stationary vehicles, and is able to prevent rear-end collisions at up to around 25 mph.
The PRE-SAFE® preventive occupant protection system has been upgraded to PRE‑SAFE® PLUS. PRE-SAFE® PLUS can recognize an imminent rear-end collision and warn following traffic by flashing the rear hazard warning lights at a high frequency. When a danger of collision persists, the system can “lock” the brakes of the stationary vehicle prior to a rear-end collision and activate the PRE-SAFE® belt tensioners immediately before impact. This action minimizes the risk of whiplash injury by reducing the forward jolt caused by the impact and ensuring that the occupants are in the best possible position.
Intelligent lightweight design: extremely rigid, remarkably light
As the sixth variant of the current S-Class worldwide and the fourth available in the U.S. market, the new S-Class Cabriolet (length/width/height: 197.9/74.7/55.8 inches or 5027/1899/1417 mm) is a member of the world’s largest luxury model family. Its closest relative is the S-Class Coupe, from which the Cabriolet adopts around 60 percent of its bodyshell components. A completely new feature is the rear floor, produced in aluminium for the first time. This raises the share of this lightweight metal in terms of surface area to over 50 percent in the overall intelligent mix of materials.
Striking new components are the longitudinal members in die-cast aluminium, based on a technology which was developed for the current SL. With the aid of a sand core, the longitudinal member is produced as a closed cast body which is hollow inside. This enables various components to be integrated in the longitudinal member, while also making varying wall thicknesses possible. This means a functionally ideal and weight-optimized design for the longitudinal member.
In order to attain the high functional objectives (noise, vibration, durability and crash characteristics), the multifunction well (previously: spare wheel well) is welded in place in the bodyshell.
Another noticeable new feature is the rear wall behind the rear seats, which serves to reinforce the body while at the same time supporting the pyrotechnically extending roll bars and also incorporating a through-loading opening into the luggage compartment. This rear wall consists of aluminium sections whose characteristic shape has earned this component the internal nickname “hockey goal”. Two shear panels, in the form of the magnesium rear wall and a cover consisting of aluminium sections, assure this assembly of high rigidity. The rear wall is attached via two additional large cast aluminium parts to the side wall. There are also numerous reinforcements on the underfloor to enhance the four-seater convertible’s rigidity.
In all, the body engineers have achieved two essentially contradictory aims: in terms of torsional stiffness, the S-Class Cabriolet even attains values on a par with those of the S-Class Coupe which was superseded last year, while at the same time the bodyshell weight of the current closed sister model has been maintained. The weight-saving measures also include ingenious solutions such as the vibration absorber which the hydraulic pump of the automatic soft top uses as additional weight, thereby saving around 15.4 lbs.
Standard-fit roll over protection system: Fully pyrotechnic
On detecting an impending danger of the vehicle rolling over, the airbag control unit sends a corresponding signal to the roll over protection system. This is quickly extended behind the rear head restraints, helping to maintain a safe passenger compartment. The roll bars are extended not by spring force, but – for the first time on a Mercedes-Benz – by pyrotechnical means, using a gas generator.
This is made possible by state-of-the-art yaw rate sensors which, in contrast to the previously employed tilting cone sensors, virtually rule out incorrect actuation. In keeping with the S-Class Cabriolet’s high design quality, there are no tear lines in the panelling behind the rear head restraints.
Heritage: coveted dream cars of the 1960s
The new S-Class Cabriolet is carrying the long and successful tradition of Mercedes-Benz luxury-segment cabriolets into the future. Even back in the 1920s the luxury cabriolets from Stuttgart combined the freedom of open-top motoring with the comfort and safety of a Mercedes-Benz Sedan. From the start of post-war production the top models from Mercedes-Benz were also available in the particularly exclusive variant as a cabriolet. These included the 170 S (W 136) from 1949, the 220 (W 187) from 1951 and the 300 S (W 188) from 1952.
After the “Ponton” cabriolets 220 S (W 180) and 220 SE (W 128) built from 1956 to 1960, in 1961 the 220 SE Cabriolet of the model series W 111 was launched, a particularly elegant, open-top four-seater, whose design is still considered timeless to this day.
In this ten-year production period Mercedes-Benz offered five different models in these model series: the 220 SE, 250 SE, 300 SE (W 112), 280 SE and, as a late top model, the eight-cylinder 280 SE 3.5 – in total 7,013 units of these five cabriolets were manufactured in Sindelfingen. For the time being there was no open-top luxury-segment car in the Mercedes-Benz model range to follow this generation: rather, it is the new SL from model series 107 from 1971 onwards which cultivated the tradition of open-top motoring in the Stuttgart brand’s cars – as a two-seater.
The cabriolets from Mercedes-Benz are today amongst the most sought-after classic cars – and the prices have developed accordingly. For instance, values of Cabriolets from the 111 model series, with are cited by the renowned American Hagerty Insurance’s price guide. In its estimation a 280 SE 3.5 from the final year of construction, 1971, in condition 2 today has a value of around $290,000 USD – ten years ago the figure was some $115,000 USD. But that is by no means the pinnacle: for instance, a specimen of this model in excellent condition was auctioned last August by RM Auctions for $429,000 USD.
The last six-cylinder 280 SE model (1969) in the same condition is valued today by Hagerty at approx. $75,000 USD – about $45,000 USD ten years ago. Early 220 SE models are around the same level, with a current value of some $84,000 USD.
The new Mercedes-AMG S63 4MATIC Cabriolet
The ultimate dream car
Affalterbach. Mercedes-Benz is presenting a superlative dream car in the guise of the S63 4MATIC Cabriolet. For the first time in its 48-year history, Mercedes‑Benz’s sports car and high-performance brand is offering a four-seater Cabriolet in the S-Class segment, adding to its product portfolio an attractive alternative for automobile enthusiasts with a desire for performance and luxury. The new model also offers its driver and up to three passengers space to travel in style. Its high-caliber statistics: 5.5-liter V8 biturbo engine with an output of 577 hp and peak torque of 664 lb-ft, AMG Performance 4MATIC all-wheel drive with rear-biased torque split as standard, acceleration from 0 to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds and a high-performance composite brake system for optimum deceleration.
High-performance technology coupled with expressive exterior and interior design: It is immediately apparent that the new S63 4MATIC Cabriolet is built by car enthusiasts for car enthusiasts. “The new S63 Cabriolet is another fascinating AMG dream car from Affalterbach,” says Tobias Moers, Chairman of the Board of Management of Mercedes-AMG GmbH. “The new model demonstrates in impressive style that we are keeping our foot firmly on the gas in 2015. We are continuing our model initiative with a vengeance – in all market segments.”
AMG Lightweight Performance
The basis for the vehicle’s superior and dynamic character is provided by the particularly rigid bodyshell structure featuring innovative solutions such as the luggage compartment bulkhead made of magnesium.
The increase in weight, which is inherent to the design of a convertible, has been limited through the use of a lightweight lithium-ion battery, AMG light-alloy wheels produced by means of a sophisticated forging process and the weight-optimized AMG high-performance composite brake system. In addition, large parts of the shell and the front section are made of aluminium, as is the vehicle’s rear end.
AMG 5.5-liter V8 biturbo engine: superior and efficient
In terms of maximum output, torque and fuel consumption, the AMG 5.5-liter V8 biturbo engine remains one of the most efficient series-produced V8 engines in the world. With an output of 577 hp and 664 lb-ft of torque, the AMG eight-cylinder engine meets the very highest standards. And the same goes for its performance: the S63 Cabriolet accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds and has a top speed of 186 mph (electronically limited).
The data at a glance:
|Mercedes-AMG S63 4MATIC Cabriolet|
at 5,500 rpm
|Peak torque||664 lb-ft
at 2,250 – 3,750 rpm
|Top speed||186 mph*|
* Electronically limited.
Exhaust system with automatic exhaust flaps
The S63 Cabriolet also adapts to the driver’s individual wishes in terms of its engine sound – from emotional and sporty to a more restrained alternative suitable for long journeys. The exhaust system has automatic logic-controlled exhaust flaps in both rear silencers. When the transmission is in “C” (Controlled Efficiency) mode, the flaps remain closed in most situations, in which case the eight-cylinder biturbo engine’s sound is more understated. In “S” (Sport) and “M” (Manual) modes, the exhaust flaps open earlier and more spontaneously, especially if the driver prefers a dynamic driving style. This results in an emotional, signature AMG engine sound.
“One man, one engine”: a tradition of hand-built excellence
The biturbo eight-cylinder engine of the S63 Cabriolet is fitted by hand in the hand-finishing section of AMG’s production plant in Affalterbach. Highly qualified engine fitters assemble the engines according to the strictest quality standards based on the “one man, one engine” philosophy. Apart from serving as an AMG hallmark confirming superlative precision and production quality, the AMG engine plate bearing the engine technician’s signature also alludes to the peerless DNA of Mercedes-Benz’s sports car and high-performance brand.
Individuality: AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed sports transmission
The AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed sports transmission combines perfectly with the V8 biturbo engine. Maximum agility and exciting dynamics are the two key strengths of this transmission, which is used exclusively at AMG. Drivers can configure their own personal set-up, depending on their driving style. There are three modes to choose from: “C” (Controlled Efficiency), “S” (Sport) and “M” (Manual).
The standard ECO start/stop function is activated in transmission mode “C”.
Performance-oriented AMG 4MATIC all-wheel drive
The combination of S-Class Cabriolet with performance-oriented AMG 4MATIC all-wheel-drive is exclusive to the AMG variant. The drive distributes 33 percent of the engine torque to the front axle and 67 percent to the rear axle. This rear-biased power distribution provides for the signature AMG high driving dynamics and superlative driving enjoyment, and improves acceleration in all driving situations, including from a standing start. The all-wheel drive also enhances driving safety on wet or wintry road surfaces.
AIRMATIC air suspension
The AMG specialists have also pulled out all the stops when it comes to the suspension: The S63 Cabriolet comes with the AIRMATIC full-support air suspension featuring the adaptive damping system ADS PLUS, which can be preset to “Sport” or “Comfort”. At the touch of a button, the special configurations of these two programs enable outstanding agility and dynamics or unlimited comfort on long journeys and smooth cruising at low speeds.
Specific front axle kinematics – including a higher camber, a larger anti-roll bar and a stiffer subframe carrier on the rear axle – have also been developed for the Cabriolet. The AMG-specific elastokinematics and parameterization of the continuously variable damper control, the lower air volume of the air suspension system and the progressive piston geometry nip unpleasant rolling and pitching in the bud.
It is also possible to raise the vehicle’s level by 1.2 inches (30 millimetres) on poor surfaces. The chassis is lowered again automatically in “Sport” mode and from a speed of 75 mph in “Controlled Efficiency” mode.
Systematic lightweight construction: AMG forged wheels available
Forged wheels are available as optional extras in the size 8.5 x 20 at the front and 9.5 x 20 at the rear, and these are fitted with 255/40 R 20 and 285/35 R 20 tires respectively. The 10-spoke design wheels are available in either silver or matte black.
Optional AMG high-performance ceramic composite brake system
Short stopping distances and rapid deceleration are a given for the S63 Cabriolet, which is equipped with a weight-optimized, fade-resistant high-performance composite brake system. A ceramic high-performance composite brake system is available as an option. The design, which is more than 20 percent lighter, ensures lower unsprung masses as well as enhanced driving dynamics, agility and ride comfort.
Design as an expression of sportiness and performance
The S63 Cabriolet also boasts exciting looks to emphasize its sporty performance: The design is a stage for the exciting technology at the heart of the new dream car. Numerous exquisitely designed aerodynamic elements underscore the outstanding driving dynamics: the front end is dominated by the three-dimensional “twin-blade” radiator grille in silver chrome. Under the radiator grille is the “A-wing”: this three-dimensional aerodynamic feature is painted in the body color and sports the stylized “A” that is a hallmark of AMG vehicles. Large, black flics surround the outer cooling air intakes. Down below, the front splitter in silver chrome optimizes the flow of air to the cooling modules. It also makes the vehicle appear closer to the road.
A similar effect is created by the side sill panels with their high-quality, three-dimensional inserts in silver chrome. Together with the lower feature line, these inserts make the S63 Cabriolet exude dynamism even when it is at a standstill.
At the rear, the diffuser insert in high-gloss black also catches the eye straight away. The lower trim element in silver chrome is reminiscent of the A-wing at the front and provides an effective contrast. The two chromed twin tailpipes of the exhaust system with sports flaps are perfectly integrated into the diffuser insert.
Interior: beguiling luxury and sporty exclusivity
Opening the door reveals the beguilingly luxurious interior of the S63 Cabriolet: the instrument panel almost seamlessly transitions into the doors in a wrap-around design. High-quality materials and fine workmanship are combined with a sporty, exclusive design idiom. The newly developed AMG sports seats with electrical adjustment, memory function and seat heating offer the driver and front passenger optimum lateral support.
The three-spoke sports steering wheel with its distinctively contoured rim and perforated leather in the grip area allows perfect vehicle control. Aluminium shift paddles shorten the reaction time when changing gear and enhance dynamism. Another feature displaying the hallmark AMG look is the high-resolution TFT color display as an instrument cluster with two animated round dials. In addition to the AMG-specific lettering and the needles in red/silver, further distinctive design features include the start-up display, the AMG logo in the speedometer with 200 mph scale and the “V8 BITURBO” lettering in the rev counter.
World premiere in 2015 and market launch in 2016
The S63 Cabriolet will have its world premiere at the Frankfurt International Motor Show. It will go on sale in the U.S. market in late spring.
At a Glance
|S550 Cabriolet||AMG S63 4MATIC Cabriolet|
|Engine||4.7-liter V8 biturbo engine||Hand-built AMG 5.5-liter V8 biturbo engine|
516 lb-ft torque
664 lb-ft torque
|0-60 (sec.)||4.5 sec||3.9|
Customer Availability & Pricing
- Mercedes-Benz S550 Cabriolet – Late spring 2016; Pricing TBA
- Mercedes-AMG S63 4MATIC Cabriolet – Late spring 2016; Pricing TBA
*Above prices exclude destination & delivery fee ($925 for current model year)
S-Class Cabriolet Standard Equipment Highlights:
- COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST PLUS
- MAGIC VISION CONTROL
- AIRMATIC Suspension System
- Burmester Surround Sound System
- Touchpad for COMAND System
- KEYLESS-GO with HANDS-FREE ACCESS
- Air Balance Package: Fragrance, ionization and filtration of air through the HVAC system
- PARKTRONIC with Active Parking Assist
- Full-LED Lighting with Adaptive Highbeam Assist
- Nappa Leather Upholstery
- Three-layer, tensioning-arm acoustic soft top that can open or close in less than 20 seconds
- Roll-over protection system featuring pyrotechnic initiation of the actuators for the first time
- AIRCAP automatic wind protection system
- AIRSCARF neck-level heating system
- Intelligent climate control system with 12 sensors and 18 actuators to help provide the ideal climate in all conditions
S-Class Coupe Optional Equipment Highlights:
- ENERGIZING massage function: Unique seat massage function based on the hot-stone principle (Optional on S550; Standard on S63)
- Head-up display (Optional on S550; Standard on S63)
- Burmester High-End 3D Surround System – 24 speakers, 1540 watts
- Warmth & Comfort Package: Heated steering wheel, heated front armrests, heated rear seats
- Driver Assistance Package: Active Lane Keeping Assist with additional functionality on slower/standing cars, crash barriers, overtaking cars, and oncoming traffic, DISTRONIC PLUS® with Steering Assist & BAS PLUS® with Cross-Traffic Assist, PRE-SAFE Brake with Pedestrian Recognition
- The S-Class Cabriolet is the world’s most comfortable convertible, offering a distinctive, sensual and exclusive design, the cutting-edge technology of the S-Class and a comprehensive warmth and wind protection concept that includes intelligent climate control for year-round enjoyment.
- Bentley Continental GTC
- BMW 6-Series
Safety Feature Highlights
- PRE-SAFE® Brake with pedestrian detection
- PRE-SAFE® PLUS for rear-end collision
- DISTRONIC PLUS with Steering Assist
- BAS PLUS with Cross-Traffic Assist
- Active Lane Keeping Assist
- Adaptive High-beam Assist
- Night View Assist Plus
- COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST PLUS
- ATTENTION ASSIST
- Surround View Camera
- Advanced roll-over protection system
A STAR RETURNS
The new S-Class Cabriolet
Stuttgart. Coveted dream car of the 1960s meets star of the 2015 International Motor Show in Frankfurt: the new Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabriolet is following in the tradition of the open-top S-Class (model series 111 and 112) from the period 1961 to 1971. Unmistakeable, exclusive design, fine materials with maximum high-class appeal in the interior and state-of-the-art technology in the S-Class characterise the concept behind both cabriolets.
“After 44 years we can again offer friends of our company an open variant of the S‑Class. The new S-Class Cabriolet symbolises our passion for individual and timelessly exclusive mobility, which we share with our customers,” remarks Ola Källenius, Board Member of Daimler AG, Mercedes-Benz Cars Sales.
With the new S-Class Cabriolet Mercedes-Benz is setting itself the standard of building the most comfortable cabriolet in the world. When it comes to climate comfort the enhanced automatic wind protection system AIRCAP, the AIRSCARF neck-level heating system, the heated armrests, the seat heating also in the rear plus the intelligent fully automatic climate control ensure that this is indeed the case.
The new S-Class Cabriolet is carrying the long and successful tradition of Mercedes-Benz luxury-segment cabriolets into the future. Even back in the 1920s the luxury cabriolets from Stuttgart combined the freedom of open-top motoring with the comfort and safety of a Mercedes-Benz Saloon. From the start of post-war production the top models from Mercedes-Benz were also available in the particularly exclusive variant as a cabriolet. These included the 170 S (W 136) from 1949, the 220 (W 187) from 1951 and the 300 S (W 188) from 1952.
After the “Ponton” cabriolets 220 S (W 180) and 220 SE (W 128) built from 1956 to 1960, in 1961 the 220 SE Cabriolet of the model series W 111 was launched, a particularly elegant, open-top four-seater, whose design is still considered timeless to this day. In this ten-year production period Mercedes-Benz offered five different models in these model series: the 220 SE, 250 SE, 300 SE (W 112), 280 SE and, as a late top model, the eight-cylinder 280 SE 3.5 – in total 7013 units of these five cabriolets were manufactured in Sindelfingen. For the time being there was no open-top luxury-segment car in the Mercedes-Benz model range to follow this generation: rather, it is the new SL from model series 107 which cultivated the tradition of open-top motoring in the Stuttgart brand’s cars – as a two-seater.
The cabriolets from Mercedes-Benz are today amongst the most sought-after classic cars – and the prices have developed accordingly. Examples of this are the cabriolets from model series 111 whose values are cited by the renowned American Hagerty Insurance’s price guide. In its estimation a 280 SE 3.5 from the final year of construction, 1971, in condition 2 today has a value of around 290,000 US$ – ten years ago the figure was some 115,000 US$. But that is by no means the pinnacle: for instance, a specimen of this model in excellent condition was auctioned last August by RM Auctions for 429,000 US$.
The last six-cylinder 280 SE model (1969) in the same condition is valued today by Hagerty at approx. 75,000 US$ – about 45,000 US$ ten years ago. Early 220 SE models are around the same level, with a current value of some 84,000 US$.
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