Luxurious four-seat S65 Cabriolet will go on sale in the UK in April following its debut at the Detroit motor show
11 January 2016

The Mercedes-AMG S65 Cabriolet has been revealed at the Detroit motor show.

Available to order in the UK from April, with deliveries beginning in the summer, the S65 Cabriolet receives the same upgraded twin-turbocharged 5.5-litre V12 as the recently introduced S65 Coupé.

Now assembled at parent company Mercedes-Benz’s factory in Mannheim rather than on site at AMG’s Affalterbach headquarters, the three-valve-per-cylinder powerplant produces 621bhp at 4800rpm along with 737lb ft between 2300 and 4300rpm.

The reserves are channelled to the rear wheels through a seven-speed automatic gearbox with three drive modes: Controlled Efficient, Sport and Manual. The car sits on standard 20in wheels shod with 285/35 tyres.

Despite carrying an extra 175kg brought on by the added bracing incorporated within its platform, Mercedes-AMG says the 2180kg S65 Cabriolet boasts the same 0-62mph time as the 2035kg S65 Coupé at 4.1sec.

This is 0.2sec slower than the 2110kg four-wheel drive-Mercedes-AMG S63 Cabriolet 4Matic, whose twin-turbocharged 6.2-litre V8 produces 577bhp and 663lb ft.

Top speed for the new AMG model is nominally limited to 155mph, although buyers can choose to raise it to 186mph with an optional Driver’s Package that includes uprated tyres. Combined cycle fuel consumption is put at 23.5mpg, with CO2 emissions rated at 272g/km.

The range-topping S65 Cabriolet is visually differentiated from other S-Class Cabriolet models through its more liberal use of chrome within the air ducts incorporated in the front bumper, a unique wheel design, V12 bi-turbo badges along the flank, a high gloss black diffuser, quad-trapezoidal shaped tailpipes and S65 identification at the rear.

The multi-layer fabric roof is available in black, dark blue, beige and dark red. It can be opened and closed on the move at speeds of up to 31mph, with the whole process taking a claimed 17sec.

Inside, the luxurious new four-seater receives Mercedes-Benz’s Aircap wind protection deflector, Airscarf heating elements in the backrests of the front seats and heated armrests among a raft of upmarket features, all of which are carried over from the S65 Coupé.

Pricing for the S65 Cabriolet is yet to be announced, although with the S65 Coupé already pitched at £183,075, it is expected to nudge the £200,000 mark when sales get under way.  

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14 December 2015
New fav Merc. Gorgeous stance. Wheels maketh the car, & here they resolve the potential incongruent aspects of the coupe's proportions.

14 December 2015
The perfect way to celebrate $35 oil but don't have the AirScarf too high. Plays havoc with the Syrup.

15 December 2015
A new height of vulgar is reached. Oh wait, this and the Bentley SUV. A tough choice.....

15 December 2015
papagomp wrote:
A new height of vulgar is reached. Oh wait, this and the Bentley SUV. A tough choice.....
Actually, your resentment is the new height of vulgarity.


15 December 2015
Winston Churchill wrote:
papagomp wrote:
A new height of vulgar is reached. Oh wait, this and the Bentley SUV. A tough choice.....
Actually, your resentment is the new height of vulgarity.
Sorry but I hold on to my thoughts despite Winston's reaction (thought he died some time ago, obviously back from the grave which is nice.) by way of clarification, I think the vulgarity of the car is in the detailing. I love the Mercedes AMG GT because the outside is so beautifully focused, simple, clean and muscular. This, like a lot of modern cars, has so many lines, creases, surface breaks, etc that what could be an elegant shape is ruined. Has nothing to do with resentment, everything to do with my view of the design. Look at the difference between the Range Rover and th Bentley SUV, it's about subtle tastefull elegance, it's the difference between the Rolls Royce Phantom and a Maybach (and I am sure the real Winston would have gone for the Rolls every time): elegance not bling. Unfortunately the £200 000 would not be enough to get my choice, an Aston DB4.

15 December 2015
I like your reply. Thanks for taking the time to explain. Glad to see your original comment was about your views of the car and not the usual predictable rubbish about the people that drive them which so many spout on here. I am sorry for judging you.


15 December 2015
papagomp wrote:
A new height of vulgar is reached. Oh wait, this and the Bentley SUV. A tough choice.....
I'm with Winston on this one. I can't see anything particularly vulgar about this car at all which in itself might be curse not a blessing. If I was spending 200K I'd probably want a bit of vulgarity thrown in so at least I could distinguish myself from those with cars lower down the food chain. This just looks like a very very nice car, but not a 200K one

XXXX's intellect just went POP!

15 December 2015
My neighbor has a Mercedes camper. Guy down the road does Uber with a Mercedes. Stop messing about and get me a Bentley.

15 December 2015
Will this be the first standard (ish) non supercar/Maybach Merc to reach 200K?? Would there have been any Merc's in the past as expensive if you took inflation into account?

XXXX's intellect just went POP!

15 December 2015
I think the old 600 Pullmans were pretty steep price wise.

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