The world is full of excitement about the new generation of luxury and technology that Mercedes-Benz is pushing into the world. And rightly so, because that sounds like a wonderful thing. However, it will take a while for these innovations to permeate the entire S line. The coupes and convertibles will take some time to complete, and the power variants of these will last the longest. So it will likely be a year or more before we get a replacement for the stately animal you see here.
- Clean, modern look
- Opulent interior
- Tectonic thrust
I do not like it
- I pay for it
- The summer is coming to an end
That’s fine because this is still a remarkable car. It’s the 2020 Mercedes-AMG S63 Cabriolet, and what it lacks in face recognition technology and voice support in the back seats it more than makes up for with a 603 hp V8 and is one of the most opulent interiors to be found on this side of the QE2. But, you may be asking yourself, isn’t that all a bit much for a two-door convertible? The answer is yes, yes, it is.
The twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 from Mercedes is so common in the brand’s cars, and indeed it isthat it’s easy to ignore. That would be a mistake because here it puts out 603 horsepower across all four wheels, enough to get this 4,888 pound luxury Bruiser to 60 mph in just 3.4 seconds. That’s incredibly fast – 0.6 faster than the S65 with V12 drive. Claimed fuel economy is 15 miles per gallon in the city and 24 MPG on the highway, although I only see 13.6 MPG on most of the country roads on my … somewhat aggressive tour.
Choose the coupe or convertible and you’ll get the same power and (electronically limited) top speed of 300 km / h, though the droptop flavor comes with an extra 203 pounds of ballast – plus a $ 12,100 premium. The fabric top can be moved up or down in just 20 seconds at the push of a button and can dance at a speed of up to 60 km / h. That was a blessing for me when my last ride with the S63 went from sunny skies to heavy downpours in no time at all. I didn’t even have to stay too far below the speed limit to protect myself a little.
This large engine is equipped with a nine-speed dual clutch transmission and 4Matic Plus all-wheel drive from AMG. This rear preload system only sends power to the front when necessary. Given that there is a lot of power involved, while it is often needed, this redistribution is never abrupt, never really apparent.
15.4-inch front brake rotors are compressed by six-piston calipers, while an optional set of 16.5-inch carbon-ceramic stoppers are available for those who want their jumps to be a bit top-down are more aggressive.
Everything is controlled by a range of safety and stability systems that are grouped together in a range of AMG Dynamic Select driving modes. Switch from Comfort to Sport and Sport Plus to racing, and the car will become increasingly aggressive. If none of them fully meet your needs, Individual is your ticket.
Sitting behind the wheel of the S63 Cabriolet for the first time is a bit overwhelming – especially when the car is covered in the various designo elements you see here. The whole thing just sweeps around you like a cathedral hugs a pipe organ, and once you’re out and about you can find that the AMG exhaust has been just as precisely tuned.
The S63 is as loud and raw as most turbocharged cars aren’t, but of course, the muted courtesy is just a push of a button away. In fact, an awful amount of things are just a push of a button away because this interior is absolutely full of things.
With more and more cars burying functions in submenus of touchscreens, this S63 proudly displays its many and varied functions with discreet, deliciously tactile input everywhere. After a week behind the wheel, I still found new ones and often marveled at their function and location. For example, on the dashboard there is a button for switching the night vision system. However, the headlight controls are awkwardly located under the dash. The controls to drop the top? They are hidden in the armrest.
Don’t get me wrong, although the placement of these buttons leaves something to be desired at times, I’m still a fan of tactility and I appreciate Mercedes’ wanton feasting of the physical controls. For better or for worse, much of it will go away in the next generation. Go away too? The COMAND infotainment system. It supportsand Fortunately, compared to Mercedes-Benz’s new sharpness, it’s overall rather clunky. .
From the front to the back, from the leather covering of the armrest embossed with Affalterbach to the Dinamica headliner, the materials of the S63 are excellent and the comfort is high. Legroom in the back seat is modest, but otherwise there is no bad seat in the house. Even at high speed, the rear passengers can have a casual conversation without screaming. This is aided by not one, but two popup screens that prevent buffeting and keep my baseball cap where it belongs.
Even so, the front is undoubtedly the best place to enjoy a massage, enjoy the signature AMG # 63 scent wafting from the vents, and in general appreciate everything the Energizing Comfort System has to offer.
However, if all you wanted to do was blow, you probably wouldn’t have ridden the S63 in the first place.
The S63 Cabriolet is almost as good as a cosseting chariot as the rest of the S-Class. Thanks to the 20-inch wheels with the performance-oriented front 255 / 40R20 and 285, his comfort chops are only required on broken asphalt / 35R20 rear tires. There’s a bit more wind and road noise than on the hardtop, but honestly, you’d barely notice it without nudging the headliner.
What is obvious, however, is the incredible amount of power that is available to you. I already mentioned the insane 603 horsepower available at 5,500 rpm. What I didn’t mention is the incredible 664 pound-feet of torque at just 2,750 rpm. This is a tsunami of violence that is propelling this big car. The insane, crackling excitement of the engine only makes it more meaningful.
The active air suspension of the S63 and the dynamic cornering assistant (which brakes the inner rear wheel when cornering) also contribute to engaging. However, when some big performance cars like the Porsche Panamera feel like they’re breaking the laws of physics with ease, the AMG S63 seems to get them out of the way instead. Maybe it’s the lack of rear-wheel steering, or maybe just the suspension setup, but that doesn’t make this any less of an effective tool on your favorite roads.
What does this thrill cost you? Fasten the seat belt as things will get expensive soon. The 2020 Mercedes-AMG S63 starts at $ 184,495, including $ 995. That gets you in the field, but you’ll certainly want to tick a few more boxes before you get started. Which boxes? Well, $ 2,250 for the driver assistance package is a must, and the Burmester sound system is so good that I wouldn’t stick with the $ 6,400 price tag. I could forego the $ 2,260 night vision package that came with my test car, and as nice as the Designo features are, $ 12,700 for the leather alone is a bit tough to take. The $ 7,500 for this amazing deep green color is a bargain, however.
I’m not going to spend too much time going through the options as this isn’t actually a car that a typical buyer will break a sweat on such fiduciary details. Suffice it to say that the car you see here, as configured, costs $ 227,005feel like a bargain. For the privileged few who can manage the entry fee, the additional performance of the AMG S63 is an outstanding package – regardless of the weather.