Along with the E-Class and the SLC-Class, Mercedes-Benz also launched the S65 AMG Cabriolet at the Detroit Motor Show 2016. We headed over to Mercedes’ booth to have a look at the car.
The latter gets the powerful 6.0-litre V12 biturbo engine that is also seen in the SL65 and G65 AMG models. It is the first time that Mercedes will offer a V12 in a four-seater convertible and the S65 will join the S550 and the S63 in the S-Class Cabriolet series. It’s worth pointing out that Mercedes considers the S-Class Cabriolet a competitor of the Bentley Continental GT, thus it makes sense for the company to offer a 12-cylinder variant (the S63 gets a V8).
That being said, the engine generates an astonishing 630 hp and 1000 Nm of torque, allowing the convertible to go from 0 to 100 km/h time in just 4.1 seconds. Despite the drop-top, the convertible has a similar performance to the coupe owing to lots of weight-reduction steps taken by Mercedes.
The luxury cabriolet’s transmission will feature three individual driving modes and the AMG Speedshift plus 7G-tronic transmission makes sure power is transmitted to the rear axle. The three individual driving modes comprise controlled efficiency (C), Sport (S) and Manual (M).