Mercedes-AMG has pulled the covers from its S 65 Cabriolet, joining the S 65 sedan and Coupe at the top of the AMG S-Class range.
Three months has passed since the regular S-Class Cabriolet was unveiled, and the S 65 version brings much of the same performance as the AMG S-Class Coupe.
Power comes from a 6.0 litre bi-turbo V12 engine producing 463kW and a stump-pulling 1000Nm, matched with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
The transmission features three driving modes - Sport, Manual or ‘Controlled Efficiency’ - with the latter mode also featuring a stop-start system.
The 0-100km/h sprint is over in 4.1 seconds; the S 65 topping out at an electronically-controlled 250km/h. Fuel consumption is rated at 12.0 l/100km, which AMG says is “significantly more economical than all of its rivals”.
Part of the fuel economy claim can be attributed to the battery which is a lithium-ion unit, and this alone saves more than 20kg over a regular battery.
If 250 kays is too slow, the AMG Driver’s package will lift top speed to 300km/h. Driving enthusiasts can also opt for an optional ceramic high-performance composite brake system.
The wheels are 20-inch in diameter but are wider at the rear, and they contact the road surface via Benz’s Airmatic suspension from the regular S-Class.
Inside, there’s seating for four with automatic wind protection and the ‘Airscarf’ neck-level heating system found in the S-Class cabriolet, along with heated armrests and ‘intelligent’ climate control.
Interior trim is naturally adorned in nappa leather and Dinamica microfibre materials, and the roof is a multi-layered acoustic soft-top available in dark blue, black, dark red or beige. The roof can be opened or closed in around 17 seconds at speeds of up to 50km/h.
"The customer base for our V12 biturbo engine expects the ultimate in every respect,” Mercedes-AMG Chairman, Tobias Moers, said.
“That is why we are offering a four-seater high-performance convertible with this legendary power unit for the first time. The new S 65 Cabriolet sets benchmarks for all relevant criteria: top performance, a breathtaking driving experience and exquisite appointments.”
Other standard equipment for the S 65 Cabriolet includes the LED Intelligent Light System, a 360-degree camera, parking assist, 3D sound system, the Driving Assistance Package Plus, and keyless entry.
The order books for overseas markets open in April next year for deliveries commencing in May. The 2016 Mercedes-AMG S 65 Cabriolet is heading to Australia, but local timing, pricing and specifications are yet to be confirmed.
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