V8 and V12 power, all with the wind in your hair.
The Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe isn't the only grand tourer making its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show this month; the lovely and opulent Cabriolet will also be on hand, showing off its freshened face and updated family of engines. If you like what you see on the refreshed coupe, you'll be just as happy with the convertible.
Here's a look at the full 2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabriolet lineup, which goes on sale in the U.S. in mid-2018. Stay tuned for pricing information sometime next year.
2018 Mercedes-Benz S560 Cabriolet
- The S560 uses Mercedes’ updated 4.0-liter biturbo V8, with 463 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque, mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission.
- Unlike the S560 Coupe, the Cabriolet is only available with rear-wheel drive. The hardtop, remember, can only be had with 4Matic all-wheel drive.
- Hitting 60 miles per hour takes 4.5 seconds, on its way to a top speed of 130 mph (electronically limited, of course).
- All of the new interior and exterior changes from the coupe carry over. Cabriolet-specific updates like the Aircap wind deflector and Airscarf neck warmer are available on the full S-Class Cabriolet range, as they were before.
- Optional extras on the S560 Cabriolet include the latest Driver Assistance System with semi-autonomous capabilities and Mercedes’ excellent Magic Body Control stability system.
2018 Mercedes-AMG S63 Cabriolet
- Speed freaks, this is the S-Class Cabriolet to get. The S63 comes with AMG’s 4.0-liter biturbo V8, tuned to 603 hp and 664 lb-ft, with a AMG Speedshift nine-speed dual-clutch transmission.
- You want straight-line speed? How about 0-60 in 3.4 seconds and a limited top speed of 186 mph.
- This is the only S-Class Cabriolet that’s available with all-wheel drive. 4Matic is standard on the S63 Cab.
- You get the same performance upgrades as the AMG S63 coupe, including the AMG Track Pace app, performance exhaust, sport Airmatic suspension, larger brakes, and 20-inch wheels.
- Different 20-inch wheels can be had as an option. Carbon ceramic brakes are optional, as well.
2018 Mercedes-AMG S65 Cabriolet
- The most expensive S-Class Cabriolet, the AMG S65 returns packing biturbocharged V12 power – 621 hp and 738 lb-ft, to be exact, with a seven-speed automatic transmission keeping it all in check.
- But remember, big power doesn’t mean best performance. The AMG S65 is slower to 60 mph than the S63 – 4.0 seconds, compared to 3.4. The S65 tops out at the same electronically limited 186 mph, too.
- Once again, the V12 engine can only be had with rear-wheel drive. If you want 4Matic, better get the S63.
- Compared to the S63, the S65 gets you unique 20-inch wheels and a slightly different front end design. All of the S63’s performance goodies carry over, as do all of the optional extras.