The high-performance subbrand Mercedes-AMG has decided to grant us an early Christmas present and unveil a special take on the S Class Cabriolet – the S65 with V12 power under the hood.
This is the latest and arguably one of the most elegant members to join the growing family of the S Class and goes – thank God – against the latest trend to see everything downsized in terms of engines. It’s also going according to Daimler’s plans, which is going against the current and lifting production numbers of the mighty 6.0-liter unit. And Mercedes-AMG is delivering an early Christmas present to its followers by announcing the introduction of the S65 Cabriolet, complete with 621 hp (463 kW) and 738 lb-ft (1, 000 Nm) of torque. This power suffices to have the massive open-top S-Class jump to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 4.1 seconds and reach an electronically-limited maximum speed of 155 mph (250 km/h). Of course if you’re willing to stretch the limits of survivability you should be willing to pay more for the privilege so Mercedes-AMG is offering the optional AMG Driver’s Package that will lift the top speed limit to a still restricted 186 mph (300 km/h).
Naturally such an elegant V12 will only be mated to a comfortable automatic transmission, though in this case we have the specially tuned AMG SPEEDSHFIT 7G-TRONIC gearbox, sending the power to the equally-elegant multi-spoke 20-inch forged wheels that have a ceramic high-sheen coating and have been wrapped in 255/40 ZR 20 front and 285/35 ZR20 rear tires. Since we’re talking about a Cabriolet, the S65 also comes equipped with the AIRCAP wind protection system and the AIRSCARF neck-level heating system. By the way, to compliment the “V12 BITURBO” lettering on the wings and the high-sheen chrome inserts in the side skirts the fabric soft top can be had in black, dark blue, beige and dark red –with the interior lining completely in DINAMICA microfibre. Electro-hydraulically operated, it can be opened or closed up to speeds of 50 km/h in around 17 seconds, which is not very bad considering its relative size. Other goodies include the sport suspension reworked around the Airmatic system, the standard lithium-ion battery that saves around 20 kg and the optional ceramic high-performance composite braking system finished in grey and with optional red calipers. Expect order books to be opened in April, with first deliveries taking place from May 2016.