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Extravagance and Performance: 2018 Mercedes-AMG S65 Cabriolet Test

The new S-Class lineup is some of our favorite luxury vehicles on the market right now. Especially when it comes to the S-Class Coupe and the S-Class Convertible. They just have such a powerful presence on the road, and with AMG in the mix, you’re left with something that started out gorgeous and wound up looking  absolutely marvelous.

We recently spent some time with the all-new 2018 Mercedes-AMG S65 Cabriolet, and first of all, this drop top isn’t a cheap car by any means. Prices start at $250,900 which puts it into a category of cars that compete with the likes of the Bentley Continental GT. So let’s find out why this luxurious convertible is worth commands such a steep cost of entry.

2018 Mercedes-AMG S65 Cabriolet

2018 Mercedes-AMG S65 Cabriolet Exterior

There is no doubt that the Mercedes-AMG S65 Cabriolet is absolutely stunning. The front end is highlighted by what the brand calls the ‘Panamericana grille, which is the new face of AMG, and pays tribute to the legendary 300SL that won the 1952 Panamericana road race. It consists of 14 vertical chrome bars, and wow, does it look excellent. Also exclusive to the new 2018 Mercedes-AMG S65 Convertible are the chrome mesh screens in the deep front apron. They sparkle when the light hits them, and the effect is  wonderful. One interesting fact? The 2018 Mercedes-AMG S65 Convertible has no lightbulbs. The front headlamps and rear taillights consist of nearly 200 LEDs, and it’s these kinds of details that really make you appreciate this giant drop-top — even though it costs as much as a house.

The 2018 Mercedes-AMG S65 comes in a variety of beautiful color combinations. Pictured here is our personal favorite – Anthracite Blue Metallic. The Designo color options will run you a little extra, starting with the $795 Diamond White Metallic. It jumps up significantly from there with the $2,300 Mocha Black Metallic, $3,950 Matte Allanite Grey Magno, or the $3,950 Matte Cashmere White Magno. For the soft top, you have the choice of Black, Beige, Dark Red, or Dark Blue.

Another unique exterior design element on the Mercedes-AMG S65 Cabriolet is the OLED tail lamps. According to Mercedes-Benz, the system consists of “thin layers of organic materials that are printed on a glass plate and made to illuminate.” Each tail lamp has a total of 33 OLEDs that give the illusion of floating lights inside the light assembly. There is also an awesome animated light sequence that plays when you lock and unlock the S65.

No discussion of the 2018 Mercedes-AMG S65 Cabriolet would be complete without discussing its size. It’s notably long, and one of the longest convertibles on the market right now. Sitting on a wheelbase measuring 115.9-inches, the overall length comes in at 199-inches. To put that in perspective, that’s just two inches shorter than the Mercedes-Benz GLS SUV.

2018 Mercedes-AMG S65 Cabriolet

2018 Mercedes-AMG S65 Cabriolet Interior

Take a seat inside the 2018 Mercedes-AMG S65 Cabriolet, and you’ll be welcomed into the lap of luxury. Of course, every panel, button, and dial is of the highest quality. We’d also like to point out here that unlike the exterior paint jobs, the interior color choices will cost you $0. However, once you start going through the interior trims – you’ll start seeing the price hikes. For example, the designo Black Piano Lacquer “Flowing Lines” wood pictured here is am $800 option. The most expensive trim is the AMG carbon fiber/Black Piano Lacquer wood which costs $3,700.

Let’s talk about some comfort and convenience options. Since the Mercedes-AMG S65 Cabriolet has an Earth-shattering starting price of $250,900, most of the tech and comfort and convenience options are standard. Some of those comfort and convenience features include 12-way power memory heated and cooled front seats with massaging functionality, AIRSCARF neck heating system, heated rear seats, dual-zone climate control, heated front armrests, heated steering wheel, soft close doors, and designo Exclusive Nappa leather upholstery. One of the very few optional extras we would recommend is the $500 AMG Nappa/DINAMICA Performance steering wheel, because it looks and feels amazing.

Standard tech options include a 12.3-inch high-res display, 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster display, a Burmester High-End 3D sound system, navigation, Bluetooth with audio streaming, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, wireless charging pad, dual USB ports, and much more. Optionally, you can get the AMG heads-up display and the 4G LTE WiFi hotspot. All safety and advanced driver assist tech features are standard.

Size wise, front passengers enjoy 41.4-inches of legroom and rear passengers enjoy 43-inches.

2018 Mercedes-AMG S65 Cabriolet

2018 Mercedes-AMG S65 Cabriolet Performance

Weighing in at 4,971 pounds, the 2018 Mercedes-AMG S65 Cabriolet is a very heavy and large vehicle. So it carries a massive twin-turbo V12 engine under the hood, and its good for 621 horsepower.

While that power may make you believe that this is a sports car, Mercedes-AMG S65 Cabriolet is actually more of a cruiser for the very wealthy. Of course, it handles superbly well and the exhaust note from the V12 is enough to put a smile on anyone’s face — but if you’re looking for sharper performance and a quicker zero to 60 time – you should go for the Mercedes-AMG S63 Cabriolet. The S63 Cabriolet is powered by a 4.0L twin-turbo V8 making 603-hp and has a 0 to 60 mph time of 3.4 seconds. The Mercedes-AMG S65 Cabriolet, on the other hand, goes from 0 to 60 mph in 4 seconds with a top speed of 186 mph.

Fuel economy for the 2018 Mercedes-AMG S65 Cabriolet comes in at an EPA-rated 14/21 mpg* (city/highway).

2018 Mercedes-AMG S65 Cabriolet

2018 Mercedes-AMG S65 Cabriolet Safety

The 2018 Mercedes-AMG S65 Cabriolet also comes with a long list of standard safety and driver assist features including adaptive cruise control, brake assist, lane keep assist, lane change assist, surround view camera system, night vision mode, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and much much more.

2018 Mercedes-AMG S65 Cabriolet Overall

Overall, driving the 2018 Mercedes-AMG S65 Cabriolet is an unforgettable experience. A Mercedes-Benz at this price level clearly exhibits how far the brand can push extravagance and performance. If you happened to be in the market of buying an extremely expensive vehicle that will leave an impression on you every single day, visit your local AutoNation-affiliated Mercedes-Benz dealership for a test drive.

*Based on EPA mileage ratings. Your mileage will vary depending specific vehicle trim, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.

**MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.

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