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Mercedes-AMG Introduces S65 Cabriolet at Detroit Auto Show

Mercedes-AMG Introduces S65 Cabriolet at Detroit Auto Show

By Philly Murtha, January 14, 2016

This week at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show, Mercedes-Benz and its performance racing division, AMG, showed off its most potent version of the high performance S-Class Cabriolet—the 2016 S65. The premium convertible will reach dealer showrooms late this summer.

The high-performance 4-seat convertible with a folding soft top is powered by a handcrafted, 6.0-liter, twin-turbocharged V-12 engine that produces from 621-630 horsepower and 738 lb.-ft. of torque. The AMG-made carbon-fiber-aluminum engine, manufactured in Mannheim, Germany, is partnered with a 7-speed automatic transmission that offers three driving modes—Comfort, Sport, and Manual. An eco-friendly start-stop function is activated in the Comfort (C) mode.

Acceleration for this S-Class 2-door is brisk—from 0 to 62 mph in 4.1 seconds, according to Mercedes. The automaker says the S65 Cabrio can reach 186 mph with the AMG Driver’s package, although Mercedes lists a top speed of 155 mph.

This ultimate convertible features sport suspension and an automatic wind-protection system in addition to neck-level heating, heated armrests, and intelligent climate control technology. The multi-layer acoustic fabric top that is lined in Nappa leather and microfiber is offered in four colors: black, dark blue, beige, and dark red. Electronic closing of the top takes just 17 seconds, according to Mercedes-Benz.

Inside the cabin, sport seats are covered in premium Nappa leather with a diamond pattern. Standard seat features include electric adjustment, memory function, and seat heating and cooling. More contoured seat cushions and backrests improve support when cornering at speed.

Standard equipment includes a head-up display with driving information and touchpad to operate the radio, phone, and navigation system, as well as infotainment functions. The latest safety technology systems are included with a 360-degree camera and include intelligent braking with pedestrian detection; steering, cross-traffic, and lane-keeping assist systems; adaptive lighting systems; collision prevention and warning assist; autonomous braking; and active park-assist.

Special AMG bits in this new S65 Cabrio include the instrument cluster that shows information on the engine and vehicle speed on a 12.3-in. display screen, along with other unique details including a rev counter. A Lithium-ion battery is standard, reducing the car’s weight by 44 lbs., Mercedes says. Ceramic, polished, forged wheels are another AMG design with classic sports car rims and AMG lettering.

The AMG Driver's package, standard in the U.S. market, includes the increased top speed of 186 mph (electronically limited). Performance, power, and the open air are combined characteristics of this 2016 model that will most likely retail above $225,000.

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