By Stewart Smith on 2017-12-14 - Stewart was the former motoring editor of the Coventry Telegraph and is now a freelance contributor to Eurekar. He is based in Scotland and specialises in First Drive reviews.
OPEN-top motoring fans with an eye to luxury can look forward to the spring to get behind the wheel of the latest S-Class Mercedes Cabriolet, which has a starting price of £115,910 for the S 560 AMG Line.
And for those looking for the ultimate in high performance cabriolets from the German car maker they can shell out for the Mercedes-AMG S 63 available from £140,610 or the AMG S 65 costing £197,510.
In line with the S-Class Coupe range, the S 560 replaces the outgoing S 500, and introduces a new 4.0-litre biturbo V8 petrol engine which produces 469bhp and 700Nm of torque, and is mated to a nine-speed automatic gearbox.
It has an electronically limited top speed of 155mph, and can sprint from 0 to 62 mph in just 4.6 seconds. Emisions are rated at 204g/km with an official fuel return of 31.4mpg.
The AMG S 63 uses AMG's hand-built 4.0-litre twin-turbo petrol engine generating 612bhp and has 900Nm powering the rear wheels hooked up to the AMG Speedshift MCT 9G-Tronic nine-speed gearbox.
It emits 225 g/km of CO2 and Mercedes claim it can achieve up to 28.8 mpg.
The AMG S 65 Cabriolet a 6.0-litre V12 petrol engine with an output of 630bhp and astonishing torque of 1,000Nm, emitting 272g/km and delivering 23.5mpg.
Both AMG cars are electronically limited to a top speed of 155 mph, unless specified with an optional AMG Driver's package which raises the top speed to 186 mph.
The S 560 - only available in AMG Line trim - comes as standard with high-tech gear including wireless phone charging, air suspension, 12.3-inch dual-bonded widescreen cockpit and infotainment display, intelligent light system, keyless go comfort package, including remote boot opening, electrically adjustable seats and steering wheel, ventilated seats, Burmester surround sound system; Android Auto and Apple CarPlay and 19-inch alloy wheels.
The S 63 adds a seat comfort package - including massage function - an AMG sports exhaust system, AMG sports suspension, sports seats finished in Nappa leather, AMG Panamericana grille and 20-inch alloy wheels.
The S 65 comes as standard with the all-new Mercedes Energizing Comfort package which enhances the feel of the cabin, night view assistance, a surround view camera system, head-up display, a Burmester high-end surround sound system and an advanced lighting system complete with Swarovski crystals.
The Driving Assistance package - standard on S 63 and S 65 - is optionally available for an additional Â£2,580 on the S 560. This includes extra driving aids such as active blind spot and lane keeping and a route-based speed adaptation system which enables the vehicle to slow down for upcoming junctions, roundabouts and toll roads.
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