2019 Mercedes-Benz AMG S 63 Convertible

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2019 Mercedes-Benz AMG S 63 Convertible Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide


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Aayush Yadav Automotive Journalist Updated on: November 14, 2019


The S Class has been the benchmark for luxury synonymous with high end convertibles, coupes and full sized sedans. The S Class is a symbol of quality, power, and money. Drop-top, V8, AMG performance; three words that can get anyone heart racing. Mercedes has combined them, with the uber-luxury interior of the S-class and delivered the 2019 Mercedes-Benz AMG S63 Cabriolet 4MATIC+. The name is certainly a mouthful, but so is the list of comfort and safety features the Mercedes has crammed into the vehicle. The striking front grille and OLED headlights gives the car a fresh new look. It's distinct sleek curves take design cues from the Maybach Concept Cabriolet.

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Pros

Panamericana front grille

S class signature OLED rear lights

The fabric top has extreme sound deadening capabilities

Near-zero turbo lag

Cons

Aggressive Lane-Assist

Learning curve for the Infotainment system

What's New?

New Front Panamericana grille

Quicker 9-speed multi-clutch AMG SPEEDSHIFT

Smaller engine capacity

26 more horses under the hood


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$180100

bodystyle

2dr Convertible

passenger capacity

4

drivetrain

AWD

engine type

displacement

243 cu.in.

horsepower

603 hp @ 5500 rpm

torque

664 lbs.-ft @ 2750 rpm

transmission

9-speed shiftable automatic

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

Independent front multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

64.7/64.7

dimensions

wheelbase

115.9 in.

length

198.9 in.

width

75.3 in.

height

56 in.

curb weight

4817 lbs.

ground clearance

4.9 in.

capacity

cargo volume

7 cu ft.

payload capacity

992 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

4 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

15/18/24 mpg

highway range

506.4 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr. / 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

4 yr. / 50000 mi.

powertrain warranty

48 months. / 50000

corrosion warranty

4 yr. / 50000 mi.

roadside assistance

4 yr. / 50000 mi.


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Styles

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Ratings

Engine And Performance

8.0

Fuel Economy

6.5

Interior

9.0

Exterior

5.8

7.3

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2019 Mercedes-Benz AMG S 63 Convertible Base

Base

power
603 hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
18 combined

$180,100


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4MATIC 2dr Convertible AWD (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 9AM) Starting at $180,100 MSRP (15/18/24) 603 hp @ 5500 rpm, 4 L, V-8, premium unleaded (required)
9-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 4

Expert Review

7.3

Overall Rating


This 4-seater 2-door Cabriolet comes at a steep starting price of $179,500. The 2018 model saw an updated V8 engine- it was made smaller and revvs more freely. Even with focus on efficiency, it feels more responsive and has a jaw-dropping acceleration.

This niche category may have very few contenders, but the competition is fierce. The open-top GT from Aston Martin, 2019 DB11 Volante, and the convertible version of BMW’s formidable M6, put up a strong fight against the German Cabriolet. Let’s see how the S63 Cabriolet fares.

2019 Mercedes Benz Amg S63 Convertible front three quarters silver
2019 Mercedes Benz AMG S63 Convertible front three quarters
2019 Mercedes Benz Amg S63 Convertible rear three quarters silver
2019 Mercedes Benz AMG S63 Convertible rear three quarters

 

8.0/10
Engine and Performance

 

6.5/10
Fuel Economy

 

9.0/10
Interior

 

5.8/10
Exterior

 
 
 
 

2019 Mercedes-Benz AMG S 63 Convertible Features

The top-drop AMG cabriolet comes in two variants, the V8 powered S63 AMG Cabriolet and the monstrous 6.0 liter V12 powered S65 AMG Cabriolet. AMG has revamped the transmission in the S63, but the S65 still has the older 7-speed transmission. Astonishingly, the V8 powered younger brother has much better acceleration then the S65

Trim

AMG S63 Cabriolet

MSRP

$179,600

Key Features

Organic LED front and rear lights

 

AMG Performance 4MATIC+ all-wheel drive

 

9-speed multi-clutch AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT

 

AMG DYNAMIC SELECT

 

Twin 12.3-inch widescreens

 

20-inch AMG 5-spoke wheels

 

Quad AMG exhausts, Burmester Surround Sound system

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If you're looking for the ultimate S-class luxury with the power of an AMG engine in a drop-top body style, S63 is the perfect car for you. But, if you're willing to splurge, Mercedes exceeds all expectations with the lavish powerful beast, the S65 Cabriolet.

2019 Mercedes-Benz AMG S 63 Convertible Engine and Performance

8.0/10

Put your foot down at any speed to experience neck-snapping acceleration. The S63 is a rocket, even though the Cabriolet is significantly heavier than its sedan and Coupe siblings. -Motor1

The handcrafted 4.0 liter Bi-turbo 8-cylinder engine produces 603 horses and 664 lb-ft torque, directed to all four wheels with the help of Mercedes 4MATIC+ system. The twin parallel turbochargers produce virtually zero turbo lag and pressure losses, so that you get immediate power response even at low rpm.

The new quicker 9-speed multi-clutch transmission has a greater spread in lieu of the 2017 7-speed transmission. The top gear has been made taller for better fuel efficiency.

Models

Mercedes-Benz AMG S63 Cabriolet

Aston martin DB11 Volante

BMW M6 converitble

Maserati GranTurismo

MSRP

$179,500

$201,800

$122,300

$148,850

Engine

4.0L V8 Bi-turbo

4.0L V8 Twin-turbo

4.4L V8 turbocharged

4.7L V-8

Transmission

9-speed MCT

8-speed Automatic

7-speed twin-clutch automatic

6-speed automatic

Horsepower

603 hp @ 6000 rpm

503 hp @ 6000 rpm

560 hp @ 6000 rpm

454hp @ 7000 rpm

Torque

664 lb-ft @ 2750 rpm

498 lb-ft @ 2000 rpm

500 lb-ft @ 1500 rpm

384lb-ft @ 4750 rpm

Compared to that, its British cousin, the Aston Martin DB11 Volante borrows the V8 engine from the German Cabriolet, but de-tuned to get the distinct Aston Martin character. At the base price of $201,800, the Volante produces only 503 hp. But since it weighs about a 1000 lbs less than the S63 Cabriolet and looks absolutely captivating, the horsepower feels like an insignificant number.

The BMW M6 convertible is also a lower priced contender to the S63 Cabriolet, at a much lower price of $122,300. It's turbocharged 4.4 liter V8 produces 560 hp.

Acceleration

Even though the S63 Cabriolet weighs almost 5000 lbs, its acceleration is mind boggling. It can get to 60mph in a mere 3.1 seconds from a standstill and completes the quarter mile in 11.4 seconds.

Models

Mercedes-Benz AMG S63 Cabriolet

Aston martin DB11 Volante

BMW M6 converitble

Maserati GranTurismo

0-60 MPH

3.1 sec

3.7 sec

3.9 sec

4.9 sec

Quarter mile

11.4 sec

11.8 sec

12.3 sec

13.5 sec

Engine

4.0L

4.0L

4.4L

4.7L

Emission

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

10.3

N/A

11.0

11.7

In comparison to the Merc, the DB11 Volante and M6 convertible are leagues behind, with a much slower 0-60 time.

Ride and Handling

With the quiet mode on the active exhausts and the suspension in soft mode, the S-class feels like a lush and opulent ride with all the comforts and features of a premium luxury AMG. The Eco mode is perfect for daily city rides. The ECO start/stop feature turns off your engine whenever you stop to save your precious fuel.

But when the sport+ mode is switched on, the sleeping V8 awakens with a roar. The suspensions stiffen and the seat can be adjusted for optimum lumbar support in the corners. Driving with the roof down is an absolute bliss, because of the expletive exhaust note as cracks tumble from the quad exhaust.

Braking

To stop the car, AMG has given the S63 Cabriolet rigid 6-piston calipers in the front with compound perforated and slotted 15.4-inch discs. For higher brake endurance, the track-focused AMG ceramic compound brakes are a race-proven optional extra. The car comes to a halt from 70mph in just 160ft and can sustain forces of up to 0.93g.

Model

Mercedes-Benz AMG S63 Cabriolet

Aston martin DB11 Volante

BMW M6 converitble

Maserati GranTurismo

Brake Front (in.)

15.4

15.8

15.7

13.0

Brake Rear (in.)

15.2

15.7

15.6

13.0

Curb Weight (lbs.)

4975

4150

4250

4365

70-0 MPH (ft.)

160ft

N/A

N/A

 

Comparatively, both the DB11 Volante and M6 convertible have a much lower curb weight, which translates to a better and shorter stopping distance.

2019 Mercedes-Benz AMG S 63 Convertible Fuel Economy

6.5/10

The Convertible Mercedes claims an adequate highway cruising mileage of 24 mpg, but subsequent tests have shown city driving economy as low as 14 mpg which would burn a hole through your pockets. The taller top gear and shorter first gear improves the overall engine efficiency and results in a better economy compared to 2017 model.

Model

Mercedes-Benz AMG S63 Cabriolet

Aston martin DB11 Volante

BMW M6 converitble

Maserati GranTurismo

MPG (city)

15

15

14

13

MPG (highway)

24

21

20

20

MPG (combined)

18

17

16

15

2019 Mercedes-Benz AMG S 63 Convertible Interior

9.0/10

When it comes to exquisite automotive interiors, you can put the S-Class in the top-5 category, and that includes its sinister AMG siblings. Leather, wood and sumptuous seating designs impress from the moment the door swings open, followed by the fragrance put forth by the Air Balance system. The standard 12.3-inch infotainment screen and matching digital instrument cluster further distinguish the AMG S-Class cars. -KelleyBlueBook

Seating and Comfort

Draped in sumptuous leather, the lavish interior of the S63 Cabriolet exudes luxury and extravagance. The 12-way adjustable memory seats can be customized precisely for the ultimate driving experience.

The adjustable lumbar support and active side bolsters called the Magic Body Control, which can be set to increase support while cornering to prevent lateral movement. There are six massage options, worthy of being compared to a high-end spa. The AIRSCARF neck-level heating system with 3 stage temperature controls keep you snug, even when cruising with the top down.

As a part of the elite S-class, the Cabriolet comes equipped with the Mercedes signature Air Balance fragrance system, which diffuses the fragrance through the air vents at regular intervals. Additionally, heated steering, front and rear seats are standard.

Model

Mercedes-Benz AMG S63 Cabriolet

Aston martin DB11 Volante

BMW M6 converitble

Maserati GranTurismo

Passenger capacity

4

2+2

4

4

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

42.1/59.7/41.4

N/A

40.3/56.9/42.1

40.2/54.2/41.7

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

39.2/59.1/43

N/A

36.5/49.6/30.5

34.3/52.1/30.1

Infotainment System

The infotainment systems in the S63 Cabriolet outshines the competition by a large margin. The enormous twin-12.3-inch high definition center display blends seamlessly with the instrument cluster. It is entirely customizable and intuitive for the driver via a touchpad controller and touch controls on the steering. The user can choose instrumentation styles based on the driving mode from the AMG DYNAMIC SELECT.

For the utmost auditory experience, the FrontBass system with twin under-dash subwoofers and the Burmester Surround Sound system, with 13 high-quality speakers and a 590-watt 9-channel digital amplifier come standard in the S-class Cabriolet.

Interior Features

  • With 13 high-quality speakers and a 590-watt 9-channel digital amplifier
  • AIRSCARF neck-level heating system
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Electronic trunk closer
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Burmester Surround Sound system
  • FrontBass system
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Android Auto

Trunk Volume

The trunk volume of the S63 Cabriolet reduces significantly with the top down, from a decent 12cu ft to an appalling 7cu ft. On the other hand, the M6 convertible has a relatively larger trunk space at 10.6cu ft with the roof down. Even the DB11 Volante has a larger storage space.

Model

Mercedes-Benz AMG S63 Cabriolet

Aston martin DB11 Volante

BMW M6 convertible

Maserati GranTurismo

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

12/7

10

N/A

6.1

2019 Mercedes-Benz AMG S 63 Convertible Exterior

5.8/10

...AMG versions cut more deeply toward the road with a jet-like lower fascia and big air intakes. In profile, the S-Class blends a fair amount of formality with an athletic stance and plenty of eye-catching details. In particular, today's S-Class has subtle stampings and curves in its door panels that draw our eyes back to the rear end; former S-Class cars have looked more fussy and upright and less eager to drive.

Dimensions and Weight

The S63 Cabriolet is huge like a yacht. It weighs close to 5000 lbs and is more than 16.5 feet long. Despite the looks, it feels nimble and agile. The new Panamericana grille with the vertical slats adds to the aggressive looks.

It can be optioned with either a night package or a chrome package for darkened or chrome accents. The convertible roof is a liberally padded cloth top, which takes 20 seconds to fold even while driving at a speed of 37 mph.

Model

Mercedes-Benz AMG S63 Cabriolet

Aston martin DB11 Volante

BMW M6 converitble

Maserati GranTurismo

Curb weight (lbs.)

4975

4150

4250

4365

Length(in)

198.9

186.6

193.0

194.2

Width(in)

75.3

76.4

74.8

75.4

Height(in)

55.6

50.4

54.1

52.9

Ground clearance (in)

N/A

4.7

4.2

5.0

Wheelbase (in)

115.9

110.4

112.2

115.8

Track width (in) F/R

63/63.2

N/A

64.2/63.5

62.4/62.6

The S63 Cabriolet has a total length of 198.9 inches and a width of 75.3 inches. Meanwhile the DB11 Volante is much wider, with M6 convertible having a slimmer profile. At 55.6 inches height with the roof on, the S63 has a notably taller height compared to its counterparts.

Exterior Features

  • New Panamericana front grille
  • Iconic Organic LED front and rear lights
  • 20-inch AMG 5-spoke wheels
  • Floating front apron
  • Chrome chin spoiler
  • Redesigned side skirts
  • Quad AMG exhausts

2019 Mercedes-Benz AMG S 63 Convertible Safety

The Cabriolet has been filled to the brim with safety features by Mercedes-Benz, to keep you feeling safe and secure while you cruise down the highway or speed through the back roads. Some of the highlights include:

  • 3-stage Electronic Stability Program (ESP)
  • AMG Adaptive Sport Suspension based on AIRMATIC
  • Adaptive Damping System PLUS
  • AMG Performance 4MATIC+ all-wheel drive
  • Blind Spot Assist
  • Lane Keeping Assist
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
  • Pop-up roll bars
  • 10 air bags
  • Advanced Tire Pressure Monitoring System

2019 Mercedes-Benz AMG S 63 Convertible Competition

Aston Martin DB11 Volante

The British convertible is widely regarded as the pinnacle of design and performance. Its a head turner and the brutal exhaust note rivals even the loudest Italian beasts. It's improved structural rigidity and handles much better than the S63 Cabriolet. The Aston Martin engineers have managed to keep a decent trunk space even with the roof folded down.

Although it has as amusingly small rear leg room compared to the S63 Cabriolet, The DB11 Volante is a proper long-distance GT cruiser with perfect proportions, worthy of the steeper price tag.

BMW M6 Convertible

The M6 is a great convertible by BMW M division which, akin to the AMG, is the Motorsport division of BMW. At a significantly lower price, the BMW has presented a daunting contender to the S63 AMG Cabriolet. As typical of any M-car, the, M6 inherits the DNA of delivering sheer driving pleasure.

The M6 convertible is highly practical and fun to kick out the rear end around corners. The comfort features may not rival the plush interior of the Merc, but the price difference can justify the lack thereof.

Maserati GranTurismo

It's been almost a decade since the GranCabrio was introduced, over the years there have changes to and now there are cars which are priced lesser and outperform the Maserati GranCabrio. And Maserati is in need of upgrading their GranTurismo line-up to meet the modern standards. No doubt that the GranTurismo Convertible still manages to captivate people with its opulent looks and exhilarating sound. But let's face the truth, your money would be better spent elsewhere.

2019 Mercedes-Benz AMG S 63 Convertible Final Verdict

The 2019 Mercedes-Benz AMG S63 Cabriolet ousts its rivals with better performance, even better than the S65, and state-of-the-art features. The interior is futuristic and functional. The roaring twin-turbocharged V8 delivers power in an instant, while the plush leather seats keep you snug and comfortable. The mammoth size has an imposing presence on the streets, yet the car feels agile and fun to drive. The S63 Cabriolet is the best 4-seater luxury convertible that you can buy.