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2016 Mercedes-AMG S 65 Cabriolet revealed; 1000Nm V12 drop-top

December 15, 2015

Following the reveal of the new Mercedes-AMG S 65 Coupe, the performance manufacturer has now unveiled the drop-top Cabriolet version.

2016 Mercedes-AMG S 65 Cabrio-roof down

If you’re after the pinnacle in automatic luxury and power, and all the headroom you could ever need, this is your car. Under the bonnet is a 6.0-litre twin-turbo V12 engine producing a whopping 463kW of power and 1000Nm of torque.

With this, it sits as one of the most powerful production convertibles on the market, promising immense acceleration and speed. Covering the 0-100km/h sprint takes just 4.1 seconds, with a potential top speed limited to 300km/h with the optional AMG Driver’s pack.

Even with such performance, the S 65 AMG is actually relatively efficient. It consumes 12L/100km on the combined cycle, with a power-efficiency ratio of 38.5kW per litre of average consumption.

2016 Mercedes-AMG S 65 Cabriolet-top

The mighty engine features an aluminium crankcase, forged crankshaft, multi-spark ignition, and an air-to-water intercooler. Each engine is assembled by hand, with the builder’s name stamped onto the unit.

Aside from the performance credentials the new S 65 Cabriolet comes with a pampering assortment of features and luxuries. A set of bespoke seats support passengers, wrapped in exclusive Nappa leather in a diamond-stitch pattern. An automatic wind protection system called AIRCAP makes for a pleasant open-top ride.

There’s also an AIRSCARF neck-level climate control system that gently blows heated air onto the neck, along with heated armrests, heated seats, and an intelligent climate control system that automatically adjusts when the roof is up or down.

Other standard features include LED lighting, a 360-degree camera, active parking, the full Driving Assistance package with Steering Assist and Stop&Go Pilot, and a Burmester high-end 3D surround sound audio system.

The new model arrives on the market in Europe in April. Mercedes Australia is yet to confirm local details but it is expected to arrive later in 2016.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.