This week I bring you a real beauty! I have the 2019 Mercedes Benz AMG S63 Cabriolet, a 200-plus thousand dollar ragtop.
This car features a hand-made engine from AMG, the performance division of Mercedes. Since 1967, this division has made some of the greatest and fastest engines found anywhere in the world.
So, let’s get right to what’s under the hood. It is a 4.0-liter V8 Bi-turbo that produces an incredible 603-horses and 664-pound feet of torque. It is mated to a 9-speed shiftable transmission, and my tester is all-wheel drive.
This combination will take you from 0-to-60 miles per hour in just over 3 seconds, and top speed is limited to 155 miles per hour. In a straight stretch of abandoned highway, I got it up to 112, and the amazing thing was it was only turning 3800 RPM. Red line is 7000. It wasn’t even breaking a sweat and had a lot left.
The S63 is attractive on the outside with a low, wide, and aggressive stance. There is a heavily-vented grill with front spoiler, and also a rear spoiler and dual exhaust that add to the sleek looks. This car has the 20” AMG wheels, and you can’t miss the huge red brake calipers.
When you open the large door of the S63, you see a crafted interior that exudes pure luxury and the front seats look more like high dollar recliners than car seats. My tester has a beautiful white interior with quilted seats that are heavily bolstered. Beautiful magnolia wood with inlaid lines flow from the door panels all the way across the dash.
There are two 12.3-inch LED screens mounted side by side, but it looks like one huge screen. The gauges on the left half of the screen are easy to read and there are three choices to make the left gauge cluster look different. Between those is a driver info center that operates from the AMG flat bottom, heated steering wheel.
There are a number of buttons on the center console, including the Dynamic ride control switch that takes you from Eco, to Comfort, to Sport to Sport Plus, and finally Race mode. In race, you can record your lap times and data. The different modes change the ride, handling, steering, transmission shifts, and exhaust sound, and the differences are nothing short of remarkable.
Also on the center console you can turn on the amazing performance exhaust, turn OFF the auto start/stop system, and lock out the transmission from shifting itself, forcing you to use the shift paddles.
There is a large round knob on the console that controls the Comand system, which runs everything on the second and right side 12.3” high resolution screen.
Over the knob is a touchpad that works in conjunction with the knob to operate through all the systems, like navigation, radio, media, Bluetooth, the apps, and controls the car and system settings.
One cool feature is called the Energizing Comfort system that combines the climate control, air fragrance, ambient lighting, audio, and massaging driver seat and heated armrests. You can select from 10-minute programs and enjoy physical benefits accompanied by cabin lighting and music. If you have your own music loaded into the COMAND system, it will choose one of your songs but only if the beat matches.
The Burmeister 3D sound system is spectacular, and the speakers in the door are beautiful. The S63 has good headroom, especially in the front seat. Mercedes makes it easy to get into the back seat with power sliding front seats, and there is decent legroom, especially for a convertible. The contoured two-person back seat has a fold down console and air conditioning vents, along with a USB port.
Standard Equipment and Options
My S63 review car comes loaded with popular features like keyless entry, collision prevention, blind spot monitoring, lane keeping assist, a head-up display, road sign recognition, and active parking assist. It also has heated and cooled massaging seats, soft close doors, and a popup air screen behind the front seats.
This beauty has $25,000 in options, the most notable are the $1750 Swarovski Crystal headlights, $2260 for a night vision camera, the AMG wheels are $1700, the sound system is $6400, the Driver Assistance package runs $2250, and the Matte white paint is $3950. The paint, by the way, is absolutely beautiful on this car.
Fuel economy is 15 in town and 24 on the highway.
Total MSRP as equipped is $206,645. Cars in this price range will not fit into the budget for most people, but I’ll tell you it is smooth, it is fast, and it’s just incredible to be behind the wheel of this amazing car. If your tax bracket allows you to indulge in pure automotive decadence, this is the car for you.
2019 Mercedes-Benz AMG S63 Cabriolet
- What I liked most: Performance, handling, and the incredible interior.
- What I would change: There was simply nothing not to love.
- MSRP: $180,100 base price, total MSRP with transportation: $206,645.
- Fuel Economy: 15 city/24 highway/18 combined.
- Official Color: Cashmere White Magno.
- Odometer reading when tested: 7400 miles.
- Weight: 4564 pounds.
- Final Assembly Location: Sindelfingen, Germany.
- Spare Tire: Compact spare.
- Length-Width-Height: 198.9” long/83” wide/56.2” high.
- Fuel Tank Capacity: 21.1 gallons with the filler on the passenger side.
- Towing Capacity: N/A
- 2019 AMG S63 in a few words: This car is a beast, and at the same time, a work of art inside and outside.
- Warranty: 4-year/50,000 mile bumper-to-bumper with roadside assistance.
- Manufacturer’s website: www.MBUSA.com
- Up Next: 2019 Range Rover Discovery