2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG S 63 Convertible

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2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG S 63 Convertible Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: March 30, 2020
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The AMG badge on the S-Class has been the beacon for best in class luxury and performance. The same has been encapsulated well in the all-new 2020 Mercedes-Benz S 63 AMG Cabriolet. The engines which are the heart of AMG vehicles are handcrafted by the AMG division for precision and power. The S63 Cabriolet gets the full-fledged 4.0L handcrafted V8 which is one the most refined engines ever to go in a production vehicle.

The new AMG exclusive Panamericana grille introduced last year is aggressive and has the LED DRL headlights on either side. The vents below the headlights are an S-Class exclusive. With the roof up the cabriolet has the same silhouette as that of the coupe, the dimensions of both the vehicles remain similar. The S63 AMG coupe is a tad bit faster than the cabriolet due to the additional weight and aerodynamic loss due to the drop-top ability.

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Pros

Mesmerizing Design

Exceptional Performance

Recliner like heated and massaging front seats

Cons

Uncomfortable Rear Seats

Small Boot Space

What's New?

New S-Class Exclusive Grill and Vents


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$183500

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 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

4.5 in.

capacity

cargo volume

12.4 cu ft.

payload capacity

992 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

4 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

15/19/24 mpg

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

powertrain warranty

4 yr. / 50000 mi.

corrosion warranty

4 yr. / 50000 mi.


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Exterior
Interior

Ratings

Features

8.0

Engine And Performance

6.5

Fuel Economy

6.0

Interior

7.5

Exterior

7.5

Safety

7.5

7.2

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG S 63 Convertible Base

Base

power
603 hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Premium
mpg
20 combined

$183,500


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4MATIC 2dr Convertible AWD (4.0L 8cyl 9A) Starting at $183,500 MSRP (15/20/24) 603 hp @ 5500 rpm, 4L, V-8, Premium
9-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual all wheel drive 4

Expert Review

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Mercedes highlights the S-63 as the most premium luxurious performance vehicle in its stable. The interiors feature the finest luxury with features so lavish it could give Rolls-Royce a run for its money.

With premium-quality materials to refined knicks, knacks, and quirks, folks at Mercedes do know how to spoil their buyers. The electronic framework in the vehicle is astounding, be it the level of driver-assist features or electronic drive mechanics everything is purposed to enhance drive experience.

2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG S 63 Convertible Front View
2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG S 63 Convertible Rear View

8.0/10
Features

 

6.5/10
Engine and Performance

 

6.0/10
Fuel Economy

 

7.5/10
Interior

 

7.5/10
Exterior

 

7.5/10
Safety

 
 
 

2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG S 63 Convertible Features

8.0/10

The list of features laden into this cabriolet is extensive enough to keep its premium tag intact. The Recliner like seats and ENERGIZING comfort give it an exclusive touch. The S 63 is offered in a rather niche market and Mercedes understands the fact well enough to make the S 63 AMG a competent contender.

Trim

Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG Cabriolet

MSRP

$183,500

Key Features

Handcrafted AMG 4.0L V8 Biturbo engine

 

AMG Performance 4MATIC+ all-wheel drive

 

AMG High-performance Composite Braking System

 

AMG Performance Exhaust System

 

Advanced AMG instrumentation and controls

 

ENERGIZING Comfort

 

Nappa leather upholstery

 

12.3-inch high-resolution central display & 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster

 

Burmester Surround Sound system

 

AMG Head-Up Display & AMG Track Pace

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A single trim is available for the S63 AMG Convertible making a buying decision simple. There’s a list of options that can add to the comfort and exclusivity along with the exclusivity of personalization to stand out among other S 63 owners.

2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG S 63 Convertible Engine and Performance

6.5/10

Each handcrafted engine from the AMG division is made by a single person from scratch. This adds to the exclusivity of owning a BMW with the signature of the maker going atop the engine. The precision and refinement into the construction is to the highest of standards with no room for errors. The sheer fun and responsive engine feedback makes the cabriolet a smooth drive in Comfort Mode.

The convertible is capable of making 603 HP and 664lb-ft of torque which seems too much for a luxury car. This power is completely utilized in Sports and Sports+ mode which unleashes the monster that is dormant in Comfort Mode. The engine is eager to comply to the every throttle feedback from the pedal with ample power available on touch.

2020 Mercedes AMG S 63 Convertible has 4L Engine

The 9-speed transmission is smooth and efficient in producing exceptional performance. The transmission, like the engine, becomes more responsive when the drive mode is switched to Sports or Sports+ mode. These drive modes are a gateway to unlock the insurmountable power within the S63 which is equally scary and fun. The suspension is electronically adjusted for better aerodynamic and handling abilities.

Model

Mercedes AMG S 63 Cabriolet

BMW M8 Competiton Convertible

Jaguar F-Type SVR Convertible

Audi R8 Spyder

MSRP

$183,500

$155,400

$126,845

$184,650

Engine

4.0-L V8 Bi-Turbo

4.4-L V8 TwinPower Turbo

5.0L V8 Intercooled Supercharger

5.2L FSI V10

Transmission

9-speed automatic

8-Speed Steptronic Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

7-Speed Dual-Clutch Automatic

HorsePower

603 HP @ 5500 rpm

617 HP @ 6000

575 HP@ 6,500 RPM

562 HP@ 6,000 RPM

Torque

664 ft-lbs @ 2750 rpm

553 lb.-ft. @ 1,800 RPM

516 lb.-ft. @ 3,500 RPM

403 lb.-ft. @ 2,400 RPM

BMWs response to the AMG behemoth was much awaited, with the M8 Competition they gave the world a fitting statement on their prowess. The BMW stands to make the highest power figures out of the list. The Merc even though beaten by its life-long rival does come in second with grace.

The F-Type's engine capacity is bigger than both Beemer and Merc in spite of which it takes the third spot on the podium. The Audi R8 is a Supercar but is outmatched by the Merc, it has the biggest engine out of all the competition which is underpowered, to say the least.

Acceleration

The S63 AMG does not squat like most sports cars on throttle release and is composed throughout the build-up. The AMG engine in Sports+ propels the convertible to the speeds of 60MPH in just 3.4 seconds! Launch Control feature is rather easy to engage, just switch the drive mode to Sports+ or Race and hold the brakes and gas pedal down for 4 seconds, release the brakes to get the car accelerating in all its glory.

Mercedes-Benz AMG S 63 Convertible hits 0-60 in just 3.4 sec.

Mercedes limits the power that goes into the S63 with a speed limit of 155mph which we feel is more than enough for the streets. Not every S63 AMG owner would take it for a spin on the tracks to test its capabilities. The 4-Matic drivetrain is of great feature that assists in attaining such high speeds and handling perfectly as well.

Model

Mercedes AMG S 63 Cabriolet

BMW M8 Competition Convertible

Jaguar F-Type SVR Convertible

Audi R8 Spyder

0-60 MPH

3.4 sec

3.0 sec

3.5 sec

3.3 sec

Quarter Mile

N/A

N/A

N/A

11.5 sec

Engine

4.0L V8 Bi-Turbo

4.4L V-8

5.0L V8 Intercooled Supercharger

5.2L FSI V10

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

N/A

N/A

9.3

9.2

The AMG engines prove their mettle in this comparison, but the M engine by BMW is the fastest and outperforms all its rivals. The Audi R8 or the most affordable Super Car fails to keep up with the M8 and S63. The Jaguar takes the runner up spot as it spends most of the time in the rearview mirrors of the others.

Braking

The Compound brake rotors with 6-piston aluminum fixed calipers on the front axle and single-piston floating calipers on the rear in the S63 are efficient making it the perfect fit for the memo required in the braking department. The Six-piston caliper brakes can adequately assist in controlling the vehicle. The awesome power and high performance from the engine needs an equally able pair of brakes.

Mercedes-Benz AMG S 63 Convertible has Front Brake 15.4 in.

Model

Mercedes AMG S 63 Cabriolet

BMW M850i Convertible

Jaguar F-Type SVR Convertible

Audi R8 Spyder

Front (in.)

15.4

N/A

15

14.4

Rear (in.)

14.2

N/A

15

14.0

Curb Weight (lbs.)

4888

4736

3792

3572

60-0 (ft.)

N/A

N/A

102

97

60-0 distance isn’t available yet but the Merc has one of the biggest brakes. The AMG performance brakes and the curb weight might cut the stoppage time. From the available data, the R8 Spyder is the quickest to get to a complete stop.

Ride & Handling

The S63 AMG drives like a dream. The soft-top up filters all the outside noise and gives a quiet ride inside. The AMG rolls up in comfort mode with all responsiveness. The 9-speed transmission is possibly one of the most refined transmissions. You can feel the car is ready to respond to the gas pedal even in comfort mode.

The 4-Matic drivetrain of the S63 makes it more reliable while revving through the sharpest of corners. The car is steady and rooted to the ground. The seats can be adjusted to electronically move with the car in the direction of the turns. It’s like a real-life gaming experience where the seats move along with the car.

Mercedes-Benz AMG S 63 Convertible has different drive modes

The different drive modes change the entire feel of the car. In Comfort mode, the suspensions feel softer. The suspensions stiffen in Sports & Sports+ mode. These changes make the AMG a perfect combination to drive out on a sunny winter morning or take it on the drag strip to blow off some steam. The AMG S63 is the benchmark vehicle from Merc and does drive like one too.

2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG S 63 Convertible Fuel Economy

6.0/10

The automobile world has been seeing a trend where smaller engines are enhanced with turbochargers to increase power and efficiency. With the ever-growing concern about global warming, the current graph is bending towards more frugal vehicles. The AMG division has kept performance as the priority but the S63 AMG is efficient on highways with a light foot returning 24 MPGs which is respectable.

Model

Mercedes AMG S 63 Cabriolet

BMW M8 Competition Convertible

Jaguar F-Type SVR Convertible

Audi R8 Spyder

MPG (City)

15

15

16

13

MPG (Highway)

24

21

24

20

MPG (Combined)

18

17

18

16

Fuel Tank Capacity(Gal.)

21.1

18.0

18.5

N/A

Range (City/Highway)

N/A

N/A

296/444

N/A

The Mercedes has a bigger 4.0L V8 engine and produces much more power than the Jag. S63 AMG provides a good fuel economy and has a large 21.1-gallon fuel tank which gives it a great range. The F-Type returns the best fuel efficiency in City but a similar combined and highway MPG.

2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG S 63 Convertible Interior

7.5/10

The doors of the convertible open to a handcrafted 4 passenger cabin which exudes pure luxury. The quilted seats in the cabriolet feel like recliners more than car seats. The dashboard just flows unanimously merging with the infotainment system making it look like one large screen. The dashboard and the infotainment system are a pair of 12.3” LED screen. The steering wheel is a flat-bottom AMG steering wheel which is an S-Class exclusive.

The standard luxury features in the S63 prove that its the epitome of luxury offering from Mercedes. The neck warmer and heated massage seats make you feel like there’s a physiotherapist in the car. The Ambient Cabin lighting has 64 customizable colors. Another option called Energizing Comfort is probably one of the most premium features that the Merc has. The Mercedes perfume is mated to the Air Conditioners and the seats are heated and massaging options are pre-set to the Energizing Comfort option you select.

2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG S 63 Convertible Front Seats 

In the rear, you get the 2 hand-crafted bolstered passenger seats. The soft top has an in-built rear cabin light. Mercedes has ensured that the passengers in the rear don’t have trouble settling down in the dark. The headroom in the rear is decent as well which can easily accommodate a person that’s 5’10 ft tall.

Model

Mercedes AMG S 63 Cabriolet

BMW M8 Competition Convertible

Jaguar F-Type SVR Convertible

Audi R8 Spyder

Seating Capacity

4

4

2

2

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

37.7/59.0/ N/A

38.9/57.2/42.1

37.0/56.5/43.0

N/A

Rear (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in.)

37.7/49.5/ N/A

38.9/45.7/29.5

N/A N/A

The S63 AMG is the most luxurious out of the lot and has better comfort. The BMW is equally comfortable but lacks the luxury features like massage seats. The S63 simply dominates in terms of sheer luxury and comfort.

What creature comfort does it offer?

Mercedes has left no stone unturned in the features that come loaded in this magnificent beauty.

  • 12-way power front seats with memory
  • Active multi-contour front seats with massage
  • 3 years of Mercedes me-connect services
  • Mercedes me connect Assist Services
  • Remote Start via Mercedes me Mobile App
  • Airscarf neck-level heating system
  • Aircap
  • 64-color/3-zone LED ambient lighting
  • Energizing Comfort
  • Air Balance cabin fragrance & cabin-air purification system
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Nappa leather upholstery
  • AMG Nappa leather Performance steering wheel with touch controls
  • Soft-close doors
  • Electronic trunk closer
  • Hands-Free Access
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Electric trunk partition
  • AMG illuminated door sills
  • Illuminated entry system
  • HomeLink garage door opener
  • Brake HOLD feature

How good is the Infotainment setup?

The Center Console homes the 12.3” inch Infotainment System which merges with the Dash. The infotainment system can be controlled through touch or via the dial in the center console or a little touchpad which acts as a cursor. The infotainment system controls a lot of the creature comforts like the heating and massaging of the seats. The sound system by Burmester is amazing and accentuates the drive.

The Instrument cluster is a 12.3” inch screen as well. The cluster is 3-way customizable, the options available are Sports, Classic, and Progressive. The cluster is loaded with race tracks from around the globe for the Track Pace that records lap times and driver stats.

Mercedes-Benz AMG S 63 Convertible Infotainment Screen

What are the noticeable infotainment features?

  • 3-inch high-resolution central display
  • 3-inch digital instrument cluster
  • COMAND system with touchpad controller
  • AMG Head-Up Display
  • AMG Track Pace
  • FrontBass system
  • Burmester Surround Sound system
  • COMAND navigation
  • No-charge online navigation map updates for 3 years
  • Enhanced voice control
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Android Auto
  • Bluetooth audio streaming
  • Dual USB audio ports
  • HD Radio receiver
  • SiriusXM
  • 3 years of live traffic service provided by TomTom
  • 10GB Music Register
  • Near-Field Communication (NFC) technology
  • Inductive wireless charging with NFC pairing
  • Hands-free Bluetooth interface
  • SD card reader

What about the Cargo carrying capacity?

If the S63 lacks something it might be the boot space. The trunk is good enough to fit a large suitcase and maybe a small duffel bag together. Most of the trunk space is taken up by the soft top that folds in the trunk.

Model

Mercedes AMG S 63 Cabriolet

BMW M8 Competition Convertible

Jaguar F-Type SVR Convertible

Audi R8 Spyder

Cargo Volume (Cu-ft.)

6.9

12.4

7.3

4.0

The Merc has enough cargo space for a convertible. Despite the fact that the BMW is a convertible too, it provides more cargo space.

2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG S 63 Convertible Exterior

7.5/10

The S63 AMG is one of the most aesthetically pleasing vehicles in the market at the moment. The AMG convertible is the longest amongst all its competitors. The AMG S63 convertible gets more aggressive front vents below the huge grill. If you take a closer look at these vents they aren’t like the ones on any other vehicle from Merc. The vents are AMG S63 Convertible specific.

2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG S 63 Convertible 3 Quarter View

On the rear, the taillights hold 33 crisp and thin OLEDs which are just gorgeous. As mentioned earlier the OLEDs are another part of the vehicle which is an S-Class AMG exclusive. Mercedes has blacked out all the chrome on the car except for a thin chrome bezel that runs between the glass and the doors which runs all the way to the back. The quad exhausts look fabulous with the air vents above them to improve the aerodynamics.

From the side, you can actually see how long the S63 really is. There are carbon fiber side skirts on the bottom. The wheels sport the 20” AMG 5 spoke alloy that comes as standard. With the top down the Merc looks exquisite.

Model

Mercedes AMG S 63 Cabriolet

BMW M850i Convertible

Jaguar F-Type SVR Convertible

Audi R8 Spyder

Curb Weight (lbs.)

4888

4736

3792

3572

Length (in)

198.9

191.2

176.2

174.3

Width (in)

74.8

84.1

74.2

76.4

Height (in)

55.6

53.0

51.5

49.0

Ground Clearance (in)

N/A

4.6

4.2

6.3

Wheelbase (in)

115.9

111.1

103.2

104.3

Track Width (in) F/R

83.0/74.8

73.9/84.1

62.4/63.4

64.5/63.0

Exterior Features

There are more than a few features on the exterior.

  • All-season power soft top
  • AMG-specific grille
  • AMG body styling
  • All-LED exterior lighting
  • OLED tail lamps
  • 20-inch AMG 5-spoke wheels

2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG S 63 Convertible Safety

7.5/10

Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG convertible has not been crash-tested yet so the NHTSA Ratings are not available. But we know Mercedes provides the best in class safety for the driver and the occupants. The S63 is the elite offering from them and they have given a list of safety features in the car.

S63 chassis is a mix of aluminum and ultrahigh-strength steel. The chassis also has materials like extruded and cast aluminum and metal-polymer hybrids which enhance strength. There is an innovative thermally assisted forming and bond laser-bonding of the doors with the aluminum chassis. The chassis merged with the doors give it high side-impact strength in the absence of a solid roof and full B-Pillars.

Safety Features

The S63 AMG is loaded with features to ensure the safety of the driver and the passengers. It’s even more necessary on a convertible which is structurally not as rigid as a sedan.

  • Mercedes-Benz Emergency Call
  • Attention Assist
  • Intelligent Light System headlamps & Adaptive Highbeam Assist
  • LED Daytime Running Lamps
  • Crosswind, Blind Spot & Lane Keeping Assist
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
  • Pre-safe & Pre-safe Sound
  • Active Parking Assist
  • Surround View System
  • Pop-up roll bars
  • 10 airbags
  • Front seat-belt presenters
  • Adaptive braking technology & Brake Assist
  • Anti Lock Braking System (ABS) & Electronic Stability Program (ESP)
  • Hybrid aluminum and high-strength steel body structure
  • Advanced Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Antitheft alarm system with remote panic feature
  • Magic Vision Control
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers

2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG S 63 Convertible Competition

 Mercedes AMG S 63 Cabriolet VS BMW M8 Competition Convertible

 It is an age-old question, which is better Mercedes or BMW? Well, quite honestly we don’t have an answer either. The AMG is quicker off the line, makes more power has a much more luxurious interior. The BMW M8 Competition Convertible is super fun to drive, handles just a bit better and delivers more fuel efficiency. So the answer is probably which brand you prefer or what you’re looking for in the car.

2020 BMW M8 Competition Convertible

Mercedes AMG S 63 Cabriolet VS Jaguar F-Type SVR Convertible

 The F-Type might be the best performance offering by Jaguar, but the Mercedes S63 AMG has it beat on all aspects. Not that it matters but the Mercedes actually costs less than the Jaguar and delivers much more power and luxury compared to the Jag. The Jag has sub-par technology and other luxury features whereas Merc excels in all these categories.

2020 Jaguar F-Type SVR Convertible

Mercedes AMG S 63 Cabriolet VS Audi R8 Spyder

 The Audi R8 is the most affordable supercar and there are people who are deeply in love with this car for all that it offers. But when compared to the Mercedes it lacks all the luxury and comfort that is on the S63. The R8 has a bigger engine, makes more power and is an exceptional performer on the tracks. Mercedes proves that it can potentially beat the R8 on the track. S63 AMG is an absolute stunner from the inside and out.

2020 Audi R8 Spyder

2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG S 63 Convertible Final Verdict

The Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG convertible is a true S-Class performer. The grunt from the engine, drivability, and the design are probably the best in the segment. The BMW M8 Competition Convertible is a worthy competitor and has its own perks. But in all reality, the S63 AMG is the personification of luxury and would make a good addition in your garage.