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Rip-roaring Mercedes-AMG S63 Cabriolet packs 577 horsepower (pictures)

The AMG treatment to the 2017 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabriolet yields the S63 drop-top that is both comfortable and massively quick with a twin-turbocharged V-8 engine packing 577 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque.

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The S-Class Cabriolet replaces the CL-Class in the Mercedes-Benz lineup.

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The S-Class Cabriolet joins Benz's flagship family two years after the launch of the current S-Class family.

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Connected to the 5.5-liter V-8 engine is a seven-speed multi-clutch transmission.

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An AMG-tuned 4Matic all-wheel-drive system distributes 33 percent of engine torque to the front wheels, while 67 percent of torque goes to the rear wheels.

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On winding roads, the S63 handles itself quite well for a near-4,900 pound vehicle.

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The Airmatic suspension has also been tuned by AMG offering firmer "Sport" and "Comfort" settings compared to the base S-Class Cabriolet.

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For added clearance and a better ride on rougher roads, the air suspension system can raise the car by 1.2 inches.

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The S63 engine is built start to finish by one person in the Affalterbach, Germany production plant.

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With the top down, the S63's roaring exhaust note is easier to hear.

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The S63 keeps weight in check with a lightweight lithium ion battery, forged wheels and a more extensive use of aluminum body panels.

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The S63 features a more menacing appearance with carbon-fiber exterior jewlery.

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The S63 is long and sleek with attractive flowing lines.

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The rear of the S63 with the top down.

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The soft top is available in black, dark blue, beige and dark red.

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The power top operates at speeds up to 37 mph.

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The soft-top on the S63 takes less than 20 seconds to go up and put down.

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The rear view of the S63 with the top up.

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Front headlight housings with LED accents.

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Carbon ceramic brakes are available as an option.

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A 5.5-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 powers the S63.

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Carbon-fiber exterior mirrors on the S63 Cabriolet.

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LED taillights are standard on the S63 AMG.

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The S63 gets to 60 mph in just 3.8 seconds.

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The S63 Cabriolet features a top speed of 186 mph.

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Carbon-fiber exterior trim dresses the the S63 Cabriolet.

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The hand-built 5.5-liter V-8 engine that powers the S63 Cabriolet.

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A 12.3-inch center screen is standard in the S63 Cabriolet to handle infotainment functions.

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A standard Airscarf system helps keep occupants warm inside of the S63 Cabriolet.

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The leather and carbon-fiber-lined cabin of the S63 Cabriolet.

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The leather and Alcantara steering wheel inside of the S63 Cabriolet.

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The S63 Cabriolet features aluminum shift paddles on the steering wheel.

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Steering wheel audio and Bluetooth phone controls.

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The AMG symbol on the flat bottom steering wheel inside of the S63 Cabriolet.

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Control switches for various features in the S63 cabriolet.

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The AMG crest embossed into the center console of the S63.

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The center console controls for various features in the S63 Cabriolet.

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The center stack with no signature circular air vents in the S63 Cabriolet.

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Navigation is standard in the S63 Cabriolet.

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A 360-degree view as shown by the S63's camera system.

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The surround camera view in the S63 Cabriolet.

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The front camera image on the S63 Cabriolet.

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The S63's Burmester audio system produces great sounds.


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The comfortable and well-bolstered seats in the S63 Cabriolet.

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The metal scuff plates with the AMG symbol on the S63 Cabriolet.

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There's sufficient space for two adults in the back seat of the S63 Cabriolet.

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The Airscarf neck heating system standard on the S63.

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A premium Burmester audio system delivers incredible sound.

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With the top up, the trunk offers 12.4 cubic feet of space. When the top is down, space shrinks to 8.8 cubic feet.

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