2018 Mercedes-Benz AMG S63 Cabriolet new car reviews

Just about everything that you need to know about the AMG S 63 Cabriolet can be found in the opening paragraph of the model’s web page:

"Every Mercedes-AMG is a purebred performer. Driving top-down in the 603-hp AMG S 63, the passion is even purer. The AMG vertical-bar grille leads the air to a hand-built biturbo V8 engine. The engine leads you to driving ecstasy.”

The ecstasy has a price, of course, with this one starting at $180,100.

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David S. Wallens David S. Wallens
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These S-class AMG roadsters aren’t Miatas. They’re not Triumphs, MGs or Alfas, either. And they’re not Corvettes. They’re their own beasts: very fast, yes, but very comfortable and composed, too. You want heated and massaged seats? Just ask.

Too many luxuries that get in the way of the sporting experience? Maybe, but that’s also why alternatives from others exist. This one is for the person who wants to go fast without the penalty.

Let’s talk about the transmission for a minute, because it’s amazing. Its maker calls this nine-speed box the AMG Speedshift MCT. What’s that mean? For one, just two pedals: go and stop.

But it’s not a traditional automatic featuring a torque converter. And it’s not one of the new twin-clutch units. This one replaces the torque converter with a clutch pack. Confused? That’s okay. Here’s what you need to know: The transmission action is magic, featuring lightning-quick shifts along with perfect programming. And if you’d rather call your own shots, the paddle shifters await.

Automatically operated boxes are quickly evolving. Some don’t make us miss the clutch pedal. Others could use some fine-tuning. This AMG box is among the leaders.

One more hypothetical: Why not the V12-powered AMG S 65 instead? Well, it costs more money and is actually slower to 60.

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alfabeach New Reader
2/6/19 4:27 p.m.

Gee the demographics of the Classic Motorsports readers sure must have gone way up since the Rolex.

Pete Gossett
Pete Gossett MegaDork
2/6/19 5:14 p.m.

I wonder how long until it’s worth 1/10 that price? Ten years?? Fifteen???

Tim Suddard
Tim Suddard Publisher
2/11/19 9:14 a.m.

Trust me, there are a lot of Classic Motorsports readers that buy cars like this. And yes, I wonder (out loud) how good a deal this amazing car might be in 5-10 years.


Mr. New Reader
2/12/19 11:29 a.m.

In reply to Tim Suddard :

Not much of a Mercedes fan and the design language of this new front end is just butt ugly.  Give me a 2014-15 Jag XKR or XKRS with a $600 pulley and tune and $150,000 change from what you would spend on the Mercedes and it will equal its performance with room to spare.  I can add a few other things to the collection with an extra $150K.

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