Malibu Canyon Run With 2018 Mercedes-Benz S560 Cabriolet
AMG’s biturbo V12 may be gone, but the 2018 S560’s V8 leaves nothing to be desired.
Remember when Mercedes-AMG CEO Tim Moers announced that the biturbo V12 would be no more? Well, after roaming around the grounds at Calamigos Ranch for the “Droptops & Dirt” event on May 15 and stumbling upon this biturbo V8 S560 Cabriolet, I can honestly say I don’t miss it. Sure, you may not have the bragging rights of owning a monstrous 12-cylinder motor, but the greatness of the S560’s new powerplant has plenty of “umph” for an aggressive, yet smooth ride even for AMG fans. It simply exudes beauty and power just looking at it.
The annual Motor Press Guild event in Malibu, California is a full day of sampling the latest vehicles from some of the nation’s top automakers: Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Jeep, Dodge, Fiat, Chevy, and more. As the name implies, attendees take the droptop vehicles through the canyon roads, and the “dirt” SUVs on the ranch’s trails.
OLED Lights Fore & Aft
Not much is different between the S550 and S560; the exterior isn’t dramatically redesigned or distinctive, save for new front and rear-end bumpers. However, one small but noticeable change is the switch to organic led lights (OLED) for both the anterior and the rear of the vehicle. OLED lights are more energy efficient and somewhat brighter than your conventional halogen lights.
The real gem, however, lies on the inside.