Malibu Canyon Run With 2018 Mercedes-Benz S560 Cabriolet

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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.

2018 Mercedes-Benz S560 Cabriolet

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.

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Derin Richardson is a seasoned editor who's worked in print and digital media since 2008. He earned his Bachelor of Arts at California State University, Fullerton, and is an avid fan of American muscle. He oversees content for The Mustang Source, Mustang Forums, Dodge Forum, MB World, JK-Forum and 5Series.

As the grandson of a former L.A. Fire Department mechanic, he's grown up around cars and trucks most of his life. Some of his fondest memories are the times he helped wrench on his grandfather's 1941 Ford Pickup, which he endearingly nicknamed "High Yeller."

He currently drives a Red Hot 2018 Chevrolet Camaro SS but appreciates anything with four wheels and a little rumble.

Derin can be reached at [email protected]

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