2019 Rolls-Royce Dawn vs. 2018 Mercedes S-Class Cabriolet

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2019 Rolls-Royce Dawn

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2018 Mercedes S-Class Cabriolet

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Safety

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The Dawn has standard PostCrash, which automatically apply the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The S-Class Cabriolet doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

Both the Dawn and the S-Class Cabriolet have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, driver alert monitors, available night vision systems and lane departure warning systems.

Warranty

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The Dawn comes with a full 4-year/unlimited-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The S-Class Cabriolet’s 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty expires sooner.

Rolls-Royce pays for scheduled maintenance on the Dawn for 4 years and unlimited miles. Rolls-Royce will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Mercedes doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the S-Class Cabriolet.

Engine

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The Dawn has more powerful engines than the S-Class Cabriolet:

 

Horsepower

Torque

Dawn 6.6 turbo V12

563 HP

605 lbs.-ft.

Dawn Black Label 6.6 turbo V12

593 HP

620 lbs.-ft.

S 560 Cabriolet 4.0 turbo V8

463 HP

516 lbs.-ft.

Brakes and Stopping

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The Dawn stops shorter than the S-Class Cabriolet:

 

Dawn

S-Class Cabriolet

 

70 to 0 MPH

162 feet

168 feet

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Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Dawn has larger tires than the S-Class Cabriolet (F:255/45R20 & R:285/40R20 vs. F:245/45R19 & R:275/40R19).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Dawn has standard 20-inch wheels. Smaller 19-inch wheels are standard on the S 560 Cabriolet. The Dawn’s optional 21-inch wheels are larger than the 20-inch wheels optional on the S-Class Cabriolet.

Suspension and Handling

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The Dawn has active sway bars, which help keep it flat and controlled during cornering, but disconnect at lower speeds to smooth the ride and offer greater off-road suspension articulation. This helps keep the tires glued to the road on-road and off. The S-Class Cabriolet doesn’t offer an active sway bar system.

The Dawn offers an available adjustable active suspension system, which counteracts cornering forces actively, limiting body roll and improving handling and stability. Mercedes doesn’t offer an active suspension on the S-Class Cabriolet.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Dawn’s wheelbase is 6.6 inches longer than on the S-Class Cabriolet (122.5 inches vs. 115.9 inches).

Chassis

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As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Dawn is quieter than the AMG S 63 Cabriolet 4MATIC:

 

Dawn

S-Class

Full-Throttle

72 dB

78 dB

70 MPH Cruising

61 dB

63 dB

Passenger Space

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The Dawn has 1.7 inches more front headroom, 3.6 inches more rear legroom and 5.2 inches more rear shoulder room than the S-Class Cabriolet.

Ergonomics

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In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The Dawn has standard headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The S-Class Cabriolet doesn’t offer headlight washers.

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