2020 Mercedes AMG S-Class Cabriolet vs. 2020 Porsche 911

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Mercedes AMG S-Class Cabriolet have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Porsche 911 doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

The AMG S-Class Cabriolet’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The 911 doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

The AMG S-Class Cabriolet has standard front and rear seat side-impact airbags and head airbags, which act as a forgiving barrier between the passengers and the door. Combined with high-strength steel door beams this system increases protection from broadside collisions. The 911 doesn't offer rear-seat side-impact airbags, only ones for front seat occupants.

To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the AMG S-Class Cabriolet. But it costs extra on the 911.

The AMG S-Class Cabriolet’s blind spot warning system uses digital cameras monitored by computer to alert the driver to moving objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them. The 911 doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

To help make backing safer, the AMG S-Class Cabriolet’s cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The 911 doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

The AMG S-Class Cabriolet’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The 911 doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the AMG S-Class Cabriolet and the 911 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, rearview cameras and available night vision systems.

The Mercedes AMG S-Class Cabriolet weighs 1247 to 1534 pounds more than the Porsche 911. The NHTSA advises that heavier cars are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

Warranty

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There are over 2 times as many Mercedes dealers as there are Porsche dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the AMG S-Class Cabriolet’s warranty.

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Mercedes vehicles are better in initial quality than Porsche vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Mercedes 12th in initial quality. With 2 more problems per 100 vehicles, Porsche is ranked 15th.

Engine

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The AMG S-Class Cabriolet’s 4.0 turbo V8 produces 224 more horsepower (603 vs. 379) and 333 lbs.-ft. more torque (664 vs. 331) than the 911’s standard 3.0 turbo 6-cylinder. The AMG S-Class Cabriolet’s 4.0 turbo V8 produces 160 more horsepower (603 vs. 443) and 274 lbs.-ft. more torque (664 vs. 390) than the 911 S’ standard 3.0 turbo 6-cylinder.

Fuel Economy and Range

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An engine control system that can shut down some of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the AMG S-Class Cabriolet’s fuel efficiency. The 911 doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

The AMG S-Class Cabriolet has 4.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the 911’s standard fuel tank (21.1 vs. 16.9 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The AMG S-Class Cabriolet has 3.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the 911 AWD’s standard fuel tank (21.1 vs. 17.6 gallons).

Transmission

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The Mercedes AMG S-Class Cabriolet comes standard with an automatic transmission, for driver comfort, especially in the city. Automatic costs extra on the 911.

A nine-speed automatic is standard on the Mercedes AMG S-Class Cabriolet, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only an eight-speed automatic is available for the 911.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the AMG S-Class Cabriolet’s brake rotors are larger than those on the 911:

AMG S-Class Cabriolet

AMG S-Class Cabriolet

911

911

Front Rotors

15.4 inches

16.5 inches

13 inches

16.1 inches

Rear Rotors

14.2 inches

14.2 inches

13 inches

15.4 inches

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the AMG S-Class Cabriolet has larger front tires than the 911 (255/40R20 vs. 235/40R19). The AMG S-Class Cabriolet’s front tires are larger than the largest tires available on the 911 (255/40R20 vs. 245/35R20).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the AMG S-Class Cabriolet has standard 20-inch wheels. Smaller 19-inch front wheels are standard on the 911.

Suspension and Handling

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The front and rear suspension of the AMG S-Class Cabriolet uses air springs for a smoother, controlled ride than the 911, which uses coil springs. Air springs maintain proper ride height and ride more smoothly.

The AMG S-Class Cabriolet has a standard automatic front and rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The AMG S-Class Cabriolet’s height leveling suspension allows the driver to raise ride height for better off-road clearance and then lower it again for easier entering and exiting and better on-road handling. The 911 doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

The AMG S-Class Cabriolet’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The 911 doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the AMG S-Class Cabriolet’s wheelbase is 19.4 inches longer than on the 911 (115.9 inches vs. 96.5 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the AMG S-Class Cabriolet is 2.1 inches wider in the front and 3.5 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the 911.

The AMG S-Class Cabriolet’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (53.2% to 46.8%) than the 911’s (36.4% to 63.6%). This gives the AMG S-Class Cabriolet more stable handling and braking.

Chassis

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To almost totally eliminate engine vibration in the passenger area, the AMG S-Class Cabriolet has an electronically controlled liquid-filled main engine mount. A computer-controlled electric current in the liquid changes its viscosity, allowing the mount to dampen the engine completely at all RPMs. The 911 uses conventional solid rubber engine mounts.

Passenger Space

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The AMG S-Class Cabriolet has 6.4 inches more front shoulder room, 5.2 inches more rear headroom, 6.2 inches more rear legroom and 1.6 inches more rear shoulder room than the 911.

Cargo Capacity

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The AMG S-Class Cabriolet has a much larger trunk with its top down than the 911 Cabriolet with its top down (6.9 vs. 4.6 cubic feet). The AMG S-Class Cabriolet has a much larger trunk with its top up than the 911 Cabriolet with its top up (12.4 vs. 10.4 cubic feet).

With its convertible body style, valet key and remote trunk release lockout, the AMG S-Class offers cargo security. The 911’s non-lockable folding seat defeats cargo security.

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the AMG S-Class Cabriolet’s power trunk can be opened or closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The 911 doesn’t offer a power or hands-free opening trunk.

Ergonomics

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The AMG S-Class Cabriolet has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The 911 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

Unlike the driver-only memory system optional at extra cost in the 911, the AMG S-Class Cabriolet has standard driver and passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat, steering wheel position and outside mirror angle and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

The AMG S-Class Cabriolet’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel and glides the driver’s seat back, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. An easy entry system costs extra on the 911.

The AMG S-Class Cabriolet has a standard heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The 911 doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The AMG S-Class Cabriolet’s standard power windows have a locking feature to keep children in the rear seat from operating them, but the driver can still raise and lower all of them with the lock engaged. Porsche does not offer a locking feature on the 911’s standard power windows.

If the windows are left open on the AMG S-Class Cabriolet the driver can close them all at the outside door handle or from a distance using the remote. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the 911 can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

In case of a sudden change of weather, the AMG S-Class Cabriolet has a standard remote convertible top that can be raised from a distance to protect the interior of the vehicle from damage. The 911 doesn’t offer a remote top, so the driver will have to run to the car, get in, turn the ignition on and raise the top to prevent the interior from being damaged.

Heated windshield washer fluid is standard on the AMG S-Class Cabriolet to defrost the washer nozzles and quickly clear ice and frost from the windshield without scraping. The 911 doesn’t offer heated windshield washer fluid.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the AMG S-Class Cabriolet has standard extendable sun visors. The 911 doesn’t offer extendable visors.

A power rear sunshade is standard in the AMG S-Class Cabriolet to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The 911 doesn’t offer a rear sunshade.

Both the AMG S-Class Cabriolet and the 911 have standard heated front seats. The AMG S-Class Cabriolet also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the 911.

The AMG S-Class Cabriolet has standard massaging front seats in order to maximize comfort and eliminate fatigue on long trips. Massaging seats aren’t available in the 911.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Mercedes AMG S-Class has a standard wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The 911 doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

The AMG S-Class Cabriolet has a 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The 911 doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

The AMG S-Class Cabriolet’s Active Parking Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, starting, stopping and changing direction automatically. The 911 doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Model Availability

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The Mercedes AMG S-Class comes in coupe, convertible and sedan bodystyles; the Porsche 911 isn’t available as a sedan.

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