2020 Mercedes AMG S-Class vs. 2019 Rolls-Royce Ghost

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Mercedes AMG S-Class are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Rolls-Royce Ghost doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

The AMG S-Class has standard Active Brake Assist, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Ghost offers an available collision warning system without the automated brake feature that would prevent or reduce the collision if the driver fails to react.

The AMG S 63 Sedan has all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The Ghost doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

The AMG S-Class’ 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 Ghost doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

To help make backing safer, the AMG S-Class’ optional 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 Ghost doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the AMG S-Class and the Ghost have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front and rear 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 around view monitors.

Warranty

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The AMG S-Class’ corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Ghost’s (5 vs. 4 years).

There are almost 11 times as many Mercedes dealers as there are Rolls-Royce dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the AMG S-Class’ warranty.

Engine

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The AMG S 63 Sedan’s standard 4.0 turbo V8 produces 40 more horsepower (603 vs. 563) and 59 lbs.-ft. more torque (664 vs. 605) than the Ghost’s standard 6.6 turbo V12. The AMG S 63 Sedan’s 4.0 turbo V8 produces 44 lbs.-ft. more torque (664 vs. 620) than the Ghost Black Badge’s standard 6.6 turbo V12. The AMG S 65 Sedan’s standard 6.0 turbo V12 produces 18 more horsepower (621 vs. 603) and 118 lbs.-ft. more torque (738 vs. 620) than the Ghost Black Badge’s standard 6.6 turbo V12.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the AMG S-Class gets better fuel mileage than the Ghost:

MPG

AMG S-Class

RWD

65 6.0 turbo V12

13 city/22 hwy

AWD

63 4.0 turbo V8

17 city/26 hwy

Ghost

RWD

6.6 turbo V12

12 city/18 hwy

An engine control system that can shut down some of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the AMG S 63’s fuel efficiency. The Ghost doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the AMG S-Class’ engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Ghost doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

Transmission

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

The AMG S-Class’ launch control uses engine electronics to hold engine RPM’s precisely in order to provide the most stable and rapid acceleration possible, using all of the available traction. The Ghost doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the AMG S-Class’ optional front brake rotors are larger than those on the Ghost:

AMG S-Class

Ghost

Front Rotors

16.5 inches

16.1 inches

The AMG S-Class offers optional heat-treated ceramic brake rotors, which last ten to twenty times as long as conventional cast iron rotors, don’t rust, don’t fade during repeated high speed braking, and their lighter weight contribute to better braking, handling and acceleration. The Ghost doesn’t offer ceramic brake rotors.

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction and acceleration, the AMG S-Class has larger rear tires than the Ghost (285/40R20 vs. 255/50R19).

The AMG S-Class’ standard 255/45R20 front and 285/40R20 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series front and 40 series rear profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Ghost’s standard 50 series tires.

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

Suspension and Handling

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The AMG S-Class’ 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 Ghost doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For better maneuverability, the AMG S 65 Sedan’s turning circle is 5.9 feet tighter than the Ghost’s (38.1 feet vs. 44 feet). The AMG S 63 Sedan’s turning circle is 6.9 feet tighter than the Ghost Extended Wheelbase’s (39 feet vs. 45.9 feet).

Chassis

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The Mercedes AMG S-Class may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 550 to 700 pounds less than the Rolls-Royce Ghost.

The AMG S-Class is 6.3 inches shorter than the Ghost, making the AMG S-Class easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

For excellent aerodynamics, the AMG S-Class has standard flush composite headlights. The Ghost has recessed headlights that spoil its aerodynamic shape and create extra drag.

Passenger Space

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The AMG S-Class Sedan has .3 inches more front shoulder room and 3.3 inches more rear shoulder room than the Ghost.

Cargo Capacity

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The AMG S-Class Sedan has a larger trunk than the Ghost (18 vs. 17.3 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

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The AMG S-Class 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 Ghost doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The AMG S-Class’ front and rear power windows all open or close with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The Ghost’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully.

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

On extremely cold winter days, the AMG S-Class’ optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The Ghost doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The AMG S-Class 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 Ghost doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

The AMG S-Class’ Active Parking Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, starting, stopping and changing direction automatically. The Ghost 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 Rolls-Royce Ghost isn’t available as a coupe or convertible.

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