Best-ever power and efficiency: Mercedes unveil new S 63 AMG
By Kyle Lindsay
Wednesday, July 17, 2013 - 12:18
BETTER: Mercedes-Benz S 63 AMG
Mercedes-Benz will unleash the luxury segment’s most powerful high-performance saloon – the new S 63 AMG – later this year.
The flagship vehicle is more powerful, lightweight and efficient than its predecessor and available in three models – short wheelbase, long wheelbase and 4MATIC long wheelbase.
With a 585hp, 900Nm AMG 5.5litre V8 biturbo engine, the car achieves consumption of 27.4mpg and CO2 emissions of 237g/km.
Depending on model variant, the S 63 AMG accelerates from 0 to 62mph in 4.0 to 4.4seconds, with a top speed of 155mph.
Ola Källenius, CEO of Mercedes-AMG GmbH, said: “Following the successful launch of the A 45 AMG and the CLA 45 AMG, the new S 63 AMG highlights our expertise in the automotive high-end segment.
“Lightweight construction and absolute performance are among the key strengths of the new flagship model from Mercedes-AMG.”
The vehicle comes with AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT seven-speed sports transmission, with three transmission modes – ‘C’ (Controlled Efficiency), ‘S’ (Sport) and ‘M’ (Manual).
In comfort-oriented ‘C’ mode, the ECO start/stop function is active and shuts off the eight-cylinder engine when the car is at a standstill.
The driver experiences smooth transmission characteristics with comfort-oriented gearshifts, with the mode usually starting the car in second gear.
In the ‘S’ and ‘M’ transmission modes, the engine and transmission are significantly more agile and the ECO start/stop function is deactivated.
A brief and precisely defined retardation of ignition and injection under open throttle results in even faster and acoustically more emotional gearshifts.
All variants of the S 63 AMG are fitted with ESP Curve Dynamic Assist as standard and AMG sports suspension based on Magic Body Control.
The new S-Class is also the first car in the world able to recognise road surface undulations in advance.
If Road Surface Scan detects such undulations with the help of the stereo camera, Magic Body Control adjusts the suspension in advance to suit the situation.
Two suspension modes – ‘Comfort’ and ‘Sport’ – are included, while the vehicle is for the first time available exclusively with AMG-forged light-alloy wheels.
The S 63 AMG is also equipped with a weight-optimised, fade-resistant AMG high-performance composite brake system.
In the interior, the S 63 AMG combines sport with ‘classic Mercedes values’ such as new control logic, new ergonomic touches, safety, appeal and aesthetics.
The newly-developed AMG sports seats with electrical adjustment, memory function and heating offer the driver and front passenger more lateral support.
Further touches include the embossed emblem on the armrest of the front centre console and the high-quality analogue clock in IWC design.
Standard equipment includes sports pedals, ambient lighting, attention assist, collision prevention assist, COMAND Online, 10 loudspeakers with Frontbass, Pre-Safe Plus and LED high-performance headlamps.
Additional optional extras include air-balance, Burmester surround sound, Burmester3D surround sound, business telephony, executive seat, folding tables, LED intelligent light system and chauffeur package.
Tobias Moers, Head of Overall Vehicle Development and Board Member of Mercedes-AMG GmbH. added: “We have unquestionably achieved our aim of making the new S 63 AMG more powerful, lightweight and efficient than its predecessor.
“In terms of driving dynamics as well, the S 63 AMG has made giant leaps forward.”
The vehicle will premiere at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September, before hitting the UK market.