The S63 AMG’s 5.5-litre V8 biturbo engine packs a mighty punch – 440kW and 900Nm of torque to be exact. This allows this massive luxury barge to accelerate to 100km/h in 4.4 seconds and on to a limited top speed of 250km/h.
Thanks to systematic lightweight construction, the S63 is up to 100kg lighter than its predecessor. That’s great for performance, but even better for fuel consumption, which Mercedes claims is somewhere in the region of 10.0 litres/100km. Not bad for a biturbo V8 barge.
The engine is mated to a seven-speed sports transmission with three transmission modes – Comfort, Sport and Manual. In the comfort-oriented mode the ECO start/stop function is active and shuts off the eight-cylinder engine when the car is at a standstill. In the Sport and Manual transmission modes the engine and transmission are significantly more agile and the ECO start/stop function is deactivated.
The S63 also comes with AMG sports suspension based on Magic Body Control and the option of fitting AMG ceramic high-performance composite brakes.
As you’d expect from the top-of-the-line S-class, absolutely everything is standard, and more. The interior features a few AMG specific touches that differentiate it from other models in the line-up. This includes an AMG sports steering wheel, nappa leather, AMG badges in the front and rear seat backrests and an embossed emblem on the armrest of the front centre console.
The new S63 AMG makes its world premiere in September 2013 at the Frankfurt International Motor Show.