Not too long ago, Mercedes-Benz revealed their all-new S-Class to the world, and it had definitely raised the bar in terms of technology and comfort ever since. Now in-charged of raising the performance bar is this latest beast from Mercedes-Benz’s AMG performance division. Behold the Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG!
Exterior wise, the changes are subtle but recognizably AMG. At the front, you get larger and more aggressive-looking front air intakes, and the rear you get AMG’s signature quad, trapezoidal tailpipes. That’s pretty much it really. Remove the ‘V8 Biturbo’ badge from the side sills and most people will not expect this limo to pack a huge punch. Being subtle is now the new cool…
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Now for the juicy details. Under the hood of the S63 is confusingly not a 6.3 liter engine like its name suggest. Instead, it is powered by AMG’s familiar 5.5 liter V8 Biturbo petrol engine used in many latest AMG models today. Biturbo is just a fancy term used by Mercedes-Benz to represent twin-turbo and this engine in particular produces 585hp and 900 Nm of torque.
That is just as powerful as AMG’s flagship SLS AMG GT supercar, which is saying something. Sure the S63 is heavier than the SLS AMG GT, but having so much power meant that it is still capable of accelerating from 0-100km/h in 4.4 seconds and reaching an electronically limited top speed of 250 km/h. Without the silly limiter, I’m sure the S63 could comfortably achieve 300km/h if not faster.
Compared to the previous generation S63, Mercedes-Benz claims that this new model is up to 100 kg lighter, mostly due to the AMG forged light-alloy wheels, a lightweight lithium-ion battery and a weight-optimised AMG high-performance composite brake system. The aluminium front end and roof further contributes to its weight savings.
First for the new S63 AMG is the introduction of the “performance-oriented” AMG 4MATIC all-wheel drive system as an option. Opting for the AWD system will cut acceleration time to just 4 seconds to reach from 0-100km/h, and Mercedes-Benz believes that the AWD version of the S63 will appeal to more markets especially those with snowy weather.
The S63 AMG will be offered in both the short and long-wheelbase body, but if you want the 4MATIC AWD system, you must go for the LWB. Interior wise, expect a more sporty theme with carbon fiber instead of wood, but besides that, there is nothing I haven’t covered in my previous S-Class post. So you can read all about its superb interior over there.
Believe it or not, as the latest S-Class has yet to reach every market in the world, you can still buy a brand new previous generation (codenamed W220) S-Class which is more powerful than this new W222 S63 AMG. Yes, I’m referring to none other than the W220 S65 AMG. It is powered by a monstrous 6.0 liter V12 biturbo petrol engine producing a whopping 604 hp and 1000 Nm of torque. And with no AWD versions available, it is sure a handful to put down so much power onto just two rear wheels.
Let’s hope Mercedes-Benz will produce the latest S-Class in bonkers S65 form with more than 600 hp. If not, the previous-gen W220 S65 AMG still holds the crown as the world’s most powerful production sedan. So what are you waiting for? Go negotiate for a huge discount on a brand new S65 AMG and get yourself the ultimate bragging rights! Like Mercedes-Benz says, Is The Best Or Nothing.