2015 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG
Emotion in Motion
For those who want the luxury, refinement, technology and safety of a Mercedes-Benz limousine, but also crave a bit of flash, the AMG badge has always had a strong attraction. Not only does the AMG treatment infer a major performance hike, it also mashes up the rational and the emotional to produce a range of model that could be politely termed luxury muscle-cars. Or muscular luxury-cars; the choice is yours.
The AMG Treatment
A perfect example of that combination of aims is this car, the AMG S63 Coupe. Fundamentally a two-door version of the Benz S-Class, the S63 shakes in a big helping of horsepower and an equal measure of attitude. In fact, everything from the way the car looks to the distinctive V8 exhaust note is tailored to answer the very specific demands of AMG buyers around the world.
Rear Drive Rocket
The coupe body speaks for itself, and the AMG exterior treatment includes 20-inch alloy wheels, a specific front-end treatment and even quad exhaust tips to make sure nobody misses the point. Of course, it’s not just about a look; the twin-turbocharged 5.5-litre V8 engine rustles up 430 kW and an even more amazing 900 Nm of torque. That’s enough to hurl the big coupe from rest to 100 km/h in just a fraction over four seconds. And to prove that AMG didn’t under-estimate Australian buyers, while many markets attempted to tame the S63 Coupe’s fury by fitting it with all-wheel-drive, cars delivered here maintained the faith by remaining rear-drive.
Ahead of its Time
Air suspension controls the coupe’s chassis with driver-selectable modes and even a system that AMG calls Magic Body Control, whereby the car scans the road ahead to `see’ potholes and lumps in the surface and adapt the suspension before the car has even reached those imperfections. The air suspension and its sophisticated computer-control also allowed AMG to make the car lean a couple of degrees into corners to keep the ride as flat as possible. If that all sounds like the S63 Coupe was ahead of its time, that’s purely because it was.
Features include: Red brake callipers, light grey stitching, heated seats, panoramic sunroof, rear-collision warning and protection system, active park-assist, active blind-spot assist, active lane-keeping assist, touch-screen, head-up display, 20-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry and start, multi-zone climate-control, massage front seats, autonomous braking, active cruise-control.