MercedesBenz Sclass S63 AMG first drive Review Autocar

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MERCEDES-BENZ S-Class Saloon

Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG first drive

What is it?

The new Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG: the answer to your supercar-fast, contender question. Oh, you weren’t Well, Mercedes would it if you got a bit more inquisitive; AMG is aiming to more than 30,000 annually before too long, and means every one of them – its limo-size saloon – is going to to count.


Admittedly the market for particular model is going to be small. The previous S-Class – a – found nearly 90 per cent of its in oil burning form, and the sixth of it will likely prove no Even if you’ve got a particular for serious petrol power, you to leapfrog the very good at £86,840, to get to the S63.

The S500L also has a turbocharged V8 but what it doesn’t have – and frankly, is the key to grasping the AMG’s – is the hand-built, 5.5-litre biturbo V8. 577bhp. And 664lb ft from

Which, despite the two-tonne is capable of launching this to 62mph in 4.4sec via the seven-speed MCT, and on to 186mph if you’ve clever with your on the options list.

Now, for the of Europe if not the UK, the manufacturer has decked the S63 (the only version to us Brits) with its 4Matic drive system, but as the right-hand-drive negates its deployment here, we get only. Thanks to the dubious of our roads we also receive new, technically highfalutin, Magic Body Control as

Its cause is helped along by a spot of weight loss: the new is around 100kg lighter its predecessor thanks to forged alloy wheels, composite discs, a lithium ion battery and a lining for the boot floor, and the plan is complemented by the inevitably AMG take on the S-class’s sophisticated suspension setup.

What is it like?

Fast, cleverly pitched and possibly a too well mannered for its own good. of the talent on display is clearly your eyes and rear end register the flared air intakes and AMG sports seats by turns, but the opulence, build quality and aesthetic were all present on the ‘standard’ S-class we tested summer.

Sparking up the V8 doesn’t send shivers down spine, either. The S63 gets an AMG exhaust which keeps its firmly shut on start up, and for of the time when the car is in Comfort Thus it crawls and queues a buzzy, eight-cylinder hum, blends seamlessly with the refined and respectful ambience.

Thoughtlessly prodding it doesn’t appeal, either. In the smaller, E-class. the engine is a bladdering of a redline botherer, but here, by greater heft and accessed via a and sympathetically tuned accelerator it can be properly stroked along, millimeters of ankle movement a slow, sonorous building of speed.

The result is carefully self-indulgent and cocooned rapidness. coming as it does with the helping hand of the Magic Control, which uses to scan the road ahead for bumps up to 80mph, and then adjusts the suspension to smooth impacts away.

Switching Sport mode will the system, and truthfully this – along with manual – is needed if you’re to successfully your mindset from the haze of the Mercedes’ impulse

Making it to warp speed is effortless on the autobahn or in a straight (carelessly pinning the throttle quickly and vividly render but elsewhere some endeavour is to overcome the languid effect of overassisted steering, big weight and Concordia footprint.

MERCEDES-BENZ S-Class Saloon

Nevertheless, over the initial hump, the S63 dainty in a hurry. Trust the wheels to repay the steering eventual faith in them in bulky, electrically acquired rather than feedback), and speed is absorbed by the largely stiffened chassis.

It’s that the set-up majors on and remarkable lateral grip than rear-bias fireworks, its striking ability to keep its under wraps without reducing comfort puts it in a class of one.

Should I buy

Any way you cut it the Mercedes-Benz S63 can claim to be out in front of the in some way or another. It has the best (with by far the most power), is the to sit in, look at, listen to and drive or across a continent.

However, the new model proves of a satisfying slow burner charismatic barnstormer. It says of the S63‘s dynamic identity Mercedes’ inability to offer the more steadfast (and 4Matic in the UK feels like a opportunity.

We’ve got used to AMG’s products in a sudden of emotive vindication; wrapped up in zany engine size, and outright theatricality. This for all its talent, is the sort of car which its attributes summarising before the for its supremacy becomes persuasive.

likely this is because has opted, in its biggest, priciest to bury the barminess a little than it has before in an effort to the car’s appeal. And given a peerless powerhouse of a limo has emerged, we can hardly blame the for that.

Mercedes S-class S63 AMG Price 0-62mph 4.4 sec; Top speed (186mph with Driver’s Economy 27mpg (combined); CO2 Kerb weight 1995kg; 8-cyl, 5461cc, twin-turbocharged Installation front, longitudinal, drive; Power 577bhp at Torque 664lb ft at 2250-3750rpm; 7-spd automatic

MERCEDES-BENZ S-Class Saloon
MERCEDES-BENZ S-Class Saloon
MERCEDES-BENZ S-Class Saloon
MERCEDES-BENZ S-Class Saloon
MERCEDES-BENZ S-Class Saloon
MERCEDES-BENZ S-Class Saloon

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