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Mercedes-AMG S 63

LARGE AND IN CHARGE (some text hidden)

By Jonathan Crouch

The Mercedes-AMG S 63 is still the go-to choice if you want a big saloon that doesn't hang around. Jonathan Crouch reports on the latest version.

Ten Second Reviewword count: 75

The Mercedes-AMG S 63 features a fresh engine, a new transmission, a new all-wheel drive system, plus smarter exterior and interior design. In place of the old 5.5-litre Biturbo V8, there's a 4.0-litre V8 Biturbo unit mated to AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 9speed sports transmission. It's glued to the road by Mercedes' Magic Body Control, will hit 62mph in 3.5 seconds and yet still conforms to stringent EU6 emissions regulations. What more could you ask for?

Backgroundword count: 150

There's something deliciously wanton about a true hero-power limousine. Whether it's the image of stealthy speed or the notion of money being no object and time being a more precious commodity, cars like the Mercedes-AMG S 63 play to an audience that most of us find utterly unknowable. Still, even if not all of us can afford the £130,000-odd admission fee to this decidedly exclusive club, sometimes it's just fun to press our noses to the glass. Perhaps the most impressive aspect of this latest S63 AMG isn't the power, the quality or the luxury gadgetry. It's the almost obsessive quest to make a car of this type - which by its very nature is one of excess and extremes - as efficient as possible. Does that matter to the target audience? Insofar as it's an indicator that they're buying some of the world's best automotive engineering, it just might.

Driving Experienceword count: 278

The utterly magnificent E63 AMG gave us a clue what to expect with the big brother and also what we're missing. Mercedes is bringing to the UK an S63 AMG with drive being directed to the rear wheels: left hand drive markets get the same car with 4MATIC+ AWD, but there are no plans to offer that set-up on this model here. S 63 buyers get the same 612PS 4.0-litre Biturbo V8 found beneath the bonnet of the 'S' Model version of the Mercedes-AMG E 63. More numbers? You get 900Nm of torque, which is some 50Nm more than the E 63. Hierarchies need to be observed, you see. This will catapult the 2,070kg S63 to 62mph from rest in a mere 3.5 seconds and it keeps going until 155mph appears on the speedometer not so very long later, at which point a soft electronic speed limiter intervenes. Fitted as standard is the AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 9speed sports transmission, replacing the previous 7-speed unit. It's influenced by your selection between the four provided 'AMG DYNAMIC SELECT' driving modes - 'Comfort', 'Sport', 'Sport+' and 'Individual'. Each setting modifies key parameters, such as the response of engine, transmission, suspension, steering and the ESP stability control. Independently of the 'DYNAMIC SELECT' driving modes, the driver has the option of pressing an 'M' button to switch directly to manual mode, in which gearshifts are executed exclusively using the paddle shifters on the steering wheel. If required, the suspension settings can be specially selected as well. The 3-stage ESP system and the exhaust flap can also be switched with a special AMG button. There's also a 'Race Start' function for Grand Prix getaways.

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Statistics (subset of data only)

Min

Max

0-62 mph (s):

3.5

Combined mpg:

31.7

CO2 (g/km):

203

Height (mm):

1496

Insurance group:

50

Length (mm):

5226

... and 3 other stats available

Scoring (subset of scores)

Category: Luxury Saloons and Estates

Performance
90%
Handling
80%
Comfort
80%
Space
70%
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