New 577bhp Mercedes S63 AMG breaks cover ahead of Frankfurt debut
17 July 2013

Mercedes-Benz has officially revealed its new 577bhp S63 AMG in a series of photographs ahead of a planned public debut for the rapid luxury saloon at the Frankfurt motor show in September.

Distinguished from other recently introduced new S-class models by a number of traditional AMG styling tweaks, including a deep new front bumper, heavily chromed blade grille, 'twin-turbo V8' badges along its flanks and beefed up sills among other changes, the new S63 AMG is planned to go on sale in the UK in rear-wheel drive guise only next year at a price of around £120,000.  

Building on initiatives taken with the standard S-class, the performance variant of the big Mercedes-Benz saloon benefits from a further range of weight saving measures, including the adoption of a 78Ah lithium-ion battery and a spare wheel recess made of carbonfibre.

In long wheelbase guise, as sold in the UK, the new rear-wheel drive S63 AMG is said to weigh 1995kg – 100kg less than its predecessor, despite a moderate increase in dimensions and greater level of standard equipment. Significantly, Mercedes-Benz claims the four-wheel drive S63 AMG hits the scales at the very same figure of 1995kg, owing in part to a more straightforward suspension design.  

Power comes from a reworked version of AMG’s twin-turbocharged 5.5-litre V8 engine that in a departure to recent AMG practice is planned to be offered in just a single state of tune. It develops an added 14bhp over the old S63 AMG with performance package at 577bhp, providing the new car with a power-to-weight ratio of 289bhp per tonne. Torque matches that of proceeding model’s performance package option with a sturdy 663lb ft developed on band of revs between 2250 and 3750rpm.

The direct-injection petrol unit already meets stringent EU6 emission regulations, with combined fuel consumption of 28mpg and average CO2 emissions of 237g/km in the rear-wheel-drive long wheelbase model destined for the UK. The added reserves continued to be channelled through AMG’s seven-speed MCT (multi clutch transmission) with three driving modes: Controlled Efficiency, Sport and Manual – the former of which brings an automatic stop/start function for added fuel savings.

Despite the various weight-saving measures and added power, Mercedes-Benz’s official performance claims for the new rear-wheel-drive S63 AMG put its 0-62mph acceleration at the same level as its predecessor at 4.4sec, while top speed remains limited to 155mph in standard guise and 186mph in combination with an optional driver’s package.

Following moves with other recent new AMG models, a new four-wheel-drive S63 AMG 4Matic model will join the line-up in selected left-hand-drive markets. However, Mercedes-Benz’s continued inability to provide right-hand-drive compatibility with its four-wheel drive system in many models means it will not be sold in the UK or the remaining 83 right-hand-drive markets worldwide. With added off-the-line traction, the S63 AMG 4Matic is claimed to storm to 62mph from standstill in just 4.0sec – an improvement of 0.5sec on the old model.

The new S63 AMG is underpinned by a retuned version of the standard S500’s air suspension complete with Mercedes-Benz’s innovative new Magic Body Control system. It employs a camera mounted within the windscreen to scan the road and alter the settings of the air springs, according to the conditions for maximum levels of comfort or sportiness, depending on the chosen mode.

Mercedes' S63 AMG 4Matic boasts a more sporting suspension set-up with conventional steel springs and Mercedes-Benz’s new ADS Plus adaptive damping system, providing continuous adjustment of the dampers in two modes: Comfort and Sport. It also receives revised geometry, with added camber and a larger anti-roll bar up front along with a stiffer sub-frame at the rear.

The standard 19-inch forged aluminium wheels on both the rear- and four-wheel drive mode measure 8.5 inches in width up front and 9.5 inches at the rear and comes shod with 255/45 and 285/40 profile tyres respectively. Optional 20-inch wheels will be available in the same width with 255/40 and 285/35 profile rubber.

Further options for S63 AMG also include carbon ceramic brakes for the first time among an extensive list of other high-end extras.

Our Verdict

The Mercedes S-Class is a fine luxury car and a technological masterstroke. It is calm but rewarding

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17 July 2013

Not that 4.4secs to 60 is slow, but this must be the first time in recent years when one of the big 3 Germans hasn't made the new model faster than the outgoing version.

Does anybody know why?

I think it looks cool by the way. Although I'd have a Conti GT for that price range.

17 July 2013

Matty_Hall wrote:

Not that 4.4secs to 60 is slow, but this must be the first time in recent years when one of the big 3 Germans hasn't made the new model faster than the outgoing version.

Does anybody know why?

It's not faster to 60mph, probably due to traction limitation. It'll most likely be faster as the speeds increase.

17 July 2013

Could think of plenty of cars I would rather have for that amount of money. Just stupid!

17 July 2013

BenC30 wrote:

Could think of plenty of cars I would rather have for that amount of money. Just stupid!

Well I can think of plenty of cars I would rather not have for that amount of money. Whats stupid about it? Its a supercar & a luxury limousine all in one! Try splitting your money & buying a £60k sports car & a £60k luxury saloon. This will beat them both hands down. Its at the top of my lottery shopping list, put it that way. Smile

17 July 2013

How about a £5000 second hand car and early retirement.  Both the car and the 115k should 6-7 years!

Of course nobody really buys these cars with their own money so completely irrelevant.

 

 

17 July 2013

Is anybody else sick of of the 'three big holes under the bumper' styling motif?  It was badass when the RS4 did it in the early 90s, but 20 years on?

17 July 2013

I think it is just CRAP that UK [and other RHD markets] are denied the 4Matic it all these cars.Is it german revenge ?

Madmac

17 July 2013

With a lot of electronics problems...

 

17 July 2013

Yaaaaaawwwwwwwwnnnnn.

17 July 2013

Stupid car that serves no point and weighs like a lorry.

ofir

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