Limited-run Black Series models aside, the CLS 63 S is arguably AMG’s best attempt yet to alter the dynamic character of the Mercedes model on which it’s based.

The standard CLS is a fine car, but rather than just take its character and turn up the performance, AMG has created a sporting car with a character and genuine dynamic ability all of its own. 

Nic Cackett

Nic Cackett

Road tester
The CLS 63 AMG is an unqualified triumph

Any concerns about the engine are unfounded. It has all the low-end shove we loved from the old supercharged ‘55’ motor yet retains the growly character of the naturally aspirated 6.2.

In all but details, then — chief of which is the price that AMG demands for a car that is only acceptably specified — the CLS 63 AMG is an unqualified triumph.

However, the CLS 63 S is starting to look long in the tooth, with the now defunct BMW M5 and E 63 set to be replaced this year, its time seems limited as these new hot saloons take performance and agility to a whole new dimension.

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