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2014 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG revealed

Latest AMG variant has 577 hp, scoots to 60 mph in 4 seconds.

By AutoWeek Jul 17, 2013 11:36AM

The Mercedes-Benz AMG performance-car division has officially revealed its new 577-hp S63 AMG ahead of the rapid sedan's public Frankfurt motor show debut in September.

Several traditional AMG styling mods distinguish the S63 from recently introduced but lesser S-class models. They include a deep new front bumper, chromed blade grille, twin-turbo V8 badges on the side and beefed-up sills. The new bad boy is planned for U.S. sale in November wearing a $140,000 sticker -- about the same as the outgoing car.

In long-wheelbase form, the new S63 weighs 4,400 pounds -- 220 pounds less than its predecessor despite being slightly bigger and having more standard equipment.

AMG's 5.5-liter, twin-turbo V8 powers the car, reworked to develop 577 hp, 41 more than the old S63. Torque? To put it mildly, a stout 664 lb-ft between 2,250 and 3,750 rpm.

The direct-injection gas engine already meets EU6 emission regulations, with 23.3 mpg combined on the European test procedure. Power is again channeled through AMG's seven-speed MCT (multi-clutch transmission) with three driving modes: controlled efficiency, sport and manual -- the former brings an automatic stop/start function.

Following other new AMG models, four-wheel drive is standard. The car will rocket to 62 mph in just 4.0 seconds, a half-second quicker than the old model. To compare, the Audi S8 runs a 4.0-liter, 513-hp twin-turbocharged V8 and will hit 62 mph in 4.2 seconds.

The S63 AMG 4Matic's suspension is conventional steel springs and Mercedes-Benz's new ADS Plus adaptive damping system, providing continuous adjustment in two modes: comfort and sport. It also receives revised geometry with added camber and a larger antiroll bar up front along with a stiffer rear subframe. The standard 19-inch forged aluminum wheels measure 8.5 inches in width front and 9.5 inches rear, and come with 255/45 and 285/40 profile tires front/rear. Optional 20s will be available in the same width.

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

-- Greg Kable


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Jul 19, 2013 10:44AM

The Cadillac CTS V has 0-60 in 3.9 seconds at 556 HP...just say`in

Jul 18, 2013 1:30PM
Jul 23, 2013 1:54AM

14 More stupid comments below. Just be happy they make such a car, who buys it who really cares!


Jul 23, 2013 1:19PM
This car is for someone who wants speed, but does not want to appear like a rice rocket.
Jul 23, 2013 12:39PM
This latest MBZ sure beats a BMW V-12 sedan I see in La Jolla at times! 
Jul 23, 2013 6:35AM
truth be told, though it's quicker than lightning, it's not so special to look at.  not sexy, just - well not sexy. I like fast sexy cars, not fast - eh, average looking cars. feh!
Jul 22, 2013 11:51PM
Oh! my wife would have fun with this thing. 71 years old, grey hair with a heavy foot. Surprised she's never gotten a speeding ticket in her Continental or LS.... yet. She once told me, "I don't know what they are, but I like the ones with the 3 pointy star.". She always did have good taste.
Jul 23, 2013 4:18PM
Dammit!! AMG just made my life harder. Was looking at an S550 because I could get it with AWD. Now that the S63 is available with 4Matic too, I'm gonna want to get this instead. Or maybe an Alpina B7 XDrive. Or an S8. Or make BMW fix the X5M and keep it. Oh f*ck!! Decisions, decisions.
Jul 23, 2013 3:57PM
I thought we were focusing on economy and energy savings. Yet everything at auto shows and show rooms seem to be high powered muscle cars.
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