MercedesBenz S63 AMG first drive review

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Jonathan Hawley

Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG

Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG

Mercedes-Benz expects the of customers for its new S63 AMG will be the types who occupying its back seat and driving duties to a chauffeur.

not difficult to understand why: with the optional “First reclining seats in the long version, fold-down tray down-filled head rests and limitless leg room, the back pew is a comfortable place to do business.

Or enjoy a bit of a snooze.

But they be missing out on so much action behind the steering wheel.

of the S63 AMG is, of course, its mighty V8 engine. the same as that fitted to versions of the smaller E63 sedan . a twin turbocharged unit produces 430kW of power. But its has been beefed up from to 900Nm.

It’s enough to the latest version of the S-Class to in 4.4 seconds, on the way to an electronically limited top speed. Without the limiter, good to know the S63 would hit

Those latter figures of course, academic in Australia the S63 AMG goes on sale in a couple of time priced in standard form at around the same as the current model.

Perhaps Mercedes-Benz chose to launch the car on congested Austrian roads similarly low speed limits and a police presence to Australia, far the flat-out autobahns of its home

The temptation to floor the throttle in low-speed driving conditions is one difficult to resist and often such is the amount of shove from low revs, and the throbbing track provided by the S63 AMG’s

Push the button that the transmission out of ‘comfort’ mode and either ‘sport’ or ‘manual’, and flaps in the exhaust are also turning that throb a gargling roar. It’s to awaken any back seat if indeed the Apollo mission of acceleration hadn’t already a toupee or two flying backwards the parcel shelf.

Still, Australia doesn’t get the version of the S63, the 4Matic or model that isn’t in right-hand-drive, and with superior off the line removes 0.4 seconds that 0-100km/h time.

bemoaning that fact want to consider that our version gets a more suspension set-up featuring the Magic Body Control that uses cameras to bumps and active damping to them out. The system won’t fit into 4Matic with their extra of driveshafts for the front wheels.

The MBC suspension of the rear-drive model is the of the two, providing an acceptably ride despite the 20-inch fitted with low profile while still controlling body movement. Hit a button on the console and the suspension enters a sportier mode that it down onto the road harder.

Still, at 5157 long the S63 is a big car (even longer at in long wheelbase form) and at speeds it is never less unwieldy. It gets better as rise – which isn’t – seemingly shrinking around the becoming easier to place on the and offering a beguiling blend of pace and noise together limousine comfort.

The steering is the off-putting factor being and indirect in the straight-ahead position, suddenly heavier a couple of to left or right. And AMG ’s Speedshift which does without a automatic’s torque converter, may suitably virile upshifts full power, but also the odd jarring thump when at low speed.

For relaxed cruising, the S- and E-Class ’s Distronic Plus which automatically steers a lane and checks for cars as well as pedestrians and other to forward progress. It’s all of Mercedes-Benz’s Driving Assistance Plus that is standard on S63 AMGs.

It’s also than the old S63. Based on the new it gets aluminium panels for the bonnet and front guards, together with AMG-only such as a carbon fibre in the boot for the (non-existent) spare and a lithium-ion battery replacing the lead-acid unit, saves 100kg. Still, at a tad under two you wouldn’t want it parked on foot.

Its combined fuel consumption of 10.1 L/100km and carbon output of 237g/km is achieved by a tall seventh gear in the gearbox (it ticks over at 1400rpm at 100km/h) and features as start-stop idle control.

the S-Class, it is perhaps the S63 AMG’s and stylish interior that it apart from most cars. It’s not just as could be expected in a car this but also has an open and airy exacerbated by the glass roof will be standard on Australian

Opt for the longer version – about $15,000 over the standard S63 AMG – and even more legroom, and the option of reclining, so-called Class seating in the rear for the in comfort.

The driver is faced a reduced diameter steering with perforated leather and paddle-shifters, behind which is a instrument panel with analogue speedometer and tacho and AMG logos as a reminder of where the went.

It flows into wide, centrally located for navigation and other functions, which is a couple of sweeping trimmed in diamond-quilted trim and fibre, or indeed a combination of limited only by the buyer’s or wallet size.

Not that equipment is lacking: Australian will come with controlled seats with hot heating, LED headlights, a 360-degree parking camera, dynamic seats, an enhanced Burmester system and last but not least, red calipers.

Australian Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG are far more likely to actually their car than be driven, many Chinese or European They’ll be getting a somewhat combination of sledgehammer performance by otherwise absolute luxury and mastery of the environment. And paying for the

24 comments so far

Magnificent car, but for a Mercedes. hmmm.

That of money gets you into bespoke and exotic machinery. a Quattroporte for example, Bentley Spur..and dare I say a Porsche Turbo, not to mention knocking on the of the gorgeous Aston Martin (could probably get a new car demonstrator).

In the world of the $400,000 automobile, car that looks like a big from a company that makes $36K hatchbacks. is not where I would be putting my

Of course, like most 7 Series and A8..the first will be limo hire The Maserati or Bentley or Porsche or certainly don’t say that. and on an S-Class is … too.

Seats and a steering wheel Date and time September 16, 12:58PM

What’s your with this?

I would Maserati are just as bespoke as and Mercedes.

Having said I think bespoke differs greatly, using McLaren, Bentley and Bugatti as the rarefied examples.

Commenter Timothy Melbourne Date and time 16, 2013, 3:35PM

of course is cloud-cuckoo pricing, but seriously a is worth a lot less than technological tour de force.

for $400K your friends have no idea which you bought as they are all ugly and so you’d be better off with a board in your front saying you are rich and save

Why on why would get this over the insanely priced AMG E63. If you to travel in a mobile lounge at least get the Bentley Continental GT.

daffy Location Date and September 16, 2013, 5:32PM

will sell in big numbers in We all know the reasons why. As far as the Martin Rapide; gorgeous car but is an optional extra that is on back order. If you think on an S class is a … then at a 7 series! Ouch! I think a would be the best alternative

Commenter Albervin Location and time September 16, 2013,

I agree seats and a steering I just can’t believe how these cars have nowadays. I think a 5 series at represents better value for or a lexus rx if you want a 4wd. terrifying every time you in to a petrol shed. ouch

jk Date and time September 17, 8:07AM


@timothy, Are you kidding? don’t make cheap backs, delivery vans or small and mid sized sedans.

Do you the biggest selling C-Class is the BASE model? Not even the Avantgarde and Elegance! The A-Class is a A3 competitor and the B-Class is the absolute of glamour..oh and don’t forget the R-Class. Even SLK’s and look big nosed and awkward .

and GranCabrio are pure automotive the new Quattroporte and new Ghibli are the most cars in their class by a

Mercedes are ‘off the shelf’ by

Commenter Seats and a steering Location Date and time 26, 2013, 9:58AM

I can’t you put a Panamera and a Maserati in the same as an S class. The Bentley yes. But the two are warranty time bombs to go off in 36 months or 100 000km. Whichever first. I suspect its 36 months. buy S Class as so not to look like the in the Masarati. S Class is the car all others are by.

Commenter TMG Location NSW Date and September 16, 2013, 4:31PM

as usual, you have no idea.

The S-Class just so happens to be at the top of the in the luxury stakes. This beastie is the hot rod version. I’d pay $400k for a Mercedes, than for a Nissan. Or a Lexus. Or a Toyota.

As so many other people. You know why? Because pale in comparison to the great marques.

Commenter Wes Mantooth Date and time September 16, 5:02PM

Wes Mantooth, I have 18 experience in the motoring industry. I’ve forgotten about cars you’ll never

$400,000 is a ridiculous amount of to pay for ANY motor car. Sales of the S63 AMG be tiny, bought solely by Mercedes owners/enthusiasts

You are stuck in the Mercedes USED to be an exclusive I remember as a child there no ugly hatchbacks, MPV’s and Mercs consisted of a mid sized E S-Class( Rolls Royce or an SL..seeing a Mercedes was a treat and

Now, roads are full of model C-Class C200’s, A200’s, B-Class B200, M250. These entry models make up most of sales. Like BMW and AUdi has diluted their brand and VERY mass market.

The is lovely, but it looks like a big and it will depreciate like

In that $400K price people will want a car LOOKS like the NEW Maserati with the exclusivity and glamour with it. To the Maserati/Bentley/Porsche/Rolls Royce Mercedes is passé and sterile in

I’d love to see how many (and 7 Series and A8) are bought by owners and how many are hire for airport and hotel.

Comparisons the Nissan GT-R are silly. But you bring it up. it’s less half the price of its nearest rival, has exclusivity, road/race cred in spades and is a genuine built supercar at the price of mid euro sporties. There are no model versions, it’s not on something cheaper and does not components with lesser at $172K is a bargain even if it is a Nissan.

Commenter Seats and a steering Location Date and time 26, 2013, 9:32AM

These unfortunately devalue too much. now in the process of purchasing one, but the V12 model S65 of the previous generation is not that different to the new one), everything the new one has, the old one does as But the nice thing of buying a model instead of a 2013, is I’ll only be paying $60,000 for the car.

Here in the they sell for around brand new and I think the equivalent is $500,000 in Australia, but just a few short years later, a massive saving. Sure its but who cares! — I keep the and these cars feel new though they’re going on 5 old.

Awesome car however. I fault it. The best part is the wow, you turn it on and just and accelerates from stand The performance is mind blowing the fuel use is mind blowing but in a bad way. however fuel is here so no big deal, couldn’t buying one of these in the over roads of Australia — if I any of my cars there like I them here every I would have lost my on day one..

Commenter John San Diego Date and time 16, 2013, 6:32PM

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