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Mercedes-Benz#x2019;s S63 AMG is cruising into the

It#x2019;s a widely held in the motoring world that if you a glimpse of the features that all will boast 10 years now, take a look at the Mercedes-Benz S-Class. Stuttgart#x2019;s luxury saloon has long the proving ground for new vehicular the showcase for the best gadgetry the modern automotive industry can

The most recent (11th S-Class does nothing to that tradition. The #x201c;standard#x201d; S it seems churlish to apply a word to such a machine has once again set new levels of with sensors, radar, and LEDs sprouting from orifice. It#x2019;s a technological but it#x2019;s a car to be admired, to be impressed by. not really a car to be loved, or by which emotions are likely to be roused.

is where the S63 AMG comes in. This is the of the S-Class being handed to Mercedes#x2019; own tuning arm, a division that specialises in ordinary Mercs into road weapons. The boys and at AMG, based in Affalterbach, have given the S63 a thorough over with the performance Into the engine bay has been the tried-and-tested 5.5-litre twin-turbo V8, to produce 577hp. That#x2019;s a lot of for a limo.

Traditionally, S-Classes been rear-wheel drive, but for the generation, Merc has opted for drive as well, and it#x2019;s arrangement that will be in the Middle East. This make it easier to get all that down on the road in a vaguely manner, which is just as for this test.

I#x2019;m in Salzburg, Austria, and properly wet. Ahead of me lie Tyrolean roads winding way though epic but soggy and the prospect of hustling all that crammed into a car the size of a boat, through these treacherous conditions doesn#x2019;t fill me with confidence.

the test begins, though, a chance to look over the In keeping with the theme of a limousine, the S63 AMG isn#x2019;t a huge step on from the standard But there are some hints to its potential. Witness the AMG badge on the lid, the revised, more look to the front grille and the air intakes on the front bumper. skirts adorn the sills and twin tailpipes sit pretty at the It#x2019;s a tightening of the look, but not as as the snarling front end on the recently V12-powered S65 AMG.

The interior, for not yet familiar with any variant of the S-Class, verges on the concept This is a step on in terms of environment from anything the competition has launched into the The most striking feature on into the soft leather seat is on the dashboard, which is by two massive 12.3-inch screens serve as the instrument panel and system. They sit proud of the binnacle and are surrounded by a halo of from recessed LEDs, the of which can be changed by the driver to any from the rainbow. It makes for an display, especially at night.

The light show is just one of the S63#x2019;s cockpit, which is unchanged from the standard That#x2019;s a good thing it#x2019;s one of the best driver and compartments available today, on par the similarly excellent Audi A8. But is winning the gadget war, both driver and passenger to heating or cooling through posteriors, full massage and enough safety systems to the rest of this page if I them all.

For the driver, the chair is ridiculously comfortable, large side bolsters to the body in check. It also to a nice low level.

A twist of the key up the V8 with a growl that immediately fades to near Those expecting some of race car retort should that even though the S63 has an AMG it#x2019;s still a limousine. The struck between performance and luxury removal from is pretty much bang on.

out onto the road from the main dealership requires tight negotiation of a narrow car and immediately Mercedes#x2019; tech itself known. Cameras the car combine to show not only and forward trajectories on the big screen, with markings that depending on the steering input, but give an overhead bird#x2019;s eye much like a top-down on a driving video game. It takes a bit of getting used to, but the mind adjusts it#x2019;s difficult to accidentally hit things.

There#x2019;s more futuristic on the move. The traffic out into the countryside is moving slowly, but a of a stalk next to the indicator the Intelligent Drive system. uses adaptive cruise and a radar unit at the front of the car to the speed of cars ahead and a set distance, up to a set speed. But it also a camera to spot the road markings and physically steer the car them without the driver#x2019;s Up to around 30kph you can literally your hands off the wheel and the car drive itself. Mercedes this could work at speeds too, and has demonstrated the with the S500 Intelligent car shown at the Frankfurt Motor The company says it is capable of a fully self-driving car, but legal restrictions around the prevent cars from taking over responsibility the driver.

Out of the city traffic, the route takes me on a fast thrash towards the beautiful surrounding Salzburg. Cruise is set to 130kph, the sound system my favourite tunes wirelessly via from my phone to the superb system, and it#x2019;s a thoroughly experience. Wind and road are virtually nil, and the air suspension fitted with adaptive is set to Comfort mode, which any ripples in the road. This is stuff, in a top-class, well-appointed limo.

But the standard S-Class can do this of thing just as well, so extra do you get for your AMG money? the excitement that those letters promise? To find I head south towards away from the motorway and two-way roads that from fast, open sweeping through long into tight hairpins rise and fall with the

Before that though, set up the S63 for optimum performance. A couple of of buttons on the transmission tunnel the suspension to the stiffer Sport and the seven-speed dual-clutch transmission to S. to see what the S63 AMG can do.

Putting the right down dismisses the near-silence in I#x2019;ve so far travelled, but it#x2019;s not the of noise that you#x2019;d get an AMG sports car. There#x2019;s the AMG hard-edged timbre to the sound, but relatively reserved, as befits the

The pace is anything but reserved, There#x2019;s 577hp heading that V8 to all four wheels, and the change is instantaneous. It won#x2019;t the head back or crush the organs, though; the delivery is a firm application of speed builds and builds. The S63 takes four seconds to accelerate zero to 100kph, and that I need to have my wits me as corners approach with Braking hard from speeds scrubs off pace courtesy of the optional carbon brakes, and it#x2019;s all handled no trace of wiggle from the end, despite the car#x2019;s and bulk.

Through the bends, the steering heavier now that all the performance have been switched on, and the stiffens to keep the car flat corners. Cushions in the side of the and passenger seats inflate to keep the occupants in place. no sports car level of feel the steering and chassis but, for a it#x2019;s plentiful.

The introduction of drive brings fears of towards the limit, but those prove unfounded. There#x2019;s a of it in this dreary weather, but the is responsive, which means I can get the down early coming out of the A total of 900Nm of torque from the engine, and 67 per cent of comes from the rear so there#x2019;s less worry of the scrabbling the car towards the edge of the when applying the power. it#x2019;s not a powersliding monster even if it was, the ESP settings be fully disengaged #x2013; but if you to rouse the rear-seat passenger his or her slumber, you can wiggle the tail a bit of provocation.

After the drive, a chat a man from AMG product management that hitting the compromise limousine comfort and AMG insanity is a one, and it could have much more lairy if had asked for it.

In the end, Mercedes#x2019; arm has injected enough performance to the S63 the extra emotional appeal the standard S-Class lacks. capable of ludicrous pace in a line and, considering its performs well through the Pay attention Audi, BMW and the like the S63 AMG is the new benchmark for the modern high limousine.

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