Mercedes-Benz knows their customers and future customers really, really well. Not only are their AMG models desirable poster cars, they’re on the minds of those with the cash or the means to be able to afford an AMG.
The latest car to get the AMG treatment is the new S Class Coupe. Known as the 2014 Mercedes-Benz S 63 AMG Coupe, its decadent, overpowered and exactly what you don’t need. It’s not a supercar, but it isn’t a luxury saloon. It’s a beautiful mix of the two, and we love it.
Driving the rear wheels is an AMG 5.5litre V8 biturbo engine that outputs a HSV Gen-F GTS matching 430kW of power and a body crushing 900Nm of torque. However, don’t think that this is all about brute power, as Mercedes has included their mind bending Magic Body Control to make the car feel like you’re floating on air. No matter what the road surface is like.
It’s lighter by 65kg’s and has reduced fuel consumption, and increased its power to weight ratio allowing the S 63 AMG Coupe to reach 0-100km/h in 4.3 seconds. If Mercedes-Benz produced the 4MATIC (all-wheel-drive) model in right-hand-drive, we’d see this number drop to just 3.9 seconds.
If you’re curious, Mercedes-Benz says that the fuel consumption figure is 10.1 per 100km. Which, isn’t as bad as you think when a Holden Cruze SRi around town will get the exact same economy.
Oh, and the 250km/h top speed is electronically limited. You know…for safety.
Whilst the usual insane exhaust customisation, dual-clutch transmission and other Mercedes-Benz features are present in the S 63 Coupe, there’s a brand new piece of awesome kit in this car.
Curve tilting – just like a motorbike.
When taking your car for a drive through a mountain road, do you find yourself leaning into corners? Yes? Well if you own a 2014 Mercedes-Benz S 63 AMG Coupe, it will do the leaning for you!
As part of the Magic Body Control system, the AMG sports suspension will lean into bends just like a motorcyclist or skier would. This means that the lateral acceleration which passengers feel is reduced, and in the end you’re more comfortable in the car.
Mercedes says that this isn’t designed to make you go around corners faster, but to make the driving experience as pleasant as possible. Through an ABC switch in the cabin, you can customise the degree of tilt and it’s active between the speeds of 30 to 180km/h.
Ceramic brakes – first time option in S 63 AMG
Of course, part of a nice motoring experience is being able to stop quickly and before you get involved in an accident. So, first the first time you can option AMG’s high-performance ceramic composite brakes.
They’re 20 percent lighter too, so you’d get better fuel economy too! (Not that you’d really care)
Launch and Availability
Mercedes-Benz plans to properly unveil the 2014 Mercedes-Benz S 63 AMG Coupe at the upcoming 2014 New York International Auto Show in April 2014. With international sales beginning for the model in September, you can expect to see the S 63 AMG Coupe either late this year or early next year.
Either way, we can’t wait to get behind the wheel. In the meantime, why don’t you read our 2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class S500 review?