Thanks to such components as an aluminium outer skin (including complete front end and roof section), a carbon fibre spare spare wheel recess, lithium-ion battery and forged light-alloy wheels, the new S 63 AMG undercuts its predecessor by 100 kg at 1,970 kg, with the long wheelbase variant weighing in at 1,995 kg.
Visually the super-barge can be identified by more aggressive bumpers featuring a front splitter and high-gloss black flics on the air intakes, chrome-trimmed side skirts, diffuser with quadruple tailpipes and a set of 19-inch AMG alloys.
Under the hood lies an updated version of the epic AMG 5.5-litre V8 biturbo engine producing 430 kW (585 hp) and 900 Nm of torque, which represents a 30 kW (41 hp) increase in output while still meeting the 2015 EU6 emissions standard. Utilizing the AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed sports transmission, featuring “C” (Controlled Efficiency), “S” (Sport) and “M” (Manual) modes, the S 63 hits 100 km/h in just 4.4 seconds with top speed limited to 250 km/h. Mercedes quotes identical performance figures for the regular and long wheelbase cars, as well as an average consumption of 10.1 litres of fuel every 100 kilometres and CO2 emissions of 237 g/km. If you opt for the all-wheel drive 4MATIC long wheelbase version 100 km/h takes a Porsche 911 Carrera S-beating 4 seconds (!), but the car is obviously thirstier needing 10.3 litres to cover the same distance.
As well as the usual S-Class refinements S 63 AMG owners can specify such optional extras as the AMG ceramic high-performance composite brake system with 420 mm front discs and specially painted calipers, ROAD SURFACE SCAN, which uses MAGIC BODY CONTROL to set the suspension up to deal with varying terrain, carbon fibre exterior and interior packages, a Burmester high-end 3D surround sound system and seat comfort package with energizing massage function.
Due to be launched at the end of September, with prices starting at €149,880 for the short wheelbase and €152,617 for the long wheelbase S 63 AMG 4MATIC.