The AMG version of S-Class saloon is widely similar to the regular version of the sedan while the main difference lies under the hood. Besides, an AMG kit has also been conferred on the sedan lending it a sportier semblance. Few alterations are made on the outside, but nothing conspicuous. Cabin is also similar to the regular version, all the features have been inherited as it is and hence S63 AMG does not get any additional fitment. Use of components like aluminium and carbon fibre has reduced the overall weight by 100 kgs.
Much like the standard model, the AMG received only a few changes on the outside. The first thing that catches the eye is the new headlamps cluster with multibeam LED units and a reshaped housing. The grille and the front bumper were also revised, but nothing changes the car’s appearance significantly. Around back, there’s a new apron and a redesigned exhaust tip design that stands out even more. Mercedes also revised the wheels, with 19-inch rollers offered as standard (unlike the S65, which gets 20-inch rims). All told, changes are far from dramatic, but change the sedan’s appearance just enough to give upcoming customers something new to celebrate. The AMG S63 remains the same assertive and elegant four-door that will let you know about its tremendous performance potential only by looking at it.
The S63’s interior design theme leans more towards luxury than being sporty. The dash design is more or less carried over from the standard S-Class, but the AMG division has added carbon-fibre finish on the dash, livelier colour combination and loads of AMG badges. This results in a cabin which still exudes class but now has a lot more youthfulness to it. As with all recent Mercs, the cabin quality is top-class and it is hard to fault it in this respect. The huge front seats are just fantastic and the bolstering can be adjusted infinitely so that you fit just right. They are also ‘dynamic’ – basically the bolstering automatically adjusts to give you more lateral support while hard cornering. Although you can adjust its intensity, it is a bit slow to respond during quick directional changes. As the S63 has just two doors, getting in the back is not the easiest. Although on first impression the back seat looks cramped, there is a decent amount of space and it is quite usable. But the large front seats, a swooping roofline and small windows makes you feel claustrophobic. The boot, at 400 litres, is quite big, but the spare tyre eats into the luggage space and marks it down.
The S63 AMG has a 5.4-litre twin-turbo V8 engine that churns about 577bhp of power and 899Nm of torque. This comes mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission. The S63 AMG with its twin-blown V8 runs off picking up its skirts on a twitch of your right toe. On the other hand, it is even a cruiser and mile muncher if you need a GT. This is one of the most comfortable and luxurious cruisers. The V8’s exhaust has a soulful note and woo-zing when you go pedal to metal.
Mercedes-Benz has been the best-in-class when it comes to ride quality. The S-Coupe despite being an AMG has subtle ride. It easily glides over potholes and bumps, making it a smooth riding experience. The Magic Body Control soaks up all the bumps and makes it a delight for the occupants to enjoy the frills as they absorb all the road shocks. The handling too, doesn’t need any much description. The view of the instrument cluster is hidden with the seat and steering adjustments available, thanks to the heads up display this issue is solved. The ride is sublime and the drive is effortless. The steering is also accurate with sufficient feedback and the large gear paddles make it a joy.
BRAKING AND HANDLING ;
All its wheels have been fitted with a set of high performance disc brakes, which are further accompanied with calipers. It features an electronic stability program that regulates the individual wheel braking and improves its stability. On the other hand, this vehicle is blessed with an airmatic suspension package with continuously variable damping control system. The cabin is incorporated with an advanced electric power steering system, which offers a precise response depending upon the speed levels. This adjustable steering wheel supports a minimum turning radius of 12.3 meters.
2017 Mercedes-Benz S-Class comes standard with traction and stability control (with crosswind mitigation), antilock brakes, front and rear side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags and a driver knee airbag. Standard electronic safety features include a rearview camera, a driver inattention warning system and a collision prevention system that will warn the driver of a potential collision and fully apply the brakes if necessary.The Driver Assistance package (standard on the S600 and S 65) includes an active blind-spot warning system (will steer you back to your lane if you fail to heed its warning), an active lane-departure warning system (ditto), pedestrian recognition for the collision prevention system, a rear-impact detection and preparedness system and an advanced adaptive cruise control system that not only matches the speed of the car in front of you, but will also apply the brakes and accelerator in stop-and-go traffic and keep you in your lane. Effectively, it drives for you on a gridlocked freeway.
The Mercedes-AMG S63 has been the undisputed leader of the high-performance luxury sedan market for quite a few years, and that’s not going to change very soon. Not only packed with state-of-the-art technology, the S63 is also the quickest full-size sedan you can buy, and with both BMW and Audi lacking true competitors, it’s not hard to imagine why Mercedes-AMG will rule this segment for a few more years. Sure, Audi and BMW might finally roll out RS8 and M7 models, but Merc’s mid-cycle facelift will keep the S63 ready for anything its rivals will have to offer. Also, the new 4.0-liter V-8 engine will ensure a smooth transition to a next-generation sedan that will be better in just about every department.