Mercedes-Benz has officially unveiled their latest S-Class AMG members; the S63 AMG and S65 AMG. The S63 AMG, with its 386kW/525hp 6.3-litre V8 engine developing 630Nm of torque, is capable of accelerating to a speed of 100km/h in 4.6 seconds. His bigger brother has an 6.0-litre biturbo V12 engine delivering a maximum power of 450kW/612hp and maximum torque of 1000Nm. The AMG-family member will accelerate from 0 to 100km/h in just 4.4 seconds. Both saloons are electronically limited to 250km/h.
The exterior has been influenced by the recent 2010 S-Class facelift and new E63 AMG. The S65 AMG has more pronounced arrow-shaped radiator grille, featuring twin chrome-plated louvres. The new front apron incorporates AMG-specific LED daytime driving lights and two transverse air outlets on each side. You will find “6.3 AMG” or “V12 Biturbo” lettering on the front wings and redesigned exterior mirrors.
The centre section of the diffuser insert is now painted in the same colour as the vehicle body. New rear lamps with 52 LED’s in the form of a double “C” give both cars a new appearance from behind. Next to the diffuser you will find the sports exhaust with two chromed twin tailpipes featuring a V12 design in the case of the S65 version.
The S65 AMG comes with 20-inch forged wheels painted in titanium grey with a mirror finish and fitted with 255/35 (front) and 275/35 (rear) tyres. His smaller brother has 19-inch multi-spoke wheels painted titanium grey with a high-sheen finish and fitted with 255/40 (front) and 275/40 (rear) tyres.
Both the Speedshift 7G-TRONIC of the S63 AMG, as well as the five-speed automatic Speedshift transmission of the S65 AMG, are fitted with direct select gearshift. Gear changes are carried out via aluminium shift paddles on a new AMG sports steering wheel.
Mercedes decided to add three new features to the vehicles; Crosswind stabilisation, Torque Vectoring Brake and the Direct-Steer system. The AMG sports suspension based the Active Body Control (ABC) provides crosswind stabilisation which means you will be compensated for the strong gusts while driving. Torque Vectoring Brake generates a brief direct application of the brakes which has an effect on the vehicle’s inner rear wheel while cornering. The Direct-Steer system with its variable ratio depending on the steering angle helps you with a better and more direct response when cornering.
All these systems add up to the long list of available features inside the S-Class portofolio. Exclusive optional extras are available from the AMG Performance Studio:
- AMG20-inch double-spoke forged wheels, painted in titanium grey with a mirror finish and fitted with 255/35 R 20 front and 275/30 R 20 rear tyres
- AMG trim elements in carbon/piano lacquer
- AMG floor mats
The S63 AMG is available in short or long-wheelbase versions. The S65 AMG is only available as a long-wheelbase version. Both will have their market launches from June 2009.