Mercedes-Benz made the 2014 Mercedes-Benz S 63 AMG official today. The first AMG model 2014 S-Class gets a similar setup to the outgoing model, yet trades styling and technological features for the superior versions found in the latest generation S-Class.
Under the bonnet, the Mercedes-Benz S 63 AMG features a familiar AMG 5.5-litre V8 biturbo engine. Power is pegged at 585hp with torque of 900Nm. Drive can be optioned with the AMG all-wheel-drive system 4MATIC or kept standard with a more traditional rear wheel drive setup. Acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h takes 4.0 to 4.4 seconds, depending on model variant, and the top speed is 250 km/h (which is electronically limited).
Weight saving has been key to the latest generation S 63 AMG. The AMG forged light-alloy wheels, lightweight lithium-ion battery and weight-optimised AMG high-performance composite brake system help shed 100kg over the outgoing model, despite the technological weight gains. The entire outer skin of the S-Class, including the roof and the front end of the body, is made of aluminium. Even the spare wheel recess is made of carbon fibre!
The S 63 AMG features an AMG sports exhaust system which can be controlled through the different transmission mappings. The gearbox is the AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed sports transmission with three transmission modes – “C” (Controlled Efficiency), “S” (Sport) and “M” (Manual). The AMG 4MATIC all-wheel drive distributes the engine torque so that 33 percent goes to the front axle and 67 percent is sent to the rear axle. This retains some of that brutish rear-wheel drive AMG feeling!
Elsewhere, the S63 AMG gets the brilliant Magic Ride Control system fitted to the rear wheel drive options as standard (or so the press release leaves us to believe). This camera based system reads the road surface ahead and adjusts the suspension profile before you hit any bumps or potholes. It receives some attention from AMG engineers for the S 63 AMG. Four wheel drive versions will only be able to order AMG RIDE CONTROL sports suspension.
Inside, passengers and drivers get AMG sports seats with electrical adjustment, Memory function and seat heating. Nappa leather adorns the interior while AMG badges, an AMG steering wheel and a high-quality analogue clock in IWC design remind you that this isn’t a standard Mercedes-Benz!
Essentially three model variants are on offer. The first is the S 63 AMG Short wheelbase which is the prime option, offered in all markets. The second is the S 63 AMG Long wheelbase which is only available in right hand drive. The third is the S 63 AMG 4MATIC Long wheelbase available in all markets. Prices range from €149,880.50 for the S 63 AMG short wheelbase to €152,617.50 for the S 63 AMG 4MATIC long wheelbase. We’ll see it for the first time at the Frankfurt Motor Show 2013.