The long-awaited 2015 Mercedes-Benz S 63 AMG Coupe has just been revealed ahead of its worldwide public debut at the upcoming New York Auto Show 2014. As the current range-topping variant of the sexy S-Class Coupe, the new car borrows many of its technologies with the sedan variant and will go on sale later this year.
Replacing the CL63 AMG, the new Mercedes-Benz S 63 AMG Coupe is powered by a potent 5.5-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine delivering 577 hp at 5,500 rpm as well as a brutal 664 lb-ft of torque at a low 2,240 rpm. To put this into comparison, this is a 40 hp increase over the CL63 AMG. The massive engine is then mated to a seven-speed Speedshift automatic transmission. Interestingly, the new S 63 AMG Coupe can be ordered either in rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive configurations in Europe but in the U.S., the car is only available with the 4Matic all-wheel drive system. As for the all-wheel drive version, 33 per cent of the power is sent to the front axle with the remaining 67 per cent going to the rear wheels.
Despite its very heavy weight of 1,995 kg, Mercedes-Benz claims that the S 63 AMG Coupe can hit 100 km/h from a standstill in a mere 3.9 seconds with the all-wheel drive system and reach the same mark as a RWD in 4.3 seconds. Both have an electronically limited top speed of 300 km/h. Either way, the power is transmitted to the road through tyres measuring 255/40R 20 at the front and 285/35R 20 at the rear.
The Speedshift transmission offers three different driving modes to choose from: C (Controlled Efficiency), S (Sport) and M (Manual). A stop/start feature comes standard on the S 63 AMG . Helping to bring the new S 63 AMG Coupe to a stop are carbon ceramic AMG brakes as standard.
Also, the new 2015 Mercedes-Benz S 63 AMG is riding on the a similar air suspension setup to the standard S-Class Coupe albeit it has been stiffened for this much more performance oriented model. Just like the standard S-Class Coupe, the S 63 AMG Coupe comes standard with the firm’s stunning Magic Body Control system, a feature sadly missing from the S 63 AMG Sedan.
Importantly, Mercedes-Benz claims that the new S 63 AMG Coupe also features a new curve tilting function which is a world first for a series-production car. This system allows the S 63 AMG to enter corners in a more mannered approach aimed to improve the driving experience. While the German marque hasn’t revealed how the system works, it is certainly intriguing!
Finally, a very special Mercedes-Benz S 63 AMG Edition 1 will become available one year after the standard S 63 AMG Coupe reaches the market. It will feature a host of new interior features differentiating it from the regular car.