Today Mercedes-Benz released its AMG version of the recently unveiled S-Class coupe at the New York International Auto Show (NYIAS). The latest model combines these two styles, maintaining the “A-Wing” front valence design of the S-Class with the addition of black accents around the intake openings. The single grille slat of the standard S-Class coupe is replaced by the AMG’s twin-blade grille with two narrower slats alongside the large Mercedes-Benz star symbol. Finally, the rear bumper has a black diffuser insert placed between the four rectangular exhaust tips.
All S-Class AMGs are S models by default, meaning that the S63 AMG coupe will only be available with a 4MATIC all-wheel drive system in the US. Despite this, the coupe will include the AMG’s hand-built, twin-turbo 5.5-liter V8 engine producing 577 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque. The car will also include an AMG Speedshift MCT seven-speed sport transmission. This strength counteracts the necessary 4MATIC system particularly with the help of the AMG-tuned system’s near-biased 33/67 torque split.
The vehicle will include a standard start-stop system and an AMG-specific seven-speed automatic transmission that also comes standard. The S63 is capable of going 0-60 mph in approximately 3.9 seconds and can reach a top speed of 186 mph.
Mercedes-Benz focused heavily on reducing the weight for the S63 AMG coupe, which is 140 pounds less than the CL63 AMG but still weighs-in at a hearty 4,400 pounds. This loss is achieved through the use of aluminum in the front structure and body panels, as well as a lightweight lithium-ion battery, optional forged 20-inch alloy wheels, and weight-optimized available AMG ceramic breaks.
Unique to the AMG model is its AIRMATIC air suspension system with larger stabilizer bars and a stiffer rear subframe carrier. The AMG sport exhaust system uses selected driving modes to open and close exhaust flaps to the rear mufflers, altering the sound of the force-fed V8 engine on command.
The S63 AMG coupe retains the strength of an AMG under the hood and incorporates its sporty feel into the S-class coupe interior design. The “hovering” central display is much like the S-class sedan with high-resolution Thin Film Transistor (TFT) color, two animated round dials, and an innovative touchpad for the central display. Seats of the AMG sport are upholstered in Nappa leather and adorned with AMG badges on the seatbacks. Additionally, the steering wheel is a three-spoke AMG style with column-mounted paddle shifters.
This latest model from Mercedes-Benz not only furthers its dedication to striking design and modern luxury, but includes countless valuable safety features like the PRE-SAFE brake with pedestrian detection, steering assistance, active lane-keeping assistance, and surround view camera.
The S63 AMG 4Matic Coupe will be available Fall 2014.