The 2014 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG has officially broken cover. Set to premier at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September, the new model comes with an aggressive body kit that consists of a new front bumper with large air intakes, chunkier side sills, larger 19-inch alloy wheels and a quad exhaust setup which tells everyone you mean business.
At the heart of the fastest S-Class is an updated Euro 6-compliant twin-turbo 5.5-litre V8 engine that punches out 436kW (585hp) and 900Nm of torque. The direct-injected petrol engine is equipped with Piezo injectors and an all-aluminium crankcase with four valves per cylinder (with camshaft adjustment).
The powerful engine is also built with an air-to-water intercooler and comes with an ECO start/stop function. It is mated with AMG’s seven-speed SPEEDSHIFT MCT sports transmission with three modes: “C” (Controlled Efficiency), “S” (Sport) and “M” (Manual).
Thanks to the AMG forged alloy wheels, a lightweight lithium-ion battery (-20kg) and a lighter two piece braking system, the new S63 AMG is up to 100kg lighter than the outgoing model. Aluminium is also used for the car’s front end and roof, while the spare wheel recess is made from carbon fibre.
The short wheelbase model tips the scale at 1,970kg with the fuel tank 90 per cent filled but without driver and luggage. The long wheelbase model weighs 1,995kg in the same conditions.
Despite its weight, the 2014 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG takes just 4.4 seconds to sprint to three digits, for both long and short wheelbase variants. Those choosing the all-wheel drive 4MATIC long-wheelbase model get there even quicker, taking just 4 seconds. All three models are electronically-limited to a top speed of 250km/h.
Official fuel consumption is rated at 10L/100km for the rear-wheel drive variants and 10.3L/100km for the 4MATIC model, with CO2 emissions of 237g/km for the former, and 242g/km for the all-wheel drive model.
To save even more weight, customers can option their S63 AMG with the AMG ceramic high-performance composite brakes that are 20 per cent lighter than the standard items. The system has 420mm front brake discs and is specially painted with AMG Carbon Ceramic logo.
Like the rest of the S-Class range, the rear-wheel drive S63 AMG is equipped with Magic Body Control which uses a stereo camera built into the back of the windscreen to scan the road ahead an alter its suspension damping accordingly to compensate road irregularities to individual or multiple wheels at once.
The 2014 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG go on sale in Europe at the end of the year.