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Mercedes-Benz S 63 AMG (W222) 2013

The Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG has been revealed ahead of its official unveiling at September’s Frankfurt motor show.

The all-new S63 AMG will become the performance flagship in Mercedes-Benz Australia’s sixth-generation S-Class sedan line-up, arriving in local showrooms in December with an anticipated price tag close to $400,000.

The new Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG is powered by a retuned version of its predecessor’s 5.5-litre V8 petrol engine. The twin-turbocharged powerplant produces 430kW of power at 5500rpm and 900Nm of torque between 2250-3750rpm – representing an increase of 30kW/100Nm over the current S63 AMG, and 10kW over the current model with the optional performance package.

Mercedes-Benz S 63 AMG (W222) 2013

The power boost sees the new S63 AMG slice one tenth of a second off its 0-100km/h sprint time, stopping the clock at 4.4sec. A new all-wheel-drive long-wheelbase version slashes that time to 4.0sec, though like the all-wheel-drive E63 AMG, it will be produced only in left-hand drive and will therefore not be available in Australia.

Despite the performance gains, combined cycle fuel consumption improves five per cent to 10.1 litres per 100km, while CO2 emissions average 237g/km, meeting Euro 6 standards.

Weighing 1970-1995kg depending on wheelbase length, Mercedes says the S63 AMG is now up to 100kg lighter than before largely thanks to its adoption of 19-inch AMG forged light alloy wheels, a lithium-ion battery, and weight-optimised AMG high-performance composite brakes. Lightweight aluminium is also used for the front end of the body and the roof, while carbonfibre is installed in the spare wheel recess.

Mercedes-Benz S 63 AMG (W222) 2013

The AMG sports exhaust system with exhaust flaps works in tandem with the seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission’s three driving modes – Controlled Efficiency, Sport and Manual – to provide engine sounds to suit the dynamism of the selected mode.

Rear-wheel-drive S63 AMGs are fitted standard with Mercedes’ new Magic Body Control suspension system, which uses a windscreen-mounted camera to recognise road surface undulations and adjust the suspension in advance to suit the conditions.

Mercedes-Benz S 63 AMG (W222) 2013

The S63 is distinguished from the rest of the new S-Class range by its aggressively styled front end with gaping air intakes and chrome splitter, ‘V8 BITURBO’ badging, black diffuser and chrome-tipped quad exhaust outlets.

Unique interior touches include an AMG sports steering wheel with aluminium shift paddles, carbonfibre dash inserts, IWC analogue clock, embossed AMG logo on the centre console lid, and AMG-specific displays in the digital instrument cluster.

  • dave

    4 secs to 100…that’s very imressive

    • Why?

      Why is 4 sec impressive for a car costing $400,000?! Some cars the price of this Merc’s on roads costs perform almost as well

      • Phil

        it’s impressive because it is a big, luxury limo. Imagine your loungeroom accelerating as quickly as a ZL1 Camaro. I bet even you would be impressed by that.

      • marc

        ..because this is first class, versus Tiger Air

    • Zaccy16

      it is extremly impressive! its a 2 tonne car! and the official fuel consumption figure is even better!

      • mike

        Lol @ official German fuel figures… same as my accord..right. Other than that, the car is absolutely stunning though.

    • marc

      ..until I saw Honda’s ride-on mower on the other page!

  • Wi-Tu Lo

    My next new trade in.

    • Sum Ting Wong

      Definitely over the first born.

      • Bang-Ding Ow

        I will sell my house to live in it. But first I have to find a new job.

        • Vti07

          Why hasn’t Ho replied?

    • Zaccy16

      mine too! just lend me $400,000!

  • MisterZed

    900 nm is a big jump from the current model’s 800. I thought the 7GTRONIC transmission had a torque limit of around 800 which is why they couldn’t go beyond it. The S65 has 1000 nm and has to stick with the 5-speed.

    • Josh K

      That’s what I thought aswell.. But the new v12 models eg.s600 will feature a 7speed. Whether it is the 7GTRONIC I don’t know.

      • matt

        as far as I have read there is a 9 speed g-tronic under development or about to come out, im sure it was ment to be part of the S-Klass update, all the while upgrading the 7-speed g-tronic to handel extra torque and replace the old 5 speeder.

  • Zaccy16

    Thats a impressive car! 900 nm of torque is amazing!

  • c3vzn

    It looks expensive but not $400,000 expensive…

    • Josh K

      That’s where the subtlety comes in. I too would be laughing my head off leaving GT3’s at the lights, whilst in enjoying a hot stone massage in total luxury :)

  • crouchy35

    BEAST. Can we option an extra spoke on the steering wheel?

  • Sumpguard

    Benz are really on top of their game at the moment. Brilliant car .
    Ohh almost forgot. Go the Maroons!!

  • LC

    I still can’t get over the fact they called it the “Magic Body Control”. Couldn’t they come up with a better name?

    Nice car overall though, even if it’s well outside of most of our budgets.

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  • Cl1ff0

    Don’t know about that steering wheel

    • Zandit75

      All I see is a smiley face!!!

  • Peter

    I have a severe case of touch screen envy

  • nugsdad

    I’m sure CA will still give the new Golf more stars than this.

    • matt

      lol coz it comes with a DSG? rofl…. makes me wonder if a Chery J1 came with a DSG, would it become the new darling child of the Australian Automotive Media.

    • Igaal

      As it bloody should since it’s the best car you can get for the money and it only cost 23k not 400k

  • Vv c.f. g

    Good for towing a trailer

    • Mikka

      Good for towing the moon….

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