Talk about jumping in the deep end. We spent three hours together driving from Bathurst to Sydney following this year’s 12 Hour endurance race.
To be honest, I reckon a big drive is a great option. Sure, you’re in close quarters for a while, but it gives you the chance to really start to get to know each other.
Personally I’m not quite the performance luxo-barge crowd – I like my affairs a little on the smaller, lighter side – but it’s hard to argue that the new Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG coupe is anything other than hot.
Yeah. As before, white quilted leather seats, bling Swarovski crystal touches (well, one on the centre console slider handle), thousands of gadgets and a digital dash are all not my pick but again, the thing (generally) oozes class and opulence.
It’s hard to ignore the fact that the S63 AMG Coupe is a two-tonne, 5.0-metre-plus super luxury coupe that can hustle from 0-100km/h in 4.2 seconds but along with it ridiculousness, the Magic Body Control’s new curve tilting function is pretty cool – causing the vehicle to lean into bends by up to 2.65 degrees.
Surprisingly easy to just jump into and feel immediately comfortable in, the big S-Class coupe did frustrate with glitchy Bluetooth audio and, for me, an overkill of buttons and menus and options and settings.
Far more likely to be a Benz family’s second car, the S63 AMG is hugely comfortable for those up front, but with a sloping roofline and seats tucked in close behind the front passengers, rear occupant space isn’t what you’d call ‘family friendly’.
Generally with cars, as the starting price increases, the cost of servicing the thing also tends to climb. The S63 AMG Coupe is, however, covered by Mercedes-Benz’s three-year/unlimited kilometre warranty, with services due annually or every 20,000km. Standard scheduled servicing costs can be fixed for a set term too via the car maker’s Silver Service Plan – there is a Platinum Service Plan, though, this is not available for AMG models.
It starts at $409,000 *cough*.
Having the chance to get frisky with a 430kW/900Nm S63 AMG Coupe and its twin-turbocharged 5.5-litre V8 should never be underestimated. But I’m a realist and I will never see this sort of cash. And if I did, I’d likely ‘waste’ it on a restored Japanese classic… and a house.
If you do have this sort of coin readily available then the flagship S63 ain’t a bad way to go. You can spend a little less and get the sedan, or spend less again and get yourself into the likes of an Aston Martin Rapide or Audi S8. At this end of the spectrum, there’s also a certain Bentley brand that might take your fancy.
The Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG Coupe is impeccably fast and class. Not on my ‘I want’ list, anyone looking for one of the ultimate automotive indulgences need look no further.