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UK Drive: Mercedes-AMG S 63 Coupe

Friday24 February 2017

UK Drive: Mercedes-AMG S 63 Coupe
Summary

The S 63 is there to toe the line between the comfortable S Coupe and the full-fat S 65. However, don’t think it’s some soft, wallowy barge – as it’s extremely far from that.

At the prod of the throttle all 579bhp from the 5.5-litre V8 engine can be deployed, forcing you back into the exquisitely padded seats. However, there are some systems at work to keep this ferocity at bay, namely a new ‘curve tilting’ function, which leans the car ever so slightly to reduce the feeling of cornering for the passengers. It’s a function that you can barely feel working, but one which helps increase the luxurious driving experience that the S 63 provides.

Lightweight materials have also been used extensively in the coupe, meaning that it’s now 65kg lighter than the model it replaces.

Looks & Image

There are few cars that exude such a premium image like the Mercedes-Benz S Class. As an AMG, it takes on an all new form with massive doors and a huge bonnet adding to the drama of a car that costs well in excess of £100,000.

However, for that price you do get a high level of build quality. It’s clear to see that the S 63 has been designed with luxury in mind. When you close the door, an automatically extending lever passes you the seatbelt. When you press the starter button, the V8 crackles into life before settling into a quality thrum. It’s elements such as these which help the S 63 give off a feeling of incredible luxury.

Space & Practicality

With such a long body and only two doors, it’s easy to access the S 63’s cabin. Those in the back don’t have any trouble getting in and out either, thanks to front seats which automatically move forward.

The level of technology fitted to the S 63 is also impressive. Standard safety kit includes adaptive braking, drowsy driver alert and a traffic sign reader.

Behind the Wheel

It can be quite an intimidating experience jumping behind the S 63’s wheel for the first time. The cockpit is vast, with the two 12.3-inch displays spread elegantly across much of the dash. It immediately feels very large, and when coupled with the huge amount of power under your right foot, it can be a touch scary.

However, once you’re up and running the size of the car becomes less noticeable. Switch into one of the two sport modes and the whole car sharpens up, with its steering becoming impressively direct for a car of this size. 

There is one issue – traction. Unless the road is bone-dry, you’ll find the rear wheels happily unsticking themselves on even part throttle, which means that you’ll want to drive more tentatively to get the best from it. It’s a huge amount of fun, but it could become tiresome during everyday driving.

Value for Money

It’s hard to discuss value for money when you’re talking about a car that costs the same as many flats. There is a huge amount of standard equipment however, which is necessary given the price.

One of the most noticeable features is infra-red vision. This system can spot a person or animal at the side of the road when driving at night, and will relay the infra-red footage back to the driver with a red box surrounding the potential hazard. It’s a fantastically futuristic system, albeit one which commands a £2,080 premium.

Who would buy one ?

The S 63 Coupe is aimed squarely at those who want unparalleled comfort accompanied by extraordinary performance. It’s expensive, that’s for sure, but with its large boot and cossetting ride, it’s the perfect long-distance cruiser.

Facts at a Glance

Model: Mercedes-AMG S 63 Coupe
Engine: 5.5-litre petrol V8 (579bhp, 900Nm)
Transmission: Seven-speed automatic
Performance: 0-60mph in 4.2 seconds, 155mph top speed
Economy: 28mpg (combined)
Emissions: 237g/km

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