2018 Mercedes-Benz AMG S 63 Coupe

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in Midsize coupes
2018 MODEL

$167,700

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Overview

Critiquing the new Mercedes Benz AMG S 63 Coupe is like finding a scratch on a showroom fresh car. The world acclaimed S class luxury name merged with the traditional Benz 63 engine denomination, the car is a winner in every aspect. The new 2018 version comes with an array of updates including a downsized but more efficient engine, a series of latest driver assistance features, subtle design amendments and more.

Set on the base price of $167,700, the car hides a 4.0-liter twin-turbo engine which cranks out an impressive 603hp power and 664 pound feet of torque. The engine is backed with a 9-speed automatic transmission.

Although the new AMG S63 is yet to be crash tested in the US, the car comes with a cluster of safety features. Surround camera, collision prevention, ABS brakes and multi-stage stability control would be the key highlights for your safety regime. The car enters a tight market with BMW ALPINA B7 xDRIVE and Audi A8 Plus its straight competition.

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Pros

Deluxe look, feel, and power

Faultless built quality

Brimmed with safety features

Cons

The new steering doesn't share the same Deluxe tone

What's New?

New Panamericana front grill

Downsized engine

Improved areas in the exterior design.


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$167700

bodystyle

2dr Coupe

passenger capacity

4

drivetrain

AWD

engine type

displacement

243 cu. in.

horsepower

603 hp @ 5500 rpm

torque

664 lb.-ft. @ 2750 rpm

transmission

9-speed automatic

chassis

brake rotors (f/r)

14.2 in./15.4 in.

dimensions

wheelbase

115.9 in.

length

198.9 in.

width

75.3 in.

height

56 in.

curb weight

4586 lbs.

ground clearance

4.6 in.

performance

zero to 60 mph

3.8 sec.

standing ¼-mile

12.2 sec.

braking (70-0 mph)

165 ft.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

17/20/27 mpg

highway range

499.5 mi.

warranty

roadside assistance

No



Styles

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Magnetic Black Metallic

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Variant Name

MSRP


 2018 Mercedes-Benz AMG S 63 Coupe AMG S 63

AMG S 63

Fuel: N/A, Transmission: Manual, Seats: 4

$167,700

Configurations
AMG S 63 2dr Coupe AWD (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 9A)
Transmission: 9A MPG: (17/20/27)

Expert Review


carhp editor October 25, 2018

Set on the base price of $167,700, the car hides a 4.0-liter twin-turbo engine which cranks out an impressive 603hp power and 664 pound-feet of torque. The engine is backed with a 9-speed automatic transmission.

Features

The 2018 Mercedes Benz AMG S 63 Coupe though available in only one trim now comes with many major upgrades. One such notable upgrade is the 4.0 Liter twin turbo V8 engine with enhanced horsepower which has replaced the previous 5.5 Liter twin turbo V8. Looks like the Mercedes has finally succeeded in bridging the gaps between brute strength and finesse. Some other major upgrades include the new 9-speed automatic transmission, sleeker design, feature-filled interiors, etc.

Trims Mercedes S63 AMG Coupe
MSRP $167,700
Features

All LED interior and Exterior lighting

12.3-inch Infotainment system with 10GB music storage

9-Airbags

Magic Vision Control

Heated and Ventilated front seats

We Recommend

The absence of trims binds the buyer, but there is always room for improvement. We recommend you to buy the new Warmth & Comfort Package. Right from heated seats to the heated steering wheel, the system can really help to cut down some serious chills. With only an additional $1,990 you can experience the true comfort of the Mercedes S class.

Engine

The 2018 S-Class approaches the road with quiet dignity, accelerating effortlessly, riding like a dream, and doing its best to counteract its weight and size through turns. -thecarconnection

Engine and Transmission

The new S63 comes in with the BiTurbo 4.0 L V8 engine which churns out 603 hp of power and 664lb-ft of torque, delivered in a linear fashion. The 9-speed automatic transmission assists the engine to make S63 to back luxury with performance.

Models Mercedes-Benz AMG S63 Coupe Audi S8 Plus BMW ALPINA B7 xDrive Sedan
MSRP $167,700 $115,900 $138,800
Engine 4-litre bi-turbocharged V8 4-litre twin-turbocharged V8 4.4-litre twin-turbocharged V8
Transmission 9-Speed Automatic 8-Speed Automatic 8-Speed Automatic
Power 603hp @ 5500rpm 605hp @ 6100rpm 600hp @ 5750rpm
Torque 664 lb.-ft. @ 2750rpm 517 lb.-ft. @ 1750rpm 590 lb.-ft. @ 3,000rpm

The main difference maker here is the price, where the S63 and the BMW ALPINA B7 xDrive Sedan lie in the same court in terms of price, the Audi S8 plus comes at $30,000 short. The 3 share the same engine dynamics but the S63 victors in luxury driving. On the other side, the competition stays neutral amongst the trio when we consider power.

Acceleration

AMG S63 is known for its elite luxurious standards, it's not the type of car you want to race in. Still, if someone wants to try, the car will not disappoint, at least in a straight line. The 4matic superpower fuses so much torque in all the wheels that it can dash from 0 to 60mph in an impressive 3.4 seconds.

Models Mercedes-Benz AMG S63 4MATIC Audi S8 Plus BMW
0-60 km/h 3.4 sec 3.3 sec 3.6 sec
Quarter Mile 11.6 sec 11.6 sec 11.9 sec
Engine Displacement 4L 4L 4.4L
Emission (Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year) 8.8 9.8 9.3

The AMG S63 leaps head on to compete with Audi S8 with the S63 just a hair back. BMW, on the other hand, stays back and let the two compete with the 0.3-second difference. On a quarter mile run the S63 overcomes this adversity and stands right next to S8 plus. The BMW still lags behind with the 0.3-second difference.

Ride and Handling

The 2018 Mercedes AMG S63 has secured its place as a superior handling car. The buyer gets the standard S class air suspension too. Although there is a slight room for car roll, the overall experience is just a wonder. However, on high speed it might break predictability and response.

Braking

The AMG S63 enters this aspect with similar intensity and enthusiasm. The carbon ceramic brakes enhance the braking performance and halt the car in one push. It comes with a feature of detecting obstructions and deploying brakes automatically if required which is quite impressive.

Model Mercedes-Benz AMG S63 Coupe Audi S8 Plus BMW ALPINA B7 xDRIVE
Brake Front (in) 15.4 15.7 15.5
Brake Rear (in) 14.2 14 14.5
Curb Weight (lbs.) 4700 4685 4820
60-0 MPH (ft.) 157 156 151

Amongst the trio, the BMW shines as the real winner with a total of 151 feet halts from 60 to 0 mph, followed by Audi S8 Plus and the AMG S63. The 4700lbs. of curb weight lands the S63 at second position with BMW at 4820lbs. and Audi weighing about 4,685 pounds to be precise.

Fuel Economy

The makers of the new S63 feature high standards of fuel efficiency. Turns out it\u2019s not a brag after along, the car displays an impressive 17/27 MPG in city/ highway. Topping with the combined mileage of 21MPG makes 2018 AMG S63 a true fuel-efficient car.

Model Mercedes-Benz AMG S63 Coupe Audi S8 Plus BMW ALPINA B7 xDRIVE
mpg (city) 17 14 16
mpg (highway) 27 24 25
mpg (combined) 20.7 18.5 20

Both Audi S6 Plus and BMW ALPINA B7 xDrive fall behind with the combined mileage of 18.5 and 20 MPG here. The S 63 is built the best in terms of fuel economy amongst the trio.

Interior

Yes there's wood, and yes there's leather, but that's just the starting point for luxury in the 2017 S-Class. The attention to detail, fit, finish and materials practically dares you to find a flaw. - KBB

Seating and comfort

Being an S class, the car has to ace this aspect, and it gladly does so. The seats are beautifully carved in Nappa leather and the overall interior looks like a high-tech spacecraft. Other than that, the standard ventilated seats, massage function, and 12-way power adjustment are the real value for money features.

The makers were pretty generous when it came to personal space, still, the coupe roofline can create a little trouble for tall people with the 36.7 inches of headroom space.

Models Mercedes-Benz AMG S63 Audi S8 Plus BMW ALPINA B7 xDRIVE
Passenger Capacity 4 5 5
Passenger Volume N/A 92.5 97.2
Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in) 40/60.6/N/A 37.2/59.1/41.4 39.9/61.2/41.4
Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in) 36.7/54.1/N/A 38.1/57.8/38.7 38.9/61/44.4

The front headroom space on the S63 is more in the competition, while the rear headroom space is considerably lower than the both the S8 Plus and the BMW ALPINA B7 xDrive.

Infotainment System

The new addition in the infotainment section is the 2 large 12.3-inch digital display. One for the infotainment setting and the other would be for the gauges. The AMG comes standard with the necessary phone integration features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. But the most interactive feature of the car is the ability to unlock your car from your mobile device via an app.

  • Navigation system
  • Rearview camera
  • Bluetooth
  • USB ports, a satellite radio
  • Dual-zone climate control

Interior Features

Interior Features of the 2018 Mercedes Benz AMG S 63 Coupe includes:

  • Climate control for every passenger
  • Push start/stop button
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers
  • Rear massaging seats
  • Ambient lighting
  • Active Distance Assist

Cargo Volume

The cargo space is considerably lesser than its sedan counterpart. The total cargo volume was reduced to 14.1 cubic feet. The optional package comes with the polyethylene cargo tray which helps to protect your cargo mat from spillage and can be dusted separately.

Models Mercedes-Benz AMG S63 Coupe Audi S8 Plus BMW ALPINA B7 xDRIVE
Volume (ft.3) 14.1 14.2 18.2

The AMG S63 is out of the league in terms of cargo space. Both S63 and Audi share the same cargo volume but BMW ALPINA B7 xDRIVE being a massive sedan, wins by 4 units.

Exterior

The coupe is a true pillarless hardtop, while S600 and AMG models are distinguished by dual tailpipes and more aggressive front-end styling -KBB

A lot of things have changed for the new S63. The design is more refined than the old S63. The biggest improvement would be the new OLED taillights, alongside slight changes in the front and the rear bumpers. But the most notable change comes with the new Panamericana front grill. To sum up, the new AMG S63 is surely an improvement in terms of design.

Dimensions and Weight

There are slight changes in the overall dimensions of the car. These would include the overall length of 199 inches and the width of 75.3 inches. The new sidelines and font lines contribute perfectly with the long stretch of the coupe design.

Models Mercedes-Benz AMG S63 Coupe Audi S8 Plus BMW ALPINA B7 xDRIVE
Curb weight (lbs.) 5105 4685 4820
Length (in) 198.9 202.6 206.6
Width (in) 75.3 76.7 74.8
Height (in) 56 57.4 58.2
Ground clearance (in) N/A 4.5 5.3
Wheelbase (in) 115.9 117.9 126.4
Track width (in) F/R 64.7/64.7 64.3/63.9 63.7/64.8

When compared, the 2018 AMG S63 is inches shorter than its competition, 3 inches from the Audi S8 plus and 7 inches from the BMW ALPINA B7 xDRIVE. Similar numbers follow while comparing the height and the width of the three.

Exterior Features

Some exterior features include -

  • Hands-Free Entry
  • 2 One-Touch Power Windows
  • Reverse Tilt Passenger Mirror Provides Curb View When Vehicle In Reverse
  • Heated Mirrors

Safety

The 2018 S63 is yet to be tested on the US soil, still, the makes infused the car with all the optimum safety features they could. Active Brake assist, Attention assist, Adaptive High Beam assist, Crosswind assist and more.

Safety Features

Safety features include:

  • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -Inc.: Rear Center 3 Points, Height Adjusters and Pretensioners
  • First Aid kit
  • Child Seat Sensor and Rear Child Safety Locks
  • Collision Prevention Assist Plus Forward Collision
  • Backup Camera
  • Driver Knee Airbag and Rear Side-Impact Airbag
  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
  • ABS and Driveline Traction Control
  • Active Parking Assist Automated Parking Sensor
  • Lane Assist

Competition

Mercedes Benz AMG S 63 Coupe vs Audi A8 Plus

The new Mercedes Benz AMG S63 wins in many aspects but the price is not one of them. Audi A8 Plus comes on a reduced $30,000 and is a lucrative deal for the buyer. Right from direct handling to superior comfort Audi brings true value for your money. Even the infotainment features are more intuitive in the A8 Plus. Apparently luxury is the only thing where the S63 wins.

So, if you want a bang for your buck go for the A8 Plus, but if you are a person willing to invest in experiences then the 2018 Mercedes Benz AMG S63 is your car.

Mercedes Benz AMG S 63 Coupe vs BMW ALPINA B7 xDRIVE

The BMW ALPINA B7 xDRIVE is offered on an overlapping price with the AMG S63, which makes it a perfect rival. The S63 wins in almost every aspect, better acceleration, handing, and an enhanced drive experience makes S63 the obvious choice. The BMW is one up on the large legroom and headroom space, but its manageable as the space in the AMG S63 is more than enough.

There are no fractions or difficult decisions, AMG S63 is just the better car.

Final Verdict

The AMG S63 Coupe is for the wealthy front of the population. People who appreciate luxury and enjoy what they drive, that\u2019s the kind of people who would buy this car. Although it\u2019s also a performance-savvy car at some points but its true selling point would be the tasteful interior and luxurious tone.

To encapsulate, the 2018 AMG S63 is a power packed car decorated in comfort and design, shoppers looking for those thing will appreciate the AMG 63 as well.

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