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2017 Mercedes-Benz AMG S 63 Sedan

2017 MODEL

$144,700

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Overview

It’s a popular belief that outright performance and luxurious opulence in a car do not come hand in hand. You can have either of them but not both together. The folks at AMG wanted that notion to change. This time, they took the humbly luxurious S-class and stacked it up with a gorgeous, hand built Bi-Turbo V8 engine. The German’s used their brains further and put in the most amount of technology into the car and there you have it – the Mercedes AMG S63 Sedan – the best car in the world just got better.

The burbling, Bi-turbo V8 engine produces 577 horsepower and 664 ft-lbs of torque. Power travels through an 8-speed gearbox to all the four wheels. The cabin boasts of lots of leather, metal and carbon fiber blended together beautifully to make one of the most desirable interiors. You should be rich enough if you are thinking to buy this car so you do not mind paying a fortune at $144,700 which could extend well over $175,000 if you plan to pack in a few fancy options.

Could the other Germans let the S63 go uncontested? Certainly not. The BMW M760i, the Audi S8 and oh, there’s an Italian too – the Maserati Quattroporte GTS. Quite a bunch full of cars with some great power and a price tag that could feed an entire village for a month!

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Pros

Powerful V8 engine

Great Body Control

Very smooth ride Quality

Well-crafted interiors

Cons

The design seems understated for what it is but then again, that’s a subjective choice. It’s really difficult to fault this car otherwise.

What's New?

9-speed automatic transmission

New 18-inch standard wheels

Some reconfigured color combos

Magic Sky Control panoramic glass roof


Features

Power

577 hp

664 torq

MPG

15 city

23 hwy

Engine

v8 cyl

5.5 disp

transmission

7A

0 to 60

4.1



Variant Name

MSRP


 2017 Mercedes-Benz AMG S 63 Sedan AMG S 63

AMG S 63

Fuel: Premium unleaded (required), Transmission: Manual, Seats: 5

$144,700

Configurations
AMG S 63 4dr Sedan AWD (5.5L 8cyl Turbo 7A)
Transmission: 7A MPG: (15/18/23)

Expert Review


carhp editor Last updated 13 days ago

The burbling, Bi-turbo V8 engine produces 577 horsepower and 664 ft-lbs of torque. Power travels through an 8-speed gearbox to all the four wheels. The cabin boasts of lots of leather, metal and carbon fiber blended together beautifully to make one of the most desirable interiors. You should be rich enough if you are thinking to buy this car so you do not mind paying a fortune at $144,700 which could extend well over $175,000 if you plan to pack in a few fancy options.

Features

The AMG treatment in the S-class comes in two states of tune – the S63 and the S65. The S63 comes with a Bi-turbo V8 engine producing 577 horsepower and 664 lbs-ft. The S65 comes with a bigger turbocharged V12 engine which produces 621 horsepower and 738 lbs-ft of torque. All features remains relatively the same across both the variations but the difference remains largely the engine. 

Trim

Mercedes-AMG S63 Sedan

Mercedes-AMG S65 Sedan

MSRP

$144,700

$226,900

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Key

Features

AMG Dynamic Select

AMG Dynamic Select

AMG Cylinder Management

AMG Cylinder Management

AMG Adaptive Sport Suspension

AMG electronic limited-slip differential

AMG electronic limited-slip differential

AMG Adaptive Sport Suspension

Race Start function

Race Start function

Handcrafted cabin

Handcrafted cabin

All-LED exterior lighting

6.0L, Bi-turbo V12 engine producing 621 hp and 738 lbs-ft

All-LED interior lighting

 

Advanced AMG instrumentation and controls

 

20-inch AMG 5-spoke wheels

 

Illuminated door sills

 

Energizing Comfort Control

 

Black Poplar wood trim

 

AMG body styling

 

We’d Recommend:

The AMG S63 is the better choice of the two as it’s insanely powerful and really is all the car you’d need. Of course, more numbers are certainly more lucrative and while the V12 engine in the S65 offers more power, the premium over the S63 is too much and does not make much a sweet deal. Trust us, you’d be more than happy with the S63 itself.

Engine

The 5.5L, Bi-turbo, V8 engine produces 577 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 664 lbs-ft of torque at 2,250 rpm. The engine is an absolute beast like you would expect an AMG engine to be. Light inputs to the throttle is rewarded with generous surge of power and yet, the engine remains very refined and smooth. The engine arguably is the best part about the car because it’s so effortless in its character. The numbers are of course there and it delivers as hugely as its numbers are but what’s most pleasing is how it delivers the power.

Models

Maserati Quattroporte GTS

Mercedes-AMG S63 Sedan

BMW M760i

Audi S8

MSRP

$145,500

$144,700

$153,800

$115,900

Engine

3.8L, Twin turbocharged, V8 engine

AMG, 5.5L, V8, Biturbo engine

6.6L, V12, Turbo Supercharged engine

4.0, Twin Turbocharged, V8 engine

Transmission

8-speed shiftable automatic

7 speed AMG speedshift automatic

8-speed shiftable automatic 

8-speed shiftable automatic

Horsepower

523 hp @ 6,500 rpm

577 hp @ 5,500

601 hp @ 5500 rpm

605 hp @ 6100 rpm

Torque

524 ft-lbs. @ 2,250 rpm

664 ft-lbs@ 2,250 - 3,750

590 ft-lbs @ 1500 rpm

517 ft-lbs @ 1750 rpm

The 7-speed automatic gearbox is an absolute breeze too. In the comfort mode, it changes gears in the blink of an eye but you’d never know when it was changed. When you dial up the drive modes, the gear changes become all the more rapid and in the Sports+ mode, you really feel it changing, to much delight.

The AMG V8 is not the most powerful engine in the comparison here, as the Audi and the BMW have more numbers up their sleeves. That said, very few engines could really match the drama and the engine of the AMG. The Maserati, BMW and the Audi are all driven by 8-speed gearboxes while the Mercedes has a 7-speed.

Acceleration

Models

Maserati Quattroporte GTS

Mercedes-AMG S63 Sedan

BMW M760i

Audi S8

0-60 MPH

4.1 seconds

3.9 seconds

3.5 sec

3.7 sec

Quarter mile

12.2 seconds

12.3 seconds

11.2 sec

11.6 sec

Engine

3.8L

5.5L

6.6 Liters

4.0L

Emission

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

10.3

9.8

NA

9.8

The AMG S63 sprints from a standstill to 60 mph in just 3.9 seconds. It’s not the fastest sedan in the segment as the Beemer and the Audi do it in 3.5 seconds and 3.7 seconds but it’s very fast for a luxury sedan and considering how big and heavy a car this is. The four wheel drive system helps to put down the power on the road very efficiently and the Launch control system is pretty efficient too.

Ride and Handling

The AMG S63 handles like you would not expect from such a large car. The thing about the S63 is that it’s very intelligent. There are sensors which read the road ahead of you and prepare the suspension for the upcoming bump or pothole. When you actually hit the imperfection, the car seamlessly glides over it and you do not feel a thing.

Comfortable ride quality means body roll around corners? On no, Mercedes thought about that as well. As the car goes into a corner, the suspension automatically makes the car lean into the corner to minimize body roll. There are an entire slew of tech features to keep this car sure footed. It’s intelligent and its all very good. The steering is easy and rightly weighted. It’s not as sharp as Beemer but it’s very precise and you can always take the car where you are pointing it to.

Braking

Model

Maserati Quattroporte GTS

Mercedes-AMG S63 Sedan

BMW M760i

Audi S8

Brake Front (in.)

15

15.4

14.7

15.7

Brake Rear (in.)

13.6

14.2

14.5

14.0

Curb Weight (lbs.)

4189

4,806

5128

4685

70-0 MPH (ft.)

156

156

151

156

The AMG S63 comes to halt from 70 mph in 156 ft. The Maserati and the Audi too take 156 ft to come to a stop but they are lighter than the Mercedes. The Beemer takes 151 ft for the same inspite of being the heaviest car in the class. Irrespective of numbers, the brakes are very strong and provide great stopping power with good feel from the pedals. There is the option of carbon ceramics but the standard steel brakes are just great too.

Fuel Economy

The Mercedes AMG S63 is one of the most fuel efficient cars in the segment. It returns 18 miles to the gallon combined which ties it with the Audi S8. Also, an 18 mpg combined is indeed a very good figure for a luxury sports sedan.

Model

Maserati Quattroporte GTS

Mercedes-AMG S63 Sedan

BMW M760i

Audi S8

MPG (city)

15

15

13

15

MPG (highway)

22

23

20

24

MPG (combined)

17

18

16

18

Interior

The interiors too are carried over from the S-class. The biggest highlight of the interiors still remain the dual 12.3 inch infotainment system. A beautiful wood trim wraps around the entire cabin and makes you feel cocooned. It’s an amalgamation of leather, wood and carbon fiber blended together so well indeed.

All materials used are of top-notch quality and it exudes luxury very few cars in the auto industry can match. The two-spoke steering wheel looks sophisticated and the flowing lines all around the cabin give it a real sense of style. What really wows you are the intricate stitchings all around and the finishing on the wood surfaces.

Seating and Comfort

Mercedes has yet again nailed it with the best seats in class. They have heating, cooling and massaging functions and the active bolstering is simply amazing. The seats actually provide active lateral support to hold you well around a corner. They are very, very comfortable indeed.

The AMG S63 has the second best legroom after the BMW M760i. However, both the Audi and the Beemer have better head room than the Mercedes. Still, there is all the space you’d ever need and honestly, it is this cabin which has the best sense of occasion.

Model

Maserati Quattroporte GTS

Mercedes-AMG S63 Sedan

BMW M760i

Audi S8

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

NA

39.7/59.7/41.4

39.9/59.2/41.4

37.2/59.1/41.4

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

NA

37.4/59.1/43.1

38.9/57.7/44.4

38.1/57.8/38.7

Infotainment System

We have seen the dual 12.3 inch infotainment screens on the standard S-class and that already offers you all the tech in the world. The COMAND system is controlled via a touchpad and a rotary knob on the center console. There are also buttons on the steering wheel for easy access of the same.

The system is easy to use and all the controls fall easily in hand with several short cut buttons for major functions around the center console. The 26-speaker Burmester Audio system is probably the best in class and the speakers are beautifully crafted looking like a piece of art in themselves.

Interior Features

  • Race Start function
  • Handcrafted cabin
  • All-LED interior lighting
  • Advanced AMG instrumentation and controls
  • Energizing Comfort Control
  • Black Poplar wood trim

Exterior

The AMG S63 looks mostly like an S-Class except for a few styling tweaks here and there. The front bumpers have been revised with some black inserts and the grille wears the AMG badge. Apart from these, there are no other differences to tell it apart from the standard S-class. At the sides, there are two beautiful character lines from the front fenders to the rear door like we have seen other Mercedes’ too.

The C-pillar flows down to meet the muscular rear fenders and towards the rear, black inserts in the diffuser and quad exhaust set it apart from the standard S-class. It’s pretty understated but a beautiful looking car. Nothing about its looks inspires sportiness though.

Exterior Dimensions

Model

Maserati Quattroporte GTS

Mercedes-AMG S63 Sedan

BMW M760i

Audi S8

Curb weight (lbs.)

4189

4,806

5128

4685

Length(in)

207.2

208.1

206.6

202.6

Width(in)

76.7

75.0

74.9

76.7

Height(in)

58.3

59.0

58.2

57.4

Ground clearance (in)

NA

5.3

5.3

4.6

Wheelbase (in)

124.8

124.6

126.4

117.9

Track width (in) F/R

64.3/64.8

64.6 / 64.7

63.5/64.6

64.3/63.9

The AMG S63 is the longest sedan here in the competition and it sure commands a lot of presence on the road due to its massive size. It is also the tallest. However, in spite of that huge length, the Maserati and the BMW have a longer wheelbase at 124.8 in and 126.4 in respectively. It is also the second heaviest vehicle here after the Beemer.

Exterior Features

  • All-LED exterior lighting
  • 20-inch AMG 5-spoke wheels
  • Illuminated door sills
  • AMG body styling
  • Quad Exhaust Pipes

Safety

When you have got that much power and speed, you need that much safety to keep you safe while you explore all that madness. The AMG S63 sure has got your back there. It gets all the safety features that you get with the standard S-class. It even has some level of autonomous driving technology and it actually functions efficiently given the conditions are right.

  • Surround-view camera system
  • Collision Prevention System with adaptive brake assist
  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Blindspot Monitoring System
  • Rear-Cross Traffic Alert
  • Lane Keep Assist
  • Pre-safe Braking with Pedestrian Detection

Competition

Mercedes AMG S63 vs Maserati Quattroporte GTS

The AMG S63 is by far the most complete luxury sports sedan that you can buy. Its powerful, it’s luxurious and it’s loaded with technology. There is nothing quite beating this Mercedes when it comes to technology and luxury. It has one of the best back seats in the entire car industry and its safety features list is perhaps as long as the name Quattroporte itself.

The AMG engine is an absolute beast and it clearly outperforms the Maserati in that aspect. The base price of the AMG S63 is still lesser than the Maserati but with options the price can get extended by quite a lot. Still, the AMG S63 is the better pick of the two.

Mercedes AMG S63 vs BMW M760i

The BMW M760i is a driver’s limousine. It’s not more luxurious or more tech loaded than Mercedes but it’s no less either. It’s just that the technology and luxury quotient in the Mercedes seems too fancy and flamboyant whereas the one in the BMW is like the suited gentleman.

Where the BMW really impresses is with its drive as it’s much more engaging. Also, the engine in the Beemer is a V12 with more numbers but it’s just not about the numbers but how well the Beemer capitalizes on its potential. Yes, it is more expensive but the extra performance you get with that premium seems worth it.

Mercedes AMG S63 vs Audi S8

The S8 is a proper stealth. It has the most powerful engine and is the fastest as well. It’s very understated visually but it packs a real punch inside. It pulls like a beast and it’s so well balanced in terms of ride quality and handling. It’s plush when you need it to be and it takes on corners amazingly when you find that perfect mountain road.

Both these cars seem to be very versatile but where the Audi is mechanically versatile, the AMG S63 is very intelligently versatile. The Mercedes, however clearly has the upper hand in terms of technology and luxury quotient. Where the Audi really makes its deal is that its starting price is $30,000 less than the AMG S63.

Final Verdict

The AMG S63 seems to do it all. It’s extravagantly luxurious and it’s insanely sporty too. The best part about the S63 is that it has combined both these characteristics really well. It will cater to your sophistication and yet when nobody’s looking, you can unleash the hooligan in you.

What’s also very impressive about the AMG S63 is that it’s a very intelligent car and there are an entire host of computers and sensors optimizing each aspect of the car to make it what it is. If the Germans are known for their engineering, the AMG S63 has to be one of the finest examples of it. It is a pricy car, of course, but then if you have this one, we doubt you’d need any other.

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