The BMW 8 Series has come into existence again (here’s the story). It will go on sale in November this year. However, one of BMW’s chief rivals takes the 8 Series as a serious threat. This rival is Mercedes-Benz and its response to the 8 Series is a new-look S-Class coupe. However, it is not a plain-jane coupe but more like a range-topper. This car is the Mercedes-AMG S 63 coupe and it has its eyes set on not the 8 Series but the (soon-to-be-real) M8. The S 63 coupe has been launched in India for a price of Rs 2.55 crore (ex-showroom). Let’s see what the BMW M8 will have to face when it becomes a reality.
|Specifications||Mercedes-AMG S 63 Coupe|
|Price||Rs 2.55 crore (ex-showroom)|
|Engine||32-valve, direct-injected, twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 petrol|
|Transmission||8-speed AMG Speedshift MCT 9G automatic|
|Front Suspension||Independent, AMG multi-link (4 links) with adjustable adaptive dampers|
|Rear Suspension||Independent, AMG multi-link (5 links) with adjustable adaptive dampers|
|Front Brake||390mm discs with six-piston calipers|
|Rear Brake||360mm discs with single piston calipers|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||80 litres (reserve capacity of 12 litres)|
What’s new about the Mercedes-AMG S 63 coupe?
The Mercedes-AMG S 63 coupe has got a mid-cycle refresh. As a result, it now gets a few visual tweaks like the AMG Panamericana grille that reminds one of the crazy Beast of the Green hell (i.e. the AMG GT-R). Up front, the car’s air intakes have grown in size too. New alloy wheels (measuring 19 inches and 5 twin-spoke design), and side skirts with chrome elements round up changes on the either side. The rear of the car features new diffuser insert and quad exhaust pipes (two horizontally-stacked units on either side).
The car’s exterior design remains as sharp as ever with that long hood, low-slung roof, and short rear deck. The facelift has brought some changes to the interior of the car too (which is quite luxurious and opulent). Now available inside the S 63 coupe are Nappa leather upholstery, AMG badges on all seats’ backrests, and a 12.3-inch TFT touchscreen display. While it may be a mid-cycle update for the Mercedes-AMG S 63 coupe, it does make for a more well-rounded car than before.
The Mercedes-AMG S 63 coupe is powered by a 32-valve, direct-injected, twin-turbo, 4.0-litre V8 petrol (it also gets cylinder deactivation tech). This engine makes 612HP power and (mind-boggling) 900Nm torque. This engine is mated to a nine-speed AMG Speedshift MCT 9G gearbox. As a result, the car can go from 0-100kmph in just 3.5 seconds. The coupe’s top speed is limited to 250kmph (can be increased to 300kmph when owners opt for AMG Driver’s package).
Suspension duties on the car are handled by AMG multi-link (4 links) setup at the front and AMG multi-link (5-link) setup at the rear. All corners get air springs with adaptive adjustable damping. Braking up front is handled by 390mm discs with six-piston calipers while the rear gets 360mm discs with single piston calipers.The Mercedes-AMG S 63 coupe is 5,051mm long, 1,913mm wide, and 1,428mm high. Its wheelbase spans 2,945mm in length.
There are AMG Dynamic Select drive modes offered in the coupe, along with the AMG performance exhaust system. The S 63 uses radar-based driving assistance features. These include Distronic Active Distance Assist feature that helps keep in check the coupe’s distance to the vehicle in front (at speed of up to of 210kmph). The car can also brake with 50 per cent of its maximum power when needed. Active Steering Assist feature helps the car stay in its lane at speeds of up to 210kmph.
Is the Mercedes-AMG S 63 worth consideration?
Since the BMW M8 is yet to exist, the Mercedes-AMG S 63 is the best performance luxury coupe one can opt for. It has monstrous power, head-turning looks, and is perhaps the most luxurious offering in its class (unless one counts bespoke rivals like the Continental GT as well). That grille is a dead giveaway of this car’s true intentions of not playing second-fiddle to any of its rivals (just like the AMG GT-R).
Just consider this for once – the BMW M850i uses a bigger engine but does not make more power or torque than this car. That fact alone should make one walk up to a Mercedes showroom and get themselves the S 63 coupe. Desirability was never this powerful and opulent at the same time. Moreover, until the M8 comes into existence, this is actually the best two-door coupe to buy, be it for its luxury or raw power.
Mercedes-AMG S 63 Coupe – Synopsis
- Priced at Rs 2.55 crore (ex-showroom)
- Sports new exterior and interior bits
- New exterior bits include AMG GT-R-like grille, new alloy wheels, and new rear diffuser insert
- New interior bits include AMG badges on seat backrests and steering, and 12.3-inch touchscreen display
- Uses a direct-injected, twin-turbo 4.0-litre V8 petrol engine that makes 612HP power and 900Nm torque
- Uses a 9-speed AMG Speedshift MCT 9G automatic gearbox
- Can go from 0-100kmph in just 3.5 seconds
- Top speed limited to 250kmph (300kmph when optioned with AMG Driver’s package)
- Gets adjustable adaptive dampers at all corners
- 390mm discs up front and 360mm discs at the rear handle braking duties
- Uses Radar-based safety features like Distronic and Active Steering Assist
- To go head-to-head with yet-to-be-launched BMW M8