- The 2014 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG 4Matic, which takes on the BMW Alpina B7 and Audi S8, was revealed on Wednesday ahead of a world debut at the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show.
- The 2014 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG goes on sale in the U.S. in November.
- It is equipped with the biturbo AMG 5.5-liter V8 engine that cranks out 577 horsepower.
The 2014 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG goes on sale in the U.S. in November. Pricing will be announced closer to launch date.
It is equipped with the biturbo AMG 5.5-liter V8 engine that cranks out 577 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque. Mercedes-Benz says the S63 AMG sprints from zero to 60 in an estimated 3.9 seconds and has a top speed of 186 mph. Engine output has been increased by 49 hp over the outgoing model.
The engine is linked to a seven-speed sports transmission with three transmission modes. They are "C" for controlled efficiency, "S" for sport and "M" for manual. The fuel-saving Eco stop-start function is active only in "C" mode, shutting off the eight-cylinder engine when the car is at a standstill.
A new standard feature on the 2014 model is the AMG all-wheel-drive 4Matic system. Mercedes-Benz says the system is designed to "target new markets."
The 2014 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG is 220 pounds lighter than its predecessor, due to the use of AMG forged light-alloy wheels, a lightweight lithium-ion battery and a weight-optimized AMG high-performance two-piece brake system. Following the SLS AMG Coupe Black Series, the S63 AMG 4Matic is the second AMG model to replace the conventional starter battery with a lithium-ion battery.
Fuel economy estimates were not provided by Mercedes-Benz, but the automaker says the fuel consumption will be lower than its predecessor. The EPA says the 2013 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG returns 15 mpg in city driving and 23 mpg on the highway.
Exterior design cues include a quad exhaust setup, beefy side sills and an upright grille.
The cabin gets front seats with a "hot stone massage function" and rear side window shades, along with an AMG sports steering wheel and an analog clock.
Optional equipment includes carbon-ceramic brakes.
Edmunds says: Mercedes-Benz manages to raise engine output while improving fuel economy for the tantalizing 2014 S63 AMG.