2014 Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG Gets More Power, All-Wheel Drive

Just the Facts:
  • The 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG will trade rear-wheel drive for standard all-wheel drive.
  • Like the E63, it also gets more power, with a potent CLS63 AMG S-Model making 577 hp.
  • You'll see the 2014 CLS63 at the 2013 New York Auto Show; sales start in July.

DETROIT — You won't see it until the 2013 New York Auto Show later this spring, but the 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG will fall in line with the 2014 E63 AMG and come standard with the 4Matic all-wheel-drive system. That's right. The rear-drive CLS63 is about to breathe its last. The 2014 model goes on sale in July 2013.

For most CLS63 customers, though, this won't be bad news at all, because this car will get the same power infusion as the E63. The standard model will get an upgraded version of Benz's twin-turbocharged and direct-injected 5.5-liter V8 rated at 550 horsepower and 531 pound-feet of torque (up from 518 and 516, respectively). A new CLS63 S-Model will replace the former AMG Performance package and get an even hotter version of the V8 making 577 hp and 590 lb-ft, thanks to higher-pressure injectors, a bump in boost and an updated ECU map. A seven-speed automatic remains standard.

Although you won't be doing burnouts in the 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLS63, the engineers tell us you can still powerslide it, as the new all-wheel-drive system is biased toward the rear wheels and has a fixed 33/67 torque split. The S-Model also features a mechanical rear limited-slip differential.

We hear there will be minimal styling revisions on the 2014 CLS63, but you can expect that Mercedes will differentiate the wheel options and interior and exterior trim, so that the S-Model CLS63 AMG has a more exclusive feel to justify the larger spend.

Edmunds says: We're not sure how many CLS63 buyers will miss doing burnouts, but they'll certainly like the more potent engine and better traction on wet roads.

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