The brand new Bentley Continental GT is grabbing headlines, however Mercedes isn’t standing nonetheless with its S-Class Coupe. So the jumbo two-door’s line-up not solely will get a brand new engine and mannequin designation, within the form of the S 560, but it surely additionally includes a closely revised Mercedes-AMG S 63.
Actually, you possibly can’t get rather more of an replace in an AMG than a change of engine – and that’s exactly what we now have right here. Out goes the previous 5.5-litre V8 motor, changed by the four.Zero-litre unit that has already remodeled the E 63 into the must-have super-saloon of the second. Hand-built at AMG’s headquarters in Affaltenbach, the engine produces 604bhp and a walloping 900Nm of torque – helpful will increase over the figures provided by the previous unit.
The adjustments don’t cease there both, as a result of the earlier S 63’s seven-speed automated transmission has additionally been phased out of this mannequin; there’s now a nine-speed automated, though the previous gearbox lives on, within the 1,000Nm V12 S 65.
As we all know from the E 63, the twin-turbo V8 (codenamed M 177) is a complicated motor, and it’s no much less of a technical tour de power within the two-door S-Class. It’s in a position to propel the rear-wheel-drive S 63 AMG from Zero-62mph in four.2 seconds, and on to a restricted prime pace of 155mph – or 186mph should you tick the field marked ‘AMG Driver’s Pack’ on the choices record.
And but it’s significantly extra environment friendly than the previous mannequin, too; thanks in no small half to cylinder deactivation whenever you’re cruising alongside, this S 63 AMG manages claimed gasoline financial system of 31.7mpg and 203g/km of CO2 emissions – numbers that sound merely respectable till you realise we’re speaking a couple of 5.Zero-metre-long, 2.1-tonne behemoth.
None of this can matter, after all, if the S 63 fails to stay as much as its AMG badge on the street. However in reality, it does greater than that. The E 63’s four.Zero-litre V8 feels completely completely happy within the nostril of the larger automotive, and its linear energy supply appears completely nicely suited to this extra subtle and marginally extra genteel automobile.
Certainly, the factor that impresses you most in regards to the S 63, more often than not, is its refinement. The V8 drops to 1,600rpm whenever you’re sustaining a high-speed cruise, and the exhaust be aware in Consolation mode is extra of a distant rumble than anything. If something it’s quieter than the S 65, because of a kerb weight that’s greater than 100kg lighter and significantly much less tyre roar.
Does this imply, although, that the S 63 lacks the hooligan aspect that makes AMG fashions so particular? Not a little bit of it. Flick the Dynamic Choose controller between the entrance seats into Sport or Sport+ and the V8’s throttle response focuses extra on tempo than smoothness. The gearshifts are snappier too, permitting you to stay the automotive in handbook mode and use the steering wheel paddles to (whisper it) have some enjoyable.
There’s no denying automotive of this measurement and size shouldn’t be going to be the final phrase in agility, however the S 63 is far more sport for fun than you would possibly count on. Certainly, the entrance finish is fast to obey the directions of the properly weighted and direct steering, and the physique management has issues in hand on all however the bumpiest, twistiest stretches of street. It’s a not fairly a sports activities automotive. But it surely feels rather more than only a plush grand tourer. And the V8’s rasp and the sporadic crackles from the exhaust add to this.
The remainder of the bundle will get modest updates, though the brand new Panamericana entrance grille helps to offer this S-Class Coupe aggression past its typical street presence. Inside, there’s loads of area for 2 adults and two kids – or 4 adults, if the pair within the again are prepared to place up with merely sufficient quantities of area for a protracted journey. It’s nowhere close to as capacious because the limo, then, but it surely’s fairly beneficiant by GT requirements. The identical may be stated for the boot, which, at 400 litres, is loads large enough for a few giant suitcases.
There’s loads of tech on board, too, as a result of the S 63 will get a lot of the added performance of the just lately revamped S-Class saloon. The voice command system can now management all the things from cabin fragrances to the seat massagers, and the dashboard is dominated by the pair of 12.Three-inch screens – one performing as a digital instrument panel, the opposite displaying infotainment, navigation and automobile standing.