NIGHT PACK|PAN ROOF|2019
Despite a lack of direct rivals, the Mercedes-AMG S63 strikes a fine balance between luxury cruiser and boisterous muscle car. The engine is as capable here as in any AMG, while Merc’s pioneering Magic Body Control gives a plush yet dynamic edge. The cabin is exquisite and its sheer presence ensures you’ll turn plenty of heads too. Everything is accompanied by a suitably raucous sound track, providing you’ve activated the standard-fit sports exhaust system. It does a good job of disguising its bulk too, cornering deftly with plenty of grip. The new S63 switches from the old 5.5-litre twin-turbo V8 to the same 4.0-litre unit that we’ve already enthused about in the E63 AMG. Unlike the 560’s Sindelfingen-built motor, the AMG’s is pure Affalterbach, with the figures to prove it: 604bhp and 900Nm, enough to take the 2.1-tonne two-door from 0-62mph in 4.2 seconds, and on to a top speed of 155mph. In front of you is a purposeful-looking heated steering wheel with tactile leather grips, and behind it sits double-width instrumentation and multimedia LCD screens that stretch to the left way beyond the centreline of the car and, after dark, seem to float above the panel behind thanks to LED backlighting. Finished in Obsidian Black with matching dynamic sports seats. As for equipment the S 63 gets 20in alloy wheels, an aggressive bodykit, an AMG-tuned sports exhaust, adaptive sports suspension, a panoramic sunroof, keyless entry and AMG-specific sports seats, while there is also Mercedes’ wide 12.3in Comand infotainment system complete with sat nav, Bluetooth, USB connectivity, DVD player and DAB radio. The 12.3in central multimedia screen is filled entirely by the map when navigation is selected but is divided two-thirds to one-third in other modes — and it’s big enough that even the lesser section doesn’t look too small. What a car!!