It’s always been the ultimate sedan. But when Mercedes-AMG takes on the S-Class, “ultimate” means something a little extra.
As always, Affalterbach’s engineers look to Formula 1TM to see how track refinements can challenge the everyday road. The result — the S 63 E PERFORMANCE — is the most powerful S-Class ever, a consummate blend of luxury, comfort, and brute strength.
Striking at first glance, the S 63 now sports the AMG-specific grille common to the rest of the brand’s lineup. Jet wing–inspired air inlets, 21-inch AMG forged wheels, and fluted twin tailpipes announce its aggressive “63” credentials. Inside, Nappa Leather upholsteries, an AMG Performance Steering Wheel, first-class rear cabin, and multicontour seats provide a luxury environment that has been honed to complement a relentless focus on performance.
And what performance it is, with hybrid interaction between engine and battery pushing the sedan to pulse-pounding limits. AMG’s E PERFORMANCE system puts a handcrafted AMG 4.0L V8 at the front and an electric motor at the rear. Together, they make 791 hp and 1,055 lb-ft of torque, and enable acceleration from 0 to 100 in 3.3 seconds Disclaimer, Disclaimer. The impressive torque results from the positioning of the electric motor: By placing it at the rear, it bypasses the 9-speed transmission and converts its energy into immediate propulsion.
This positioning also enables more agility and fluid handling, making all that power supremely agile. It’s enhanced by seven AMG DYNAMIC SELECT modes, allowing the driver to determine the right experience for the circumstances: from driving all electric to maximum boost performance in “Sport+” mode. The driver also has control over the energy recuperation, with four different levels allowing for maximum “one-pedal” efficiency at one end and minimum resistance while coasting at the other.
No matter how you choose to drive it, the S 63 E PERFORMANCE will feel like nothing you’ve ever driven before.