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2014 Mercedes S63 AMG Hits the Pavement Using All Four Wheels

2014 Mercedes S63 AMG Hits the Pavement Using All Four Wheels

By Jeff Youngs, July 18, 2013
Mercedes-Benz has announced details about the new 2014 S63 AMG 4Matic luxury sport sedan, and thanks to a power boost combined with a 220-pound weight loss, this muscled-up German cruiser accelerates to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds and achieves a top speed of 186 mph, according to the automaker.

At the heart of the new 2014 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG is a twin-turbocharged, hand-built, 5.5-liter V-8 engine generating 577 horsepower and 664 lb.-ft. of torque. An AMG Speedshift 7-speed automated manual gearbox routes power to all four wheels through a standard 4Matic all-wheel-drive system, with 33% of motive force going to the front wheels and 67% delivered to the rear wheels.

Controlled Efficiency, Sport, and Manual driving modes dictate powertrain characteristics, and when the car is placed in Controlled Efficiency mode, its Eco Start/Stop system is active and the AMG Sports Exhaust system's dynamic flaps remain closed for a quieter exhaust note.

An AMG Adaptive Airmatic suspension is equipped with Adaptive Damping System Plus technology for continuous damping characteristics. Comfort and Sport settings govern both the suspension system's calibration and effort levels for the variable-ratio, speed-sensitive electric sports steering system. Curve Dynamic Assist torque vectoring is standard, helping to reduce understeer in corners.

Though more powerful and faster than the car it replaces, the new S63 AMG is more fuel efficient thanks in part to the aforementioned weight reduction. Mercedes employs aluminum body panels and a Lithium-ion battery to achieve some of the weight savings, along with a spare wheel recess made of carbon fiber, AMG high-performance brakes, and 19-inch staggered width forged light-alloy wheels.

Styling modifications include functional aerodynamic enhancements, "V8 Biturbo" and "AMG" badges, and subtle changes designed to signify that this car is something special. Inside, new heated AMG sport seats are wrapped in premium leather. They face an IWC-design analog clock, AMG sport steering wheel with aluminum shift paddles, and AMG instrumentation rendered in a Thin Film Transistor color display screen.

Options include 20-inch forged light-weight alloy wheels and ceramic brakes, in addition to upgrades offered on other S-Class models such as energizing massage seating, heated and ventilated seats, heated steering wheel, power-adjustable rear seats, 4-zone automatic climate control, Air Balance fragrance atomizer and air filtration system, and numerous semi-autonomous safety and driving technologies.

Mercedes will officially introduce the 2014 S63 AMG at the Frankfurt Motor Show, a couple of months before the car goes on sale in November 2013. More details will be announced closer to the car's arrival in showrooms.

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