When you think Mercedes, you think premium, pristine, power and posh. But then grunts the 4-litre V8 of the Mercedes-AMG S63 Coupe and you see all your beliefs melt away on the blazing tarmac that it leaves in its wake. Two doors, dominating wings and, wait, crystals in the headlamps? But let all of this not distract you from the fact that the S63 is the embodiment (quite literally) of the perfect lovechild of an S-Class sedan and AMG spawn.
If you caught a glimpse of the car in its rare stationary position and got a chance to look at it up close, you would notice the bling of Swarovski crystals, staring at you from the headlamps. The Panamerica grille quickly pulls your glance away and gives you the confidence that this isn’t Paris Hilton’s toy, as you may have begun to believe. At the rear, it’s a different story altogether. The rear lights are razor-sharp and form a peculiar formation of OLEDs. The hood looms over the horizon, the intakes are bigger, and the rear sports a diffuser and quad exhausts.
If you’ve cruised around in an S-Class before, you’d find the interiors of the S63 not as overwhelming as others would. It greets you with a 4-spoke D-cut steering wheel that intuitively adjusts when you’re dealing with sharp turns. Everything feels premium in here, including the pedals. Behind the steering rests the analog rev counter, whereas the instrument cluster is purely digital. For every other control, you have a 10.2-inch infotainment screen that learns and understands your voice commands rather effectively. So, you could simply ask it open up the spectacular panoramic sunroof, should you want to take in the early morning breeze. There are several buttons to give you quick access to the components you want to control.
It’s a coupe, which means that it doesn’t offer too much room for elaborate entertainment setups, yet the 23-speaker Burmester audio unit manages to impress, not only with the sound output but also the design of the speakers. You also get wireless charging with NFC, massage seats that are spaciously located, even for rear occupants, and comforting air drafts within the seats to keep the climate control of your person in check. The rear seat can be reclined if you want to increase your baggage stash area. If you could live in a habitat of Napa leather and carbon fibre, this would be it.
Under that impressive hood lies the secret to this powerful and oddly graceful beast. The V8 engine puts the S63 in the same league as the GT R legends. And there’s a vivid justification for this. With the two turbochargers it employs between the cylinder banks, the engine delivers 612 PS and 900Nm of torque. You could go from stationery to 100 kmph in under four seconds and all of this with a car that weighs two tonnes! So if you’re there, staring judgingly into the Swarovski eyes of the S63, you’d be wiser to know that all that glitters isn’t slow.
For its size, it is quite nimble, even around turns. While the weight of the body is evident in the steering, you can appreciate how incredibly agile it is. The adaptive dampers and telepathic suspension makes it even better. To prove the S63’s mettle, we took it on a spin in the busy afternoon crowd of BKC in Mumbai in Comfort Mode and then switched to Sport Mode as we crossed the Mumbai Worli Sea Link on our exploits South. There’s this well-known pent-up aggression that surfaces when sports cars switch to this mode but the S63 was nothing short of mild-mannered. The handling was consistent but the response from the accelerator made us treat the accelerator with a lot more respect than we did till now. Such is the nature of the beast. Unfortunately, city traffic couldn’t accommodate the Race Mode but it’s imaginable how intimidating that would be on the Ahmedabad Expressway, which is a straight dash.
It’s incredible how the S63 AMG surprises you in ways you wouldn’t expect. With all the power and torque it possesses, the car gives you a 10 kmpl mileage on the highway, carrying its heavy 2-tonne body and passengers with it. The safety features are quite apt for unpredictable Indian conditions. The automated braking and intelligent cruise control are great if you are looking for assistance in driving between those large containers that ceremoniously cut lanes on the highways.
The S63 AMG is many things a sports car must be, but it’s ultimately a Mercedes-AMG. The premium-ness rubs off on the price-tag as stickily as it does on the Napa leather. So it could be a 2-tonne equivalent in your pocket. But what it also gives you is the spotlight on the road, whether you’re cutting through rush-hour traffic or simply have it parked outside the mall. Everyone wants a piece of it in their life or their Instagram, and that speaks a lot about how differently this German beast has been modelled. The S63 is here to stay and be remembered, for its performance, panache, and magnetic allure.
The Mercedes AMG S63 Coupe
Engine: 3982cc, Turbocharged V8
Power: 603bhp@5500-6000rpm / 900Nm@2750-4500rpm
Transmission: 9 speed automatic, RWD
0-100kmph: 3.2 seconds
Top speed: 300 km/hr
Fuel efficiency: City: 6 kmpl Highway: 10 kmpl
Safety: 8 airbags, ABS, EBD, Active park & blind spot assist
Price: Rs 1.83 cr