Mercedes-Benz unveiled their S63 AMG coupe at the New York International Autoshow. The personal luxury coupe will replace the Mercedes CL63 AMG. With the AMG lineup expanding rapidly, spurred on by continued sales success (32,000 AMGs were sold last year) the Mercedes S63 coupe represents the newest addition to the AMG range – later this year the Mercedes GLA45 AMG will go on sale, the crossover cousin to the Mercedes CLA45 AMG.
Like all other AMGs sold in the US, the S63 coupe will use Mercedes’ 4Matic all-wheel drive system to deliver the car’s 577 horsepower and 664 lb.-ft. of torque to the road. The power comes from a hand built 6.3-liter twin turbo V-8 engine. Mercedes says the car will be able to reach 60 mph in 3.9 seconds on to an electrically limited top speed of 186 mph.
To stop the 4,400 lb. car (which is 140 lbs. lighter than the normal S-class coupe) optional carbon-ceramic disk brakes are available. The Mercedes will use an air ride suspension that will adjust its firmness based on three pre-selected driving modes: Controlled Efficiency, Sport and Manual. Working in cooperation with the suspension system, Mercedes’ “Curve Tilting Function” will lean the car into corners similar to the way a motorcycle rider does. This, according to Mercedes AMG CEO, Tobias Moers, will improve lateral grip and enhance the car’s overall feeling of agility.
According to Moers, the Mercedes S63 AMG coupe is “the ultimate statement car,” and it’s easy to see why he makes this claim. It’s low raked back lines, and powerful stance give the car a wonderful in-person presence.
To further highlight the car’s good looks, Mad Men star, Jon Hamm was on hand to help unveil the car. As he was standing on the podium, watching journalist gather around the newly unwrapped machine, he began snapping pictures of the vehicle. And when a few fans asked if they could take a picture with the celebrity, Mr. Hamm responded, “don’t take a picture of me, take a picture of the car, it’s much better looking.”
In response to customers demand for more exclusive feeling vehicles, Mercedes will launch a special version of their performance coupe, dubbed the “Edition 1.” The car will come with Swarovski crystals embedded in the headlamps, a “Magno Alanite Grey” matte paint finish, carbon-ceramic brakes, and exclusive Nappa leather sport seats with black and red accent stitching.
Pricing information has not yet been released by Mercedes-Benz, but as a reference, the car the Mercedes S63 AMG coupe is replacing (the Mercedes CL63 AMG) starts at $154,600.