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Overview

It missed a year of production, but the AMG S63 supersedan is back in a big way. Using the Mercedes-Benz S-Class’ seventh-generation architecture, the S63 brings the glitz with it more than ever thanks to a new plug-in hybrid powertrain. Mercedes has dropped the previously offered coupe and convertible body styles and will only offer the S63 as a sedan, at least for now. Under the hood sits a familiar twin-turbo V-8 that, aided by AMG’s rear electric motor, now puts out a combined 791 horsepower and an astounding 1,055 pound-feet of torque for its all-wheel-drive system to try and use. the road To ensure the S63 can reach speeds high enough to escape rising interest rates, AMG will allow its big-battery luxury sedan to reach speeds of up to 180 mph. As a chariot for the rich with maximum performance in mind, the new AMG S63 is a fast and comfortable way to usher in the industry’s electrified future.

What’s new for 2023?

After a brief hiatus, the AMG-badged S-Class makes its grand re-entry into the prestige-on-wheels class using the bones of the current production Benz S-Class mated to a promising high-powered hybrid powertrain .

Prices and which one to buy

AMG S63 E Performance

$270,000 (estimated)

Rather than offering a tower of different trims, the S63 sedan is instead a smorgasbord of options that can tailor the car for both drivers and those who prefer to be driven. As the top performer for the brand’s flagship sedan, the S63 comes standard with a level of comfort unmatched by most luxury sedans. Available carbon ceramic brakes are extra, but we wouldn’t consider them necessary for everyday use.

Engine, transmission and performance

For a long time, the Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team has been working to develop a high-performance battery capable of delivering consistent performance at the highest level of motorsport. Now road users are reaping the rewards of these efforts with the new hybrid powertrain found in the AMG S63 E Performance. The most powerful S-Class ever offered is powered by a 603-hp twin-turbo V-8 engine up front, with help from a 188-hp motor for the rear axle. Their combined efforts produce 791 horsepower and 1,055 pound-feet of torque for the sedan’s all-wheel drive system to process. A nine-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission handles shifting and to help this abrasive force navigate traffic and parking spaces, AMG includes rear-axle steering as standard equipment. Mercedes estimates the S-Class can make it to 60 mph in just 3.2 seconds with a top speed of 180 mph. It’s faster than the most fiery version of the standard Benz S-Class, which took 3.9 seconds to reach 60 mph with 496 horsepower. Given the sheer power available to throw it on the road, we suspect that S63 E Performance will be even faster than its manufacturer claims. The S63 uses an AMG Ride Control air suspension, AMG Active Ride Control stabilization, and rear-axle steering as standard equipment, so it should handle well. As soon as we are able to drive one, we will update this report with our findings.

Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG

AMG insists its move to a plug-in hybrid drivetrain – which gets help from a new 13.1 kWh battery – is focused on performance instead of range. The EPA has yet to rate the new S63 E Performance, but if the 16 mpg city and 25 mpg highway that the Mercedes-Benz S580 is rated at are any indication, we think it’s safe to bet that the hybrid S63 won’t will not give numbers that would be considered breathtaking compared to those. Mercedes says the S63’s battery-only electric driving mode, which operates at speeds up to 87 mph, has a range of about 20 miles. For more information on the S-Class’ fuel consumption, visit the EPA’s website.

Interior, comfort and cargo

While the massive horsepower will warm the hearts of enthusiasts, the AMG S63’s priorities include comfort. It boasts a sumptuous cabin with signature AMG upholstery and stitching. A Dolby Atmos sound system comes standard and offers a 360-degree sound experience. The car’s 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster offers a bright and clear list of driving information, but the real magic happens on the standard 12.8-inch OLED touchscreen mounted vertically on the dashboard. Road noise cancellation and rich interior materials make the S63 an experience that most only taste of limousines. Headrest cushions for rear passengers and an abundance of legroom make a strong case for the S63 as a fantastic car to drive in, as well as a great one to experience from the driver’s seat.

Infotainment and connectivity

Like its tame Mercedes-Benz S-Class sibling, the S63 comes with a vertically-mounted 12.8-inch OLED touchscreen with an improved version of Mercedes’ MBUX software. This system can be controlled by touch or by voice commands from any seat in the car. Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto with wireless phone charging are standard.

Safety and Driver Assistance Features

Every S63 comes with a range of standards driver assistance technology, including the ability to self-park and even take preventive measures to protect passengers when it detects an impending collision. The sedan is also available with innovative features that include rear seat airbags and an active suspension which will lift the car to reduce the severity of damage during a crash. For more information on the S-Class’ crash test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites. Key safety features include:

  • Standard forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking
  • Standard lane departure warning and lane keeping assist
  • Standard adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go technology

As more information becomes available, we will update this story with more details on:

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