Skip advert
Advertisement

New Mercedes-AMG S 63 spied in minimal camouflage

AMG will soon launch a tuned version of Mercedes’s flagship limousine, probably powered by a 603bhp twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 engine

This is our first look at the new Mercedes-AMG S 63. It’ll sit below the upcoming AMG S 73 e plug-in hybrid in showrooms later this year as the second most powerful model in the S-Class range, offering fresh competition for the Porsche Panamera.

Like all Mercedes-AMG vehicles, the new S 63 will come with a host of aggressive styling tweaks, as indicated by the camouflage wrap on this mule. Revisions will include a deeper front splitter, slightly wider side skirts and a new diffuser, which houses the company’s trademark quad-exit exhaust system.

The cabin will also get the usual Mercedes-AMG makeover, with some new sports seats, an AMG-branded steering wheel, aluminium pedals and some dedicated AMG graphics for the car’s 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and 12.8-inch infotainment system.

Advertisement - Article continues below

Mercedes hasn’t confirmed any technical specifications for the new AMG S 63 but, given the vast size of the latest S-Class, we expect the brand will shun the electrified four-cylinder powertrain destined for the new AMG C 63 in favour of its traditional twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8, which is found in everything from the AMG GT to the AMG E 63 saloon.

In the E 63 saloon, the V8 produces 603bhp and 850Nm of torque – and we expect the tune will be the same for the S 63. We’re also fairly certain it’ll come with a nine-speed automatic gearbox and four-wheel drive, as that drivetrain is already found in every other model in the standard S-Class line-up.

To support the extra grunt, Mercedes will overhaul the S-Class’s chassis, fitting lowered suspension, stiffer anti-roll bars and new adaptive dampers that are tuned for slightly sharper handling. There’s also some drilled discs and larger calipers hiding behind this mule’s alloys.

Mercedes-AMG will fit its latest traction control system to the S 63. Like the smaller AMG E 63, it should also come with a “Drift Mode” programme for the car’s drive mode selector, which will disconnect drive to the front axle and allow the driver to slide the car through corners.

Now read our review of the previous-generation Mercedes-AMG S 63. Let us know your thoughts in the comments below… 

Skip advert
Advertisement
Skip advert
Advertisement

Recommended

Best cars for £15,000 or less
Best cars for £15,000 - header
Best cars & vans

Best cars for £15,000 or less

Spending around £15,000 doesn’t get you much in the new car market these days, but it can land you a brilliant used model
18 Mar 2024
New Brabus 930 fuses opulence and performance for 917bhp of autobahn eating limousine
Brabus 930 - front
News

New Brabus 930 fuses opulence and performance for 917bhp of autobahn eating limousine

Brabus has cooked up a Mercedes S-Class with 917bhp and looks to match
13 Mar 2024
Top 10 best luxury cars to buy 2024
Best luxury cars - header image
Best cars & vans

Top 10 best luxury cars to buy 2024

Indulge yourself with our list of the most luxurious cars on sale today
2 Feb 2024
Top 10 best plug-in hybrids to buy 2024
Best plug-in hybrids - header image
Best cars & vans

Top 10 best plug-in hybrids to buy 2024

The plug-in hybrid market has grown exponentially in recent years. Here are our electrified favourites
25 Jan 2024

Most Popular

New Kia EV3 is a £30k electric car with a 372-mile range
Kia EV3 - front
News

New Kia EV3 is a £30k electric car with a 372-mile range

Kia expands its electric line up with the EV3 – taking plenty of inspiration from the flagship EV9
23 May 2024
Citroen C3 review
Citroen e-C3 - front
In-depth reviews

Citroen C3 review

A clever rethink of the small, affordable car theme, the C3 and its all-electric e-C3 twin have the potential to really shake up the market
22 May 2024
Renault Scenic review
Renault Scenic UK - front
In-depth reviews

Renault Scenic review

The Renault Scenic takes a pragmatic and polished approach to zero-emissions motoring
21 May 2024