The list of high-performance luxury cars on sale today is certainly lengthy, but take a glance at this one and you’ll wonder why anyone shops around. It’s the astonishing 2014 Mercedes S 63 AMG Coupe.
Let’s cut to the chase, you want figures. The S 63 AMG sports a 5.5L biturbo V8, the most powerful offering from Merc’s BlueDIRECT engine family, producing 585-horsepower and 664 lb.-ft of torque. That’s quite sufficient. All AMG engines are hand built at Mercedes’ Affalterbach engine shop, keeping with the company’s “one man, one engine” philosophy. How does zero to 60 in 3.9 seconds sound?
And keeping on the topic of sounds, Mercedes has worked especially hard on perfecting the car’s hearty exhaust note. The S 63 features automatic exhaust flaps that adjust to driving situations and transmission modes. Keep your foot light and the car will remain composed, but give it the beans and the flaps will let out a mighty roar.
The new suspension is heavily tuned as well, apparently by magic. AMG has fitted the S 63 with something called “Magic Body Control,” a function that allows the car to lean into corners like a motorcyclist would. Additionally, the suspension struts are paired with a road-scanning program to adjust each strut individually to provide a smoother drive, proving that not all of the S Class’ cushiness has been brushed aside.
The exterior has us at a loss for words, and the interior is adorned with beautiful Napa leather and crisp aluminum. Further, Mercedes claims a combined fuel consumption of 27.9 mpg in European testing, which is remarkably good for a 500hp rocket ship. It might not be the most economical thing on the road, but it will surely be the most comfortable ballistic missile to daily-drive.