Aren’t massages meant to promote relaxation? The new Mercedes-Benz S 63 AMG does, in fairness, feature an option to decrease muscle-reflex activity in its seats, but then again the car also provides the opposite effect completely, which is peeling your facial features off during its four-second 0-100kph run.
It’s nice that they thought of everything. It’s also nice that Stuttgart thought of 585 horsepower, 900Nm of torque, fuel economy of about 9.0 litres-per-100km and 100kg of reduced weight. Everything, in other words, to elevate the new S 63 AMG straight past its competition and to the top of the shopping list of anyone lucky enough to have a spare Dh600K (more or less) lying around.
Affalterbach, Mercedes’ base of operations for the high-performance AMG arm of the wrenching business, claims the S 63 AMG is the most powerful high-performance luxury saloon around, thanks to its 5.5-litre, twin-turbocharged V8 engine. It’s 41bhp stronger than its predecessor and includes nerdy stuff like direct-fuel injection, an aluminium crankcase, composite oil pan and start-stop function.
To get the extra power AMG additionally included a new sports exhaust system with automatic exhaust flaps, while of course traditional hand-finishing plays a part in the V8 unit’s quality standards too. Lessons learnt with the SLS AMG Black Series also helped, since the S 63 AMG gets its lightweight lithium-ion battery that saves over 20kg.
The rest of the diet was accounted for with exclusive AMG forged light-alloy wheels, which lower unsprung mass, and a weight-optimised, fade-resistant composite brake system — AMG ceramic brakes are available as an option for the first time, boasting a 20 per cent lighter design and a massive diameter of 420mm. That’s bigger than your Civic’s entire 16in wheel.
If the “AMG Carbon Ceramic” logos on the painted brake callipers don’t stand out, or the bellow of that V8, then you should be able to recognise the S 63 from its three large air dams up front, gloss black grille, a silver chrome front splitter, black rear diffuser and two chromed twin tailpipes. Oh, and perhaps also the AMG badges everywhere.
Inside the S 63, AMG has fitted exclusive newly developed sports seats, IWC design clock, a perforated leather steering wheel, aluminium shift paddles for the seven-speed sports transmission, AMG-specific instrument cluster with needles in red and silver, and a speedometer that reaches a whopping 330kph should you choose to derestrict the factory 250kph cap. See? They really did think of everything.