Shortly after the 2014 E63 AMG broke this morning, Daimler also released information on the amended CLS63 AMG range. By and large, the mechanical upgrades applied to the CLS63 AMG mirror those of the E63 – which, given the two share a basic architecture, isn’t too surprising.
All 2014 CLS63 AMG models continue to utilize a twin-turbocharged, 5.5-liter DOHC V-8. Like the 2014 E63, that engine produces 550 hp and 531 lb-ft of torque in its base guise, which represents an increase of 32 hp and 15 lb-ft of torque over the last model. Following in the E63 AMG’s footsteps, the former AMG Performance Package has been discontinued in favor or what Mercedes considers a stand-alone model: the CLS63 AMG S-Model. S-Models receive a little extra oomph, as the 5.5-liter is massaged to churn out 577 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque. Additionally, the top speed limiter is stretched from 155 mph to 186.
All-wheel drive – touted as a breakthrough feature on the new E63 – is also available on the new 2014 CLS63 AMG. The drivetrain, modified from Mercedes-Benz’s standard 4Matic system, constantly splits torque 33/67 percent between the front and rear axles, respectively. Although this AMG-grade AWD system is optional on base CLS63 AMG models, it’s standard on CLS63 S-Model vehicles, where it’s also bundled with a limited-slip rear differential.
We’re awaiting confirmation from Mercedes-Benz USA as to what models will be sold stateside, but early hints suggest the CLS63 will – like the new E63 – be sold here only in all-wheel-drive guise. We’re also awaiting confirmation that the CLS 63 AMG S-Model 4Matic will also be ported to our shores. Rest assured, however, that the oh-so-sexy shooting brake – shown here in white – will remain a European exclusive.