We already had our first ride in the latest AMG luxury sedan earlier this week, but full details and unobstructed images of the new 2014 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG sedan were released at the crack of dawn this morning.
If you read our first ride story, chances are you’re familiar with the S63’s basic stats. Power comes from a 5.5-liter twin-turbocharged V-8, which is mated with a seven-speed wet-clutch automatic. Although European-spec cars offer a wild 587 hp, the U.S.-spec 2014 S63 AMG’s engine is detuned ever so slightly to 577 hp. Peak torque remains unchanged at 664 lb-ft, which is delivered from 2250-3750 rpm. Like all AMG engines, the twin-turbocharged 5.5-liter V-8 is hand-built in Affalterbach, Germany.
Although European-market cars are offered in rear-wheel drive form, 2014 S63 AMGs sold in North America will have an AMG-tuned 4Matic all-wheel-drive system fitted as standard equipment. The driveline, which normally splits torque 33/67 between the front and rear axles, respectively, increases traction and actually improves the launch times. All-wheel drive 2014 S63 models sprint from 0-60 mph in 3.9 seconds, while rear-drive models are a half-second slower. Torque vectoring is included as part of AMG’s “Curve Dynamic Assist” system, but yaw is induced not through the rear differential but by lightly braking the inside wheel in a corner.
Despite gaining all-wheel drive, U.S.-market 2014 S63 AMG 4Matic sedans are lighter than their predecessors by as much as 220 pounds. Much of this is attributed to the aluminum-intensive structure of the new 2014 S Class itself, but the AMG car goes a step further, adopting a lithium-ion battery and a carbon fiber spare tire well in the trunk. Lightweight two-piece carbon ceramic disc brake rotors are optional.
Interior appointments include a unique AMG sports steering wheel with aluminum shift paddles, along with carbon fiber trim and an analog chronometer from IWC. AMG’s traditional crest is embossed in the center console’s leather, while the massive high-resolution LCD gauge display gains AMG-specific screens and gauges. The 2014 S63 AMG also gains deeply bolstered sports seats, which are wrapped in nappa leather, and incorporate the S-Class’ hot stone massage function as standard equipment.
Pricing has yet to be announced for the 2014 S63 AMG 4Matic, but the car will go on sale in the U.S. in November, just after the 2014 S550 arrives in September and October. Although Mercedes notes this is the top tier S-Class model, it’ll hold that distinction only briefly, as a new twelve-cylinder S65 AMG is expected to launch in mid-2014.
For more on the 2014 S63 AMG sedan, click here to read our first ride story.