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Mercedes-Benz reveals full details of its 585 hp S63 AMG Coupé

The S65 AMG Coupé from Mercedes-Benz
The S65 AMG Coupé from Mercedes-Benz
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The S63 AMG Coupé features active baffles in the exhaust, an auditory gimmick that changes the aural outcry of the V8 when pushed towards the upper rev range
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The S63 AMG Coupé features active baffles in the exhaust, an auditory gimmick that changes the aural outcry of the V8 when pushed towards the upper rev range
Power is courtesy of an AMG tweaked, twin-turbo V8 delivering 585 hp
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Power is courtesy of an AMG tweaked, twin-turbo V8 delivering 585 hp
Managing power to the wheels is handled through an AMG 7-speed gearbox where drivers can choose from efficient, sport or manual modes
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Managing power to the wheels is handled through an AMG 7-speed gearbox where drivers can choose from efficient, sport or manual modes
Mercedes-Benz has incorporated Active Body Control and a system called Road Surface Scan into the car’s suspension geometry
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Mercedes-Benz has incorporated Active Body Control and a system called Road Surface Scan into the car’s suspension geometry
AMG supplies custom sport seats for the S63 AMG Coupé
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AMG supplies custom sport seats for the S63 AMG Coupé
Power is up considerably from the previous model to 585 hp and 664 ft.lb of torque in the new S63 AMG Coupé
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Power is up considerably from the previous model to 585 hp and 664 ft.lb of torque in the new S63 AMG Coupé
Newly-designed AMG sport seats, a custom 3-spoke AMG steering wheel, a high-resolution TFT color display, Nappa leathers and a copious amount of AMG branded elements
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Newly-designed AMG sport seats, a custom 3-spoke AMG steering wheel, a high-resolution TFT color display, Nappa leathers and a copious amount of AMG branded elements
The S63 AMG Coupé features a production car world first known as "Magic Body Control" that essentially leans the car into curves upon cornering
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The S63 AMG Coupé features a production car world first known as "Magic Body Control" that essentially leans the car into curves upon cornering
A custom 3-spoke AMG steering wheel is standard fare in the new S63 AMG Coupé
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A custom 3-spoke AMG steering wheel is standard fare in the new S63 AMG Coupé
The new Magic Body Control system, available at speeds from 19-112 mph (30 – 180 km/h), is designed to reduce the amount of lateral forces passengers experience in cornering
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The new Magic Body Control system, available at speeds from 19-112 mph (30 – 180 km/h), is designed to reduce the amount of lateral forces passengers experience in cornering
Power from the new S63 Coupé's 5.5 liter V8 twin-turbo engine produces a very healthy 585 hp (436 kW)
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Power from the new S63 Coupé's 5.5 liter V8 twin-turbo engine produces a very healthy 585 hp (436 kW)
The new S63 AMG Coupé is more powerful than the outgoing CL65 by 41 hp and 74 ft.lb (100 Nm) of torque
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The new S63 AMG Coupé is more powerful than the outgoing CL65 by 41 hp and 74 ft.lb (100 Nm) of torque
The S63 AMG Coupé tips the scales at a very hefty 2,070 kg (4,564 lb)
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The S63 AMG Coupé tips the scales at a very hefty 2,070 kg (4,564 lb)
The S65 AMG Coupé from Mercedes-Benz
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The S65 AMG Coupé from Mercedes-Benz
To keep the Coupé between the trees in the rain Mercedes has outfitted the car with its signature 4MATIC all-wheel drive system
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To keep the Coupé between the trees in the rain Mercedes has outfitted the car with its signature 4MATIC all-wheel drive system
The 4MATIC AWD system delivers a 33/67 front-to-rear power split in order to retain a rear drive performance bias
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The 4MATIC AWD system delivers a 33/67 front-to-rear power split in order to retain a rear drive performance bias
Proportions are similar to a BMW 4-series, but in comparison to the outgoing CL63 AMG Coupé, the new two-door features a faster, more elongated cabin (Photo: CC Weiss/Gizmag)
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Proportions are similar to a BMW 4-series, but in comparison to the outgoing CL63 AMG Coupé, the new two-door features a faster, more elongated cabin (Photo: CC Weiss/Gizmag)
The S65 AMG Coupe made its debut at the Geneva Auto Show last month, but will appear at the New York Auto Show in April (Photo: CC Weiss/Gizmag)
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The S65 AMG Coupe made its debut at the Geneva Auto Show last month, but will appear at the New York Auto Show in April (Photo: CC Weiss/Gizmag)
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Now that the Geneva Auto Show is over, one has to wonder what the manufacturers will do to keep our attention. Mercedes-Benz has unleashed the new S63 AMG Coupé featuring a new tightened dynamic design, increased power output, all-wheel-drive, a lighter fighting-weight and world first suspension system.

Power from the 5.5-liter V8 twin-turbo engine produces a very healthy 585 hp (436 kW), while surprisingly showing NEDC combined mileage figures of 27.9 mpg (8.4 L/100 km). Not bad considering the biturbo V8 is capable of delivering torque figures of 664 ft.lb (900 Nm), which is more than enough to pull apart most autobahn on-ramps. Like all AMG engines, the powerplant for the S63 AMG Coupé is assembled by hand at the AMG engine shop in Affalterbach, Germany.

Power is up considerably from the previous model to 585 hp and 664 ft.lb of torque in the new S63 AMG Coupé
Power is up considerably from the previous model to 585 hp and 664 ft.lb of torque in the new S63 AMG Coupé

According to Mercedes-Benz, compared to the previous CL63 AMG, the new S63 AMG Coupé is not only lighter by 65 kg (143 lb) – thanks in part to aluminum body and structural refinements, a lithium-ion battery and a carbon fiber spare-tire space – but also features an additional 41 hp and a torque increase of 74 ft.lb (100 Nm). This all translates into acceleration times of 3.9 to 4.3 seconds (depending on model) for 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) and an electronically-monitored top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph).

On the scales, the 2,070 kg (4,564 lb) S63 AMG Coupé provides ample evidence that it’s definitely no lightweight, and means the big two-door would require a 2.5 Lotus Elise S to balance out a proper round of automotive teeter-totter. In order to keep the weighty Coupé in check Mercedes has outfitted the car with its signature 4MATIC all-wheel drive system.

The new Magic Body Control system, available at speeds from 19-112 mph (30 – 180 km/h), is designed to reduce the amount of lateral forces passengers experience in cornering
The new Magic Body Control system, available at speeds from 19-112 mph (30 – 180 km/h), is designed to reduce the amount of lateral forces passengers experience in cornering

Delivering a 33/67 front-to-rear torque split the AWD system retains a rear bias to help maintain rear drive performance qualities while sharing power to the front wheels to assist in dealing with unruly weather conditions. Managing power to the wheels is handled through an AMG 7-speed gearbox. Drivers can choose from efficient, sport or manual modes. Each mode offers up different shift points, tighter suspension and enhanced fuel delivery. The S63 AMG Coupé also features "active baffles" in the exhaust, a little auditory gimmick that changes the aural outcry of the V8 when pushed towards the upper rev range.

Aside from the big power figures and restyled body, the new coupe also features a production car world first. Dubbed "Magic Body Control" by Mercedes, the S63 AMG features a curve tilting function. According to the German manufacturer, the new control system, available at speeds from 30 – 180 km/h (19-112 mph), is designed not to increase cornering speeds, but by leaning the car into corners, reduce the amount of lateral forces passengers experience., and so improve the car's handling abilities.

In addition to the new control system, Mercedes-Benz has also incorporated Active Body Control (ABC) and a system called Road Surface Scan (RSS) into the car’s suspension geometry. RSS technology constantly scans surface undulations that, when partnered with the Magic Body Control system, adjusts the car’s suspension accordingly to fit the respective driving mode. The proprietary suspension system detects the curvature of the road ahead up to 15 meters (50 ft) through a dual camera located behind the windshield and a lateral acceleration sensor.

Newly-designed AMG sport seats, a custom 3-spoke AMG steering wheel, a high-resolution TFT color display, Nappa leathers and a copious amount of AMG branded elements
Newly-designed AMG sport seats, a custom 3-spoke AMG steering wheel, a high-resolution TFT color display, Nappa leathers and a copious amount of AMG branded elements

The ABC system, another bit of high-tech suspension innovation, uses active hydraulic cylinders that individually adjust the force in each strut. According to Mercedes, "Depending on the cornering scenario, the curve tilting function shifts the base point of each individual strut, that in turn allows the vehicle to incline automatically and continuously in fractions of a second and to angles of up to 2.5 degrees in curves – depending on the road angle and vehicle speed."

Stylistically, the new AMG Coupé has significantly changed for the better, compared to the previous iteration. Its proportions are similar to a BMW 4-series, but in comparison to the outgoing CL63 AMG Coupé, the new two-door features a faster, more elongated cabin, a lower roofline, highly-sculpted profile treatments, a cleaner nose and grille, tighter rear, and a generally more cohesive overall aesthetic finish than its predecessor.

Inside are the usual Mercedes’ luxurious amenities and details, but for the S63 Coupé there are newly-designed AMG sport seats, a custom 3-spoke AMG steering wheel, a high-resolution TFT color display, Nappa leathers and a copious amount of AMG-branded elements.

The 2015 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG Coupé will be officially unveiled at the New York Auto Show next month. The car will go on sale in Q3 of 2014 as a 2015 model with an expected price point somewhere north of US$175,000.

Source: Mercedes-Benz

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