Mercedes Benz India is a fully owned subsidiary of the German car maker, which has established itself all over the world. Its vehicles are lavishly designed and fitted with power packed engines. The S-Class is probably the most luxurious vehicle. Now the company has launched its AMG variant in the Indian car market, which is christened as Mercedes-Benz S-Class S 63 AMG Coupe . This variant is fitted with a breathtaking and irresistible engine, which is a paragon of poise and assurance. Its 5.5-litre V8 Biturbo petrol mill has the capacity of churning out a whopping power of 585bhp in combination with a mammoth torque output of 900Nm. This variant has an exclusive body kit in the form of sporty bumpers, radiator grille, V8 BITURBO lettering on front wing, sturdy set of alloy wheels and AMG sports exhaust system, which emphasizes its exclusivity. On the other hand, its internal cabin is bestowed with newly developed AMG sports seats with electrical adjustment, memory and heating function for front seats, Nappa leather upholstery with piping and AMG badges and AMG emblem on the armrest of the front center console that create an exquisite atmosphere on board. Another feature displaying the hallmark AMG look is the high-resolution TFT color display with two animated round dials. This vehicle will compete against the likes of Audi A8L, BMW 7 series and Jaguar XJ in the luxury segment. It is being offered with an attractive warranty program of 3-years without any limitation to its mileage. Furthermore, with the help of ‘Star Care Plus’ program, the warranty can be extended to another year, which will help to enhance the resale value.
EXTERIOR AND LOOK ;
Expectations are in order here because Fostla’s work on exterior of the Mercedes-AMG S63 Coupe S isn’t as extensive as you might be used to from other tuners. There are still some notable upgrades, including the vinyl blue chrome matte paint finish and the tinted taillights, but by and large, the changes here are kept to a minimum with no particular aerodynamic upgrades in order. The good news is that the program also includes a new set of 22-inch wheels that Fostla received from Prior Design. The wheels are then wrapped in tires measuring 265/30 and 305/25 in the front and rear, respectively.
It may not be the best of first impressions, but it’s also important to understand Fostla’s motives with this program. While some tuners are more than willing and prepared to drop a bag of aero kits on the AMG S63 Coupe S, this particular tuner’s is on that b-turbo V-8 engine. Everything else is just an icing on the cake.
This is where Fostla’s program falls short relative to what other options are available for owners of the Mercedes-AMG S63 Coupe S. A tuner like Mansory, for example, is known as much for its comprehensive exterior upgrades as it is for its stomach-churning engine upgrades. Its program for the top-of-the-line AMG is living proof of that, thanks in large part to a carbon fiber body kit that includes items like new spoilers, wider fenders, hood vents, and extended side skirts. Oh, and let’s not forget about the massive fixed rear wing that really brings out a more aggressive look to the AMG S63 Coupe S.
INTERIOR AND COMFORT ;
Step inside and you will quickly realize that it is indeed one of the best cars in the world. The suave dashboard layout, black and tan coloured nappa leather upholstery with carbon fibre inserts, the sculpted three-spoke steering wheel with a flat bottom, all exude a sense of brilliance and class. The switchgears are the best you can ever find. I fell in love with the seats, which are by far one of the best encountered. The S63 AMG Coupe pampers you with all the luxurious features the S-Class is known for. The mood lighting in the cabin has seven colours to choose from. The seats have fans within, to keep you free from any perspiration and to spoil you further, it also has various massage modes including hot stone massage, for the driver and co-passenger. A Burmester 3D surround sound audio system offers a top-class music experience.
There are two screens that show up the instrument cluster and the navigation and other controls. The COMAND system is intuitive and it takes little time to get acquainted with the interface which has multiple functions and personalization options. The touch pad recognizes gestures. There is a heads up display that shows the speed without you needing to take your eyes off the road and also shows directions. The car senses obstacles on the road with help of 360 degree cameras and acts accordingly, be it a pedestrian, a pothole or a collision, where it automatically brakes, adjusts the suspension and the seat belt pre-tensioners come into play.
Rear seat comfort is not a forte of this car, though whatever comfort it gives, is better than many sedans. There is enough legroom and accessing the rear seat is also not cumbersome as the front seats slide automatically to allow easy access. The S63 Coupe offers decent boot space as well of 400 litres.
ENGINE AND TRANSMISSION ;
As this is an S-Class and carries an AMG badge, Mercedes has tried to get the perfect compromise between sportiness and comfort. To a certain degree they have succeeded too. But in the effort of having this dual personality, Mercedes seem have fallen in no man’s land. The problem with the S63 AMG is that it neither thrills you like a sports car on a winding road, neither does it cocoon you like a GT car. On most surfaces, the ride comfort is good, but despite the famed Magic body control system it feels relatively unresolved over large potholed city roads. The suspension tends to get caught-out by sharp imperfections and the suspension feels a bit clunky and you are forced to take a cautious approach. As you go faster things get much better and the S63 rides with better consistency and good body control.
Mercedes has loaded this Coupe with loads of tech to help this two-tonne monster corner like a sports car. In comfort mode, there is more body roll but as soon as you put it in sport, the dampers tighten up and the body movements are well controlled. But it is in the Curve control mode where the car leans into corners where it feels at its best. In this mode, body control is quite exceptional for such a heavy car. The car leaning into corners, which mean the passengers feel less of the G forces and this makes it quite comfy during spirited driving. What is particularly impressive is that the S63 has loads of front end grip which gives you the confidence to push the car harder and the handling balance is quite impressive. But on the downside the steering peculiarly feels vague and lifeless, even though it is ultimately accurate to use. Despite the S63’s massive dimensions it feels very easy and manageable for daily use. Its short 11.9m turning circle makes it easy to manoeuvre and the decent ground clearance makes it ideal for our speedbreaker-infested roads. RIDE AND HANDLING ;
Mercedes-Benz has been the best-in-class when it comes to ride quality. The S-Coupe despite being an AMG has subtle ride. It easily glides over potholes and bumps, making it a smooth riding experience. The Magic Body Control soaks up all the bumps and makes it a delight for the occupants to enjoy the frills as they absorb all the road shocks. The handling too, doesn’t need any much description. The view of the instrument cluster is hidden with the seat and steering adjustments available, thanks to the heads up display this issue is solved. The ride is sublime and the drive is effortless. The steering is also accurate with sufficient feedback and the large gear paddles make it a joy.
BRAKING AND SAFETY ;
Braking system is constituted by vented & perforated disc brakes equipped in front as well as rear. Brake assist is yet another prominent braking feature infixed in the vehicle. For safety of occupants, S 63 AMG gets driver and co-driver airbags, adaptive brake lights, active parking assist, ATTENTION ASSIST, brake wear warning display, electronic stability program, electric parking brake, PRE SAFE system, crosswind assist, sidebag for driver and front passenger, sidebags in rear, windowbag and night view assist plus.
The Mercedes S63 AMG Coupe has excess of everything, whether it be style, comfort, luxury, electronics, safety or performance. It’s priced at a whooping Rs. 3.275 crores which makes it even more expensive than the Mercedes-Maybach S500 but that model is locally assembled and this Affalterbach tuned machine comes in via the expensive CBU route. This car is more oriented to munching miles quickly rather than going fast around corners or scaring people silly with the exhaust note. For those who want the best car in the world and don’t want to hand over driving duties to a chauffeur, the S63 AMG Coupe is the S-Class to have.