In the same way that the Mercedes-Benz S-class is the flag bearer for the Mercedes range, the S 63 is the pinnacle of that luxurious model line. It retains the kit you’ll find on ‘lesser’ S-class models, but turns up the dial with that stunning, hand-built 5.5-litre twin-turbo V8.
The car develops a huge 577bhp. 0-60mph in under 5 seconds, in a car that is big and heavy like the Mercedes S-Class, thats quick! The S63 has a top speed limited to 155mph (or 186mph as part of the £2760 AMG Driver’s Package).
If anything, rear passengers are served even better, with enormous legroom afforded by the long-wheelbase-only chassis configuration. The huge range of options includes a pair of individual seats – a £5000 extra.
Out on the road, one of the impressive aspects of the S 63 is its Magic Ride Control, which uses a camera to scan the road ahead to prime the adaptive suspension for the optimum ride. The system, which is standard, works intuitively and really does iron out most undulations, but high-frequency scars can still be felt.
You can deactivate it by switching to Sport mode, and if you’re looking to really dial performance up a notch, you’ll want to. With the full potential unleashed, you can enjoy masses of grip along with the restrained growl from that 577bhp V8.
Power is commuted to the rear wheels through a seven-speed Speedshift MCT automatic gearbox. It provides snappy shifts, but – as with the rest of the car – never at the expense of sublime comfort.
The truth is, if you want to travel in unparalleled comfort and refinement, then a cooking S-class, an S 350 or an S 500 would be slightly better. And an E 63 AMG would better serve those looking for traditional super-saloon thrills.
However, the S 63 AMG is simply one of the world’s best cars with one of the world’s best performance engines. And it’s hard to argue against it.