After bringing out the range-topping, performance version of the E-class, Mercedes-AMG has now launched the S 63 Coupe facelift at Rs 2.55 crore (ex-showroom, India). The S 63 shares its 4.0-litre, twin-turbo, V8 powertrain with the smaller E 63 S 4Matic+, though the output figures on the S-class are higher. The launch marks Mercedes-Benz India’s seventh in the country this year.
In the S 63, the AMG-sourced motor makes over 612hp and 900Nm of peak torque (50Nm more than the E 63 S) and is mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission that powers the rear wheels. The engine’s two, twin-scroll turbos are meant to improve response while the motor also gets a cylinder deactivation system for improved fuel economy figures.
The engine is capable of powering the S 63 Coupe to 100kph from a standstill in just 3.5 seconds (thanks in part to a Race Start function) and a top speed limited to 250kph. The AMG Driver’s package increases that limit to 300kph.
The exterior of the two-door coupe sports a new face, with the Panamericana grille and bigger air intakes taking centre stage. The low front and side skirts aid in the car’s aerodynamics, 19-inch alloy wheels come as standard and the rear of the model features a diffuser insert at the bottom and quad exhausts.
On the inside, the S 63 Coupe is available with Nappa leather, AMG badges on the front- and rear-seat backrests and on the three-spoke steering wheel and a 12.3-inch TFT widescreen colour display. This screen displays information such as engine and transmission oil temperature, lateral and longitudinal acceleration, the engine output and torque, boost pressure, and tyre temperatures and pressures.
Launched at Rs 2.55 crore, the Mercedes-AMG S 63 Coupe rivals the likes of the Porsche Panamera Turbo and the Bentley Continental GT on price and power. However, BMW is readying its M8 Coupe, based on the recently revealed 8-series, for an international launch later this year. An India-entry of this model would see it compete against the S 63 Coupe.