Size and speed

Mercedes-amg has up­dated the lu­di­crously fast and sump­tu­ously lux­u­ri­ous S63. Jack Evans takes it for a spin

Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - - Kentmotors -

Mercedes has brought a re­freshed S-class into the market. With up­dated looks and new safety tech­nol­ogy, it’s an at­tempt to bring the big, ul­tra-lux­u­ri­ous saloon into 2017. We’ve driven the top-of-the-range, fire-breath­ing AMG S63. It’s pack­ing the same twin­tur­bocharged V8 as found in the C63 and E63, with more than 600bhp and a stag­ger­ing 900Nm of torque. It trans­forms the car from a stan­dard saloon into one that can hit 60mph in un­der four sec­onds – frankly as­tound­ing for a car of this size. miss it ap­proach­ing. In­side, the S-class is more lux­u­ri­ous than ever. It ben­e­fits from the widescreen dis­play that we’ve seen on the E-class, and there’s a solid feel­ing to the cabin. There’s a huge amount of space in­side the S63. The seats in the front of­fer plenty of shoul­der room, and the rear is more than spa­cious enough – which is good, con­sid­er­ing the S-class’s ap­peal to those who would rather be driven than drive them­selves.

stan­dard cars into real per­for­mance ma­chines as AMG. The S63 is no dif­fer­ent, with its en­gine, gear­box and sus­pen­sion all ex­ten­sively worked upon and tuned. The en­gine is re­spon­sive and even light changes in throt­tle travel are greeted with changes in pace, while the nine-speed gear­box shifts crisply. It’s re­mark­able that a car of this size feels quite so light on its feet, and it cor­ners with an im­pres­sive lack of body roll. There’s no deny­ing that the S-class is a lux­u­ri­ous car. It comes with front seats that are heated, vented and fea­ture a massage func­tion. The new 12.5-inch screen is clearer and more user friendly than be­fore, while all of the leather feels of the high­est qual­ity. On top of this, the S63 packs blis­ter­ing per­for­mance. How­ever, prices for the S63 are ex­pected to start at £125,690 – and that’s a huge amount of cash for a car which, in all re­spects, never set out to be the last name in per­for­mance. It’s an im­pres­sive pack­age, but one that will not be for ev­ery­one.

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