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Engine: 5.5-liter biturbo V-8
0-62: 3.9 seconds
Top Speed: 186 mph
Transmission: 7-speed automatic
Torque: 664 lb-ft
With the demise of Maybach, Mercedes is set on using the all-new S-Class to fill-in the shoes of the long luxury limo. The AMG version isn’t just a limo; it’s a screaming fast one. The North American S-Class only comes in the longer wheelbase, which happens to be the same size as the outgoing car. But there is still an even longer car in store, the real limousine and the rest of the world will get a shorter one, also. The S63’s 664 foot-pounds of torque goes through a four-wheel-drive system as it quickly hits 60 in 3.9 seconds.
Unlike the other S-Classes, the S63 doesn’t offer the spiffy new suspension that scans the road ahead and adjusts accordingly. It instead makes do with a normal set of adjustable dampers.
It’s all wrapped in lightweight aluminum, shedding some 220 pounds compared to the outgoing car and forming an automobile with a simple grandeur, a prominence equal to that of the Maybach without being overdone. Inside, occupants are wrapped in a sensuous elegance that may be confused with that of some highbrow British brands. It’s an all-new S-Class, indeed.
Article from the 2014 Exotic Car Buyer’s Guide