2018 Mercedes-AMG S 63 4MATIC+
2018 Mercedes-AMG S 63 4MATIC+
New engine, new transmission, new all-wheel drive, new exterior and interior design: On the Mercedes S 63 4MATIC+ 2018, Mercedes-AMG has honed the driving dynamics and looks further. For improved performance with significantly reduced fuel consumption, the AMG 4.0-L V-8 Biturbo engine with cylinder deactivation replaces the previous 5.5-L V-8 Biturbo. Despite the smaller displacement, the new engine puts out 450 kW and thus exactly 20 kW more than the preceding model. With a sprint time of 3.5 seconds from zero to 100 kilometers per hour, the performance luxury saloon is on par with full-blooded sports cars. The AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 9‑speed sports transmission supersedes the previous 7-speed transmission. This has enabled more agile response times to be achieved. The fully variable AMG Performance 4MATIC+ all-wheel-drive system provides optimal traction.
At the same time as the Mercedes S 63 4MATIC+, the top-of-the-range model S 65 has been given a visual update that underscores the flagship position of the 12-cylinder model. Its 6.0-L V-12 Biturbo engine retains its output of 463 kW and peak torque of 1000 Newton metres. Thanks to the advanced stage of development of the V8 and V12 biturbo engine, both new models are among the leading competitors in terms of output and torque.
New MULTIBEAM LED headlamps with ULTRA RANGE Highbeam and the updated front apron with jet wing underscore the more expressive appearance of both S-Class models. At the rear, the new apron and individual tailpipe trim add distinctive design focuses.
The 2018 Mercedes S 63 4MATIC+ and the 2018 S 65 can be identified from the front by the MULTIBEAM LED headlamps with ULTRA RANGE Highbeam and the redesigned front apron with expressive jet wing. The large side air intakes provide an improved airflow to the cooling modules – their functional form is familiar from motorsport. The three-dimensional front splitter reduces lift at the front axle. The exclusivity of the S 65 is further underlined by air inlet grilles in high-sheen chrome in the front apron.
The door sill panelling with three-dimensional high-gloss chrome inlays lower the S-Class visually closer to the road and create even more tension in the side. Typical features of the AMG S-Class models are the large forged light-alloy wheels with a diameter of 19 in. as standard on the 2018 Mercedes S 63 4MATIC+ and of 20 in. as standard on the S 65. The exclusive forged wheels for the V12 saloon have an unusual design: each of the 16 spokes twists in a special way so that the light-catching contours radiate to the centre of the wheel hub. The effect: The wheel appears larger than its actual dimensions of 8.5 J x 20 at the front and 9.5 J x 20 at the rear. In addition, the ceramic mirror polishing ensure an exclusive look.
As standard, the forged wheels feature a high-quality, bolted and fully integrated wheel bolt cover made of forged aluminium. Its shape is reminiscent of a centre lock as seen in motorsport. The AMG logotype is incorporated into the rim as a design element. Three other forged wheels of the same size are optionally available – two design variants also painted matt black with a high-sheen rim flange.
The powerful rear end of the 2018 Mercedes S 63 4MATIC+ and S 65 is formed by the updated rear apron with diffuser insert and the redesigned model-specific dual tailpipes of the AMG sport exhaust system. Additional stand-out features are the many high-gloss chrome design elements at the front, side and rear, which develop their radiant effect especially in combination with dark paint finishes.
Systematic lightweight design: AMG Lightweight Performance
Stringent implementation of the AMG Lightweight Performance strategy also contributes to the high driving dynamics and low fuel consumption. The lightweight construction measures include the use of a lightweight lithium-ion battery, AMG forged light-alloy wheels and the weight-optimised AMG high-performance composite brake system. Furthermore, the entire outer skin of the S-Class including the roof and the front end of the body are made of aluminium. A carbon-fibre spare wheel recess saves further weight.
The stylish character of the 2018 S-Class models from Mercedes-AMG is also evident in the interior: Both models welcome their passengers with an exclusive ambience. The AMG power sports seats with memory function and seat heating offer the driver and front passenger more lateral support. Nappa leather in AMG V-8 design with AMG badges in the front and rear backrests creates a luxurious atmosphere on board.
The Performance steering wheel, in an all-new design with flattened lower edge and sides, features two broad horizontal spokes between which the control elements for cruise control, telephony, DISTRONIC, volume and the on-board computer are positioned, and two vertical struts, one on either side of the AMG logo on the steering wheel rim. There are also shift paddles and a more sharply contoured rim in black nappa leather with perforated leather in the grip area. As an option the steering wheel can also be ordered in black nappa leather/DINAMICA microfibre.
Special touches include the embossed emblem on the armrest of the front centre console and the analogue clock in exclusive IWC design, which features three-dimensional, milled metal hands and genuine metal appliqués on the face. The S 65 is characterised by Exclusive nappa leather in the hallmark AMG diamond design as standard, and the optional designo Exclusive nappa leather interior concept in three attractive colour combinations.
Another hallmark AMG speciality are the displays: The 31.2-centimetre TFT wide-screen colour display reproduces round dials that provide information about engine speed, vehicle speed and lots of additional data. The driver can choose from three display designs, Classic, Sport and Progressive. In addition, the AMG menu has been expanded considerably. Among other things, it can display the engine and transmission oil temperature, boost pressure, lateral and longitudinal acceleration, engine output and torque, tyre temperatures and pressures as well as the current vehicle set-up.
Motorsport enthusiasts can record numerous vehicle data and lap times on the race track with AMG Track Pace in the Mercedes S 63 4MATIC+. All values are shown on the COMAND display, and in the Widescreen Cockpit the current times can also be read off in the instrument cluster. Based on the data, drivers are able to analyse their driving style with precision and can use the insights gained to improve their lap times.
The AMG 4.0-L V-8 Biturbo engine in the Mercedes S 63 4MATIC+ 2018 comes exclusively in the highest performance stage to date rated at 450 kW. The peak torque of 900 Nm also represents a new maximum. It is available across a wide rev range between 2750 and 4500 rpm, and thereby provides a sense of superior poise. The sprint from standstill to 100 kilometers per hour takes just 3.5 seconds, faster than in any other performance luxury saloon, and the dynamic push in the back does not end before reaching the electronically limited top speed of 250 kilometers per hour.
The further advanced AMG 4.0-L V-8 Biturbo engine utilises well-proven twin-turbo forced induction, with the two chargers not located outside on the cylinder banks, but rather between them in the V of the cylinders. The advantages of the "hot inside V" are: a compact engine design, an immediate response from the turbochargers and low exhaust emissions thanks to optimum airflow to the close-coupled catalytic converters.
Two twin-scroll turbochargers are deployed to boost performance and further improve response times. The housing is divided into two parallel flow passages. Combined with two separate exhaust ducts in the exhaust manifold, this makes it possible to control the exhaust gases on the turbine wheel separately. The exhaust gas from the first and fourth cylinders of the cylinder bank is fed into one duct and exhaust gas from the second and third cylinders to the other duct. The aim is to prevent the individual cylinders from having mutually adverse effects on the gas cycle. This reduces the exhaust gas back pressure and improves gas exchange. The results are increased output due to improved cylinder charge with fresh mixture, more torque at low revs and very immediate response times.
Other engine measures include new pistons, an optimised air intake and charge air cooling, as well as extensive software developments. Spray-guided direct petrol injection with piezo injectors, the all-aluminium crankcase, the four-valve-per-cylinder design with camshaft adjustment, alternator management, air-water charge air cooling, the ECO start/stop function and the gliding mode have all been retained.
To sum up, the eight-cylinder engine thrills with its exceptional power delivery and powerful acceleration in all engine speed ranges combined with maximum efficiency for low consumption and emission values.
The left-hand-drive version of the Mercedes S 63 4MATIC+ is available as standard with the fully variable AMG Performance 4MATIC+ all-wheel-drive system. This intelligent system combines the advantages of different drive concepts: The fully variable torque split between front and rear axle, another first, ensures not optimal traction. What is more: The driver is also able to rely on high handling stability and a high level of safety under all conditions, in the dry, in the wet or in snow.
The transition from rear-wheel to all-wheel drive and vice versa is seamless, because the intelligent control is integrated into the overall vehicle system architecture.
An electro-mechanically controlled clutch connects the permanently driven rear axle variably to the front axle. The best possible torque split is continuously computed according to the driving conditions and driver's input. The performance saloon can thus be driven in a continuously variable way from traction-oriented all-wheel drive to purely rear-wheel drive. Transitions are seamless and based on a sophisticated matrix. Alongside traction and lateral dynamics, the all-wheel drive also improves the longitudinal dynamics for even more powerful acceleration.
The right-hand-drive version of the Mercedes S 63 is equipped with the new engine and the new transmission. It is available solely with rear-wheel drive. The S 65 comes with rear wheel drive only too.
The 2018 Mercedes S 63 4MATIC+ is equipped with the AMG sports suspensions based on AIRMATIC with adaptive damping. Customers can preset the damping to the stages "Comfort” or "Sport” ‑ from relaxed long-distance comfort to dynamic sportiness.
Rebound and compression are set independently of each other, which optimises the adaptation to the driving status and the quality of the road. The freely programmable mapping furthermore allows a wide spread between minimum and maximum damper forces. The difference between the comfortable and sporty suspension setting is thus more refined and is subjectively even more perceptible – depending on the particular driving situation.
2018 Mercedes-AMG developed special front axle kinematics including a higher wheel camber, bigger stabiliser bar and more rigid subframe mount at the rear axle exclusively for the S 63 4MATIC+. These measures optimise the vehicle's agility when employing a spirited driving style. With the newly developed front axle and the specially tuned all-wheel drive, the Mercedes S 63 4MATIC+ has significantly gained in driving dynamics.
S 65: AMG sports suspension based on MAGIC BODY CONTROL with curve-tilting function
The MAGIC BODY CONTROL suspension of the S 65 is focused on driving dynamics and prepares for bumps before the vehicle runs over them. To this end, MAGIC BODY CONTROL combines the active springs of the suspension with continuously adjustable dampers. The system precisely scans the condition of the road ahead with the help of a stereo camera to adjust the damping of each individual wheel optimally to the upcoming bumps already ahead of time.
The standard curve-tilting function causes the body of the vehicle to tilt to the inside of a turn by up to 2.65 degrees. This significantly reduces the perceived lateral forces and enhances ride comfort, in particular on secondary roads.
Depending on the driving mode, the springing behaviour can be set to comfortable or sporty to suit personal preferences and/or the curve-tilting function can be activated. The active suspension effectively compensates body roll, squat and dive when moving off the line, in curves and during braking. The continuously adjustable dampers enable comfortable basic damping and a speed-dependent firm setting.
Anyone looking to customise the Mercedes S 63 4MATIC+ and S 65 even further can choose from a host of options when it comes to the technology, the exterior and the interior. The exterior can be tailored to personal preferences with the Night package, attractive alternative wheels and a Carbon package. In the interior, the black nappa leather/DINAMICA microfibre Performance steering wheel boosts the sporty character. Carbon or carbon/piano lacquer trim elements round off the possibilities.
- AMG Exterior Carbon Fibre package: High-quality details in clear-coated carbon fibre add distinctively sporty accents from every angle – from the jet wing of the front apron to the outside mirror housings, the inlays in the side skirts and the upper insert in the rear apron.
- AMG Night package: Elements in high-gloss black emphasise the vehicle's sporty nature – from the trim strips on the front apron's jet wing and on the rear apron to the outside mirror housings, the inlay in the AMG side skirts and the two black chromed twin tailpipes.
- AMG carbon fibre engine cover: High-quality genuine carbon fibre underlines the power of the engine in visual terms.
Centre armrest front and rear in nappa leather with contrasting topstitching; upper instrument panel and centre door panels in nappa leather with contrasting topstitching; grab handles in nappa leather with contrasting topstitching; roof liner and sun visors in DINAMICA microfibre.
Exclusive Trim Package; door sill panels with illuminated "AMG" lettering; boot loading sill in stainless steel; map pockets in driver and front passenger backrests in nappa leather; AMG floor mats.3-spoke AMG Performance steering wheel in black nappa leather/DINAMICA microfibre, flattened at lower edge, steering wheel bezel in silver chrome with "AMG" lettering, silver-coloured aluminium shift paddles and 12 o'clock marking. The integral touch-control buttons allow intuitive control of most functions. Cruise control has also been integrated into the left-hand side of the grip area.
- AMG Exclusive Package with AMG sports seats with optimised lateral support; seat covers in Exclusive nappa leather with contrasting topstitching; seat upholstery in hallmark AMG diamond design; AMG badges in the front and rear seat backrests.
- AMG ceramic high-performance composite brake system with compound brake discs measuring 420 x 40 millimeter and 360 x 32 millimeter and specially painted brake callipers with "AMG Carbon Ceramic" lettering. Exceptionally short braking distances, a precise pressure point and outstanding resistance to fading even under extreme operating conditions - the AMG ceramic high-performance composite brake system offers motorsport-like braking performance and weighs around 40 percent less than conventional compound brake discs.