Mercedes AMG performance line has rolled out overhauled versions of its S63 and S65 cars, bringing in fancier grilles and downsized engines.
Both versions of the performance-focused S-Class cars have the new Panamericana grille giving both the Coupe and Cabriolet versions of the cars a toothy, chrome covered nose that harks back to the 1950s Mercedes 300SL.
But the real changes happen beneath the bonnet, with the S63 AMG 4MATIC+ featuring a a twin-turbo 4.0-litre V8, downsized from the 5.5-litre engine to make it more fuel efficient yet still capable of producing 603 horsepower. Combined with a nine-speed automatic transmission sending that power to an all-wheel drive system, the S63 can make the sprint to 60mph in a mere 3.4 seconds.
For speed fans wanting an AMG with more guts, the S65 AMG taps into Merc’s 621 horsepower 6.0-litre twin-turbo V12 with 737ib ft or 1000Nm of torque on offer at 2,300rpm; arguably more than anyone needs on public roads.
The S65 also comes with some chassis wizardry in the form of Mercedes’ Magic Body Control with Curve Tilt, which uses stereoscopic cameras to read the road ahead and tweak the suspension to essentially make the car lean into corners.
On the interior both cars have a suitably techy cabin as expected from the latest Mercedes cars, with the dash sporting a 31.2cm TFT colour display for relying all manner of data from rpm and speed to driving modes such as ‘Comfort’, ‘Sport’ and ‘Sport+’. A whole host of interior options such as trim options can be selected for both the interior and exterior, including alternative wheels and a carbon package.