Mercedes S63 AMG: Frankfurt motor show 2013

Mercedes-Benz has revealed full spec and UK prices for the new S63 AMG model at the Frankfurt motor show

The all-new Mercedes S63 AMG has had its full unveil at the 2013 Frankfurt motor show. The sports saloon is the latest in a minor product onslaught from AMG, with four more models due in the near future.

The latest S63 gets Merc's now well-established ‘M157’ 5.5-litre twin-turbo V8 engine. In this guise, it pushes out 577bhp and 664lb ft of torque, monstrous figures delivering near-supercar performance, with a 4.4sec 0-60 time and the usual electronically limited 155mph top speed, this rises to 186mph with an optional AMG Drivers Package. Though it is £2760 - you have to be a committed autobahn user to justify the cost...

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The engine is coupled to a seven-speed MCT transmission, and ESP is fitted as standard with ‘Curve Dynamic Assist’ – which effectively acts like a limited slip differential by braking the inside wheel during cornering. Official CO2 figures stand at 237g/km, meaning a combined fuel consumption figure of 27mpg.

There’s a new suspension system called Magic Body Control, which reads bumps and undulations in the road ahead, and adjusts the suspension to smother them with perfectly calculated damping.

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Mercedes says that the latest generation S63 saves more than 100kg of weight over the previous model, thanks to lightweight forged AMG alloy wheels, lightweight lithium-ion battery (following on from the SLS Black series) as well as the £7090 optional carbon-ceramic brake package.

The S63 AMG will be available in both long and short-wheelbase guises, with an option of four-wheel drive in left-hand drive markets. The UK will be limited to the rear-drive long-wheelbase version. Mercedes has also hinted at an even higher tech future for the S63, with future models likely to benefit from hybrid technology, while a workaround to get four-wheel drive for right-hand drive S63s is also expected to lie in the future.

First deliveries will start in November 2013, with UK prices starting at £119,565.

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