If the Rs 2.32 crore Mercedes-AMG GT R is a shot of tequila downed to pounding membership music, this Rs 2.55 crore S 63 Coupe is a single malt that’s greatest loved to clean jazz. It’s a automobile that provides a really totally different AMG expertise in comparison with our new Observe Day star (examine it in our 19th anniversary concern) but it surely’s an AMG expertise nonetheless.
This revised-for-2018 S 63 Coupe is the recipient of a slew of updates, most notably its new engine. The older S 63’s 5.5-litre, twin-turbo V8 engine has made means for AMG’s four.Zero-litre, twin-turbo V8 that additionally powers the C 63 S, E 63 S and GTs in differing states of tune. On the S 63, the four.Zero engine places out a mighty 621hp, which is definitely 36hp up on the bigger engine, although the torque determine stands unchanged at a colossal 900Nm. All that energy goes solely to the rear wheels through a brand new nine-speed automated gearbox that comes rather than the older seven-speed torque converter unit. An fascinating truth is that right-hand-drive S 63s, just like the one offered in India, didn’t make the transition to all-wheel drive like their left-hand-drive siblings have. That ought to clarify why the Indian S 63’s launch-control-enabled Zero-100kph time of four.2sec is a considerable Zero.7sec off, say, the German S 63’s time.
However away from the drag strip, the efficiency numbers are merely tutorial. As a result of the way in which the S 63 pulls is nothing wanting mind-boggling for what’s a two-tonne-plus luxurious liner. And it’s not simply preliminary acceleration. It doesn’t matter what pace it’s possible you’ll be at, the engine all the time has extra to present. Efficiency is so accessible that you’re nearly all the time going quicker than you suppose you’re. It actually does make sense to tick that choice for head-up show to raised regulate pace. Another excuse the S 63 feels so deceivingly fast is the good sound insulation. There’s that little bit of tyre rumble that seeps into the cabin at ton-up speeds however wind noise stays beautifully contained. And whereas the engine does make the precise noises when prodded, it’s not typical AMG-loud or brash, which, if you consider it’s really in line with this automobile’s persona. What you do get is a full-bodied exhaust notice that may be dialled up in quantity. Driving modes assist dictate how AMG you need your S 63 to really feel, and there’s additionally an Particular person setting to combine and match engine, gearbox, steering and suspension settings to your liking. Oh, and when the going is simple, the engine will run on 4 cylinders to maintain effectivity up. Intelligent. Negatives? There aren’t many. Nonetheless, the gearbox can really feel a bit jerky in engagement in low-speed settings, and likewise within the increased gears on all-out acceleration runs.
Going the gap
Our very first expertise of the S 63 was within the confines of the MMRT racetrack close to Chennai, and the large Merc did really feel misplaced. Certain, there’s a gorgeous smoothness to the steering and the automobile is definitely fairly agile for its measurement however a monitor instrument it’s not. Lengthy, winding corners are extra its factor than fast tight ones. The factor is, at its very core, the S 63 is a grand tourer that’s designed to gobble up pace de-restricted sections of the Autobahn. And it’s on sparsely trafficked expressways that you could actually expertise the automobile in its factor. The S 63 is extremely properly tied down always and straightline stability is freight-train good. What additionally ups long-distance consolation is that the air suspension’s setup is extra S-class than AMG. Excessive-speed experience stays flat in all modes, although the diploma of ‘give’ is a operate of the mode you’re in.
To advance the driving expertise additional, Mercedes has additionally geared up the up to date S 63 for India with camera- and radar-based driver aids. There’s adaptive cruise management that may robotically preserve a set distance to a car up entrance at speeds of as much as 210kph, and there’s additionally Lively Steering Help that may steer the automobile for you on mild bends as long as you will have your arms on the wheel. The techniques work simply superb on well-marked roads however the fact is, within the chaos of Indian highways, there was solely so lengthy we might convey ourselves to depend on the electronics. What’s a useful choice, nevertheless, is Evening View Help that makes use of infrared and thermal imaging to spotlight risks comparable to pedestrians and animals hidden at midnight of the night time, by the use of a picture on the instrument binnacle.
There’s an simple class concerning the S 63 Coupe’s type – the lengthy bonnet and stretched again tail are traditional luxurious coupé – and the small revisions on the up to date mannequin make it much more of a looker. You possibly can inform this S 63 other than the outdated one by AMG’s new vertically slatted ‘Panamericana’ grille, the restyled entrance bumper with bigger vents, in addition to by the intense OLEDs (natural gentle emitting diode) on the tail-lights. The best way the 33 OLEDs on either side gentle up in sequence on locking/unlocking the automobile is a sight in its personal proper. As ever, the outside is customisable, with all the things from the carbon-fibre trim to LED headlights encrusted with Swarovski crystals! Even the 20-inch rims are provided in a variety of designs.
There’s rather a lot you are able to do to the S 63’s cabin as properly. There’s a selection of colors for the nappa leather-based upholstery, carbon-fibre detailing is out there for a racier look, and will the 13-speaker normal Burmester sound system appear insufficient, you’ll be able to go for a 25-speaker unit. The choices card additionally features a panoramic glass roof that may go from opaque to clear on the contact of a button. Simply excellent.
As is, the S 63’s inside gives a superb place to begin for any customisation. All the cabin is completed within the best of supplies, and because of its twin screens, the sprint stays up to date in look. Updates to the display screen interface (it’s nonetheless not a touchscreen) have made it that little bit crisper, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are welcome additions and there’s additionally the choice of three themes for the devices show. Barely gimmicky is the Energizing Consolation Management – a ‘temper enhancer’ with tailored seat therapeutic massage, local weather management, perfume, ambient lighting and audio programmes to uplift the occupants’ mind-set. To be trustworthy, it didn’t make us get pleasure from our drives any extra, or perhaps we simply weren’t receptive sufficient. In any case, the S 63’s hushed cabin is so calming, you received’t really feel the necessity for any extra intervention to start with.
Of the opposite issues, entrance seat consolation is good, with all method of changes, air flow and therapeutic massage capabilities, whereas those on the again provide satisfactory house and luxury for adults, if just for brief distances. Nonetheless, this isn’t the S-class to think about if rear seat consolation is a precedence.
Indulge Your self
Luxurious whenever you need it to be, and fast whenever you want it to be, the up to date S 63 Coupe manages to enhance on the previous model by being simply as fast, but higher geared up. The stratospheric asking value means it stays out of the attain of mere mortals, however these with satisfactory funds could see some worth within the proposition too, provided that its closest various, the Bentley Continental GT, begins at Rs three.6 crore (ex-showroom). Automobiles of this type are indulgences, and the S 63 Coupe is without doubt one of the greatest you’ll be able to have. Simply keep in mind, it’s loved greatest with some jazz.