There are cars that are fun behind the wheel and then there are cars that youll rather let someone drive and you take the back seat. Sit back, relax and enjoy. The S-Class has always been the latter. Untilnow.
The car that you see here sports an S badge on the hood, but theres barely any space at the back seat. It also has only two doors and looks even better than the regular S-Class. Not just that, the guys at Affalterbach in Germany at AMG, Mercs performance cars arm, have given the S Coupe a full-blown workout to make it one hell of a comfort-sports car. Its meant to be fast and comfortable, very.
It has the same 5.5-litre AMG V8 that we are all familiar with. Compared to other cars that it sits in, here, its been tuned produce far more power and torque – 580bhp and 900Nm of twist. That's 200Nm more that the Lambo Aventador and the LaFerrari\\! It produces more torque than any other car that's sold in India.
You may think that all that torque will just shred the tyres and its a bit too much for a rear-wheel drive car. But the electronics make sure the power and torque is used cleanly and has only one agenda – to propel the S63 towards the horizon with maddening velocity. With all that power at its disposal, the S63 cracks 100kph from standstill in just 4.2 seconds and onwards to a top speed of a restricted 250kph.
Inside the cabin, this V8 isnt the best sounding engine. A lot of sound deadening is done in a quest to keep the cabin quiet and insulated from the outside world. But you if really want to hear this mammoth doing what it does best, simply roll down the windows to be treated with some nice V8 music.
With other manufacturers going in for single-clutch gearboxes when such high amounts of torque is to be dealt with, Merc has stuck to a dual-clutch one. Its decently quick by sportscar standards and the seven ratios give the engine a lot of flexibility to either be in the power band or the eco zone, depending on the mode you choose. It doesn't have lightning fast reactions, though.
The S63 wasnt designed to be outright supercar-like razor sharp. Its supposed to be comfortable too. You understand that the minute you take a quick corner. It does stick to its line nicely, but you back off from doing things youd do in a supercar. It does lean in to a fair extent through corners. You know that its not too light and the weight does make its presence felt sometimes. But when it comes to the steering feel, its confident and reassuring.
You cant have a car with an S badging on it and have a harsh ride. Despite all the performance upgrades on the S63 AMG, the guys at Affalterbach have ensured that the ride remains supple and comforting. The suspension filters out the irregularities of the road well. Internationally, the S63 AMG too gets the radar-based Magic Body Control. But its been given a skip in India because of the government regulations. Pity.
The S63 AMG Coupe is one beautiful car. The overall silhouette is superbly laid out. Its certainly not as long as the four-door version, but the long hood with sharp creases on it, and a typical Merc face with Swarovski crystal-like LEDs in the headlamps makes it one of the most striking cars on the road today. The rear too is artistically designed where the sloping roofline blends in with boot seamlessly. The tail lamps too are a work of art - they have a bit of AMG GT-ness in them – and a chrome strip that runs the breadth of the car is like a ribbon on a perfectly wrapped parcel.
The cabin is as nicely crafted as the outside. Our test car was finished with brown upholstery that may not suit everyones taste, the fit and finish, as youd expect, is flawless. There's a bit of carbon fibre in the centre console and the dash too, again to give it that AMG touch. This one, like the SLK has the Magic Sky Control – auto dimming sunroof. Its all fancy and in functional too – keeps the cabin temperature down up to 10 degree compared to the ambient temperature.
The rear seats arent spacious at all. Its more a 2+2 than a proper four seater. The sloping roof line takes away a lot of room for your head, and a full-grown adult will be a tight fit at the back.
Its a great package, the S63 AMG Coupe. Its comfortable (in the front seats), its insanely fast and the engine has a lot of go in it. The design too is a benchmark, inside out. But when it comes to price, theres something that might drop your jaw right to the floor. Merc asks for Rs 2.60 crore (ex-showroom, Delhi) for this AMG Coupe. Thats really a lot of money. But if you consider its rival, the Bentley Conti GT, youd still find it cheaper by a good Rs 50 lakh. Its far sportier than the Bentley too.
Specs5461cc, V8, bi-turbo, petrol, 580bhp, 900Nm, 7A, RWD, 0-100kph\: 4.2 seconds, top speed\: 250kph (limited), price\: Rs 2.60 crore (ex-showroom, Delhi)
VerdictBeautifully designed, very fast and comfortable. All the sports coupe you need.