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£124,435 when new
Which fast Mercedes saloon is this? It’s the new S63 AMG. Though not entirely new; it’s a facelift of a car that’s been with us around four years. Its styling is very marginally different – fancier lights is about the measure of it – but it’s a new engine with more power that’s most interesting. The S63 AMG uses the same 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 you’ll find in the hottest version of the Mercedes E63 AMG, producing 604bhp and 664lb ft. But without the E-Class’s clever four-wheel-drive system (and with more heft to shift) it’s nearly a second slower to 62mph, taking 4.3secs if you’ve got a long wheelbase version like the car here. That’s still fairly swift for a two-tonne, 5.3m-long limo, of course. As is its 186mph top speed if you specify the £2,755 AMG Driver’s Package. The autobahn needs to be your daily commute if you’re to justify ticking that options box beyond mere bragging rights. The price before options? A princely £125,690. Does it feel like a monster on the road?