2014 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG 4Matic Packs 577 Horsepower and Less Weight

By Jacob Brown | July 17, 2013
There comes a time in a wealthy executive's life when exclusivity loses its luster. Power just doesn't feel like enough. You get bored with the status quo, no matter how lofty it may be. It happens to everyone, even those of us stuck driving old compacts with crank windows.
But the rich have a lot more fun when it comes to how to deal with their midlife crises. Case-in-point: the 2014 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG 4Matic.
Already the Magna Carta--or Holy Grail--of flagship luxury sedans, the Mercedes-Benz S-Class gets an ample power upgrade in S550 form for 2014, from 429 to 455. The S63 AMG 4Matic's improvement is from 536 horsepower to a more respectable 577 horses and 664 pound-feet of torque, courtesy of a twin-turbo 5.5-liter V-8. That's more like it. In the U.S., Mercedes-Benz is finding that just because owners can afford big power doesn't mean they can control it all so well, so it's been gradually endowing AMG models with all-wheel drive. That's right, you can no longer get the S63 to lay a 300-foot strip of burnt rubber on your favorite back road. Mercedes claims 67 percent of its power will be routed through the rear wheels for generally the same driving experience as older S63s in normal conditions. Courtesy of all that muscle and an up to 220-pound weight reduction, the 2014 S63 AMG 4Matic should be able to hit 60 mph from standstill in 3.9 seconds, which is likely conservative. It will be good for an electronically limited 186 mph, which we dare an S63 owner to do with passengers aboard--on a closed racing circuit, of course. Some of the features that make the 2014 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG 4Matic unique include active exhaust shutters to hush the car when you're not actively looking for a death wish, a lithium-ion battery that shaves 44 pounds from the S-Class, and a seven-speed sports transmission. For the first time, 16.5-inch carbon ceramic disc brakes will also be available. We're not sure why they're needed unless someone plans to take this S-Class to the track, but we're not going to complain. Our own Matt Askari recently drove the 2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class, and we'll have our First Drive impressions up in no time. Expect the first 2014 S-Classes to arrive in September and October, with the S550 4Matic to follow in November, and the S63 AMG 4Matic to show up in time for Thanksgiving, too. Source: Mercedes-Benz