In this month’s review with Castrol, we’ll take an up close and in depth look at the all new 2016 Mercedes S63 AMG Coupe.
The styling is the first thing you’ll take in whether you’re up close to the S-Class Coupe or it’s approaching from distance. Mercedes-Benz representatives said the designers wanted an exterior that looked like the vehicle was about to pounce. The coupe shares the sum total of zero body parts with the saloon; in fact the exterior mirrors are the only common items. The rear three-quarter view especially is imposing. The styling cue across the top of the rear windscreen harks back to the CL-Class and is a subtle nod to this vehicle’s recent heritage. Whichever way you cut it, the S63 AMG Coupe has a strong road presence.
It’s what’s hiding under the flowing bonnet that remains the S-Class’ piece de resistance. The 5.5-litre V8 engine is a powerhouse and reminds the greedy among us that we can have our cake and eat it too. Utilising bi-turbo technology, it cranks out a whopping 430kW and 900Nm — the same numbers as the saloon.
The engine is backed by the AMG multi-clutch seven-speed transmission, and there’s a subtle improvement in fuel economy with the ADR combined figure down to 10.2L/100km. The heavyweight coupe gets from 0-100km/h in 4.2 seconds. Despite the increase in performance, the S63 AMG Coupe meets strict Euro VI emissions standards.