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3/4 Front Glamour 2013 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG

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MPG 15 City / 23 Highway
Pros
  • Powerful engine options
  • Smooth and quiet ride on highway
  • Refined and luxurious interior
  • Spacious back seat
Cons
  • Not easy to park
  • Questionable reliability history
, Automotive Editor -
The Mercedes-Benz S63 isn't quite the ultimate S-Class sedan, but it comes awfully close for a significantly lower MSRP than the S600 or S65.

Introduction

The S63 AMG sits near the top of Mercedes-Benz's S-Class lineup, just below the range-topping S65 AMG. This premium luxury sedan is not only extremely comfortable, but it has the power to hang with many sports cars in the world. Fir the 2013 model year, the S63 AMG mostly carries over from the 2012 model year. The only change made is that the Premium 2 package is now standard on the S63 AMG, adding in standard multi-contour seats, front and rear parking sensors, rearview camera and keyless ignition and entry.

For the 2013 model year, the S63 AMG comes in only one trim level that features a 5.5-liter bi-turbo engine that wallops asphalt with 536 horsepower and 590 foot-pounds of torque. This engine mates up to a seven-speed automated manual transmission, which helps get the S63 AMG to 60 mph in only 4.4 seconds.

With just one trim level available, Benz relies on three main optional packages to add extra luxury and performance to this sedan. These packages begin with the Driver Assistance package, which includes DISTRONIC PLUS with PRE-SAFE braking, Active Blind Spot Assist and Active Lane Keeping Assist. Next up is the Rear Seat Package, which adds in eight way power outer rear seats, five-passenger seating, quad-zone climate control and heated and ventilated rear seats. Lastly is the AMG Performance Package, which bumps the engine output to 563 horsepower and 664 foot-pounds of torque, increases the top speed to 186 mph and adds in a carbon-fiber engine cover.

Competition for the S63 AMG is scarce, but close. The competition starts with the 2013 BMW 760Li, which features a 6.0-liter V-12 engine with 535 horsepower and 550 foot-pounds of torque, sprints to 60 mph in only 4.5 seconds and a 16-speaker, 600-watt, 7.1-channel audio system. Next up is the Audi S8, which comes with a 4.0-liter V-8 engine with 520 horsepower, a 3.9-secondsprint to 60 mph and standard quattro AWD. Lastly, you have the Jaguar XJ Supersport, which comes with a 5.0-liter V-8 engine with 510 horsepower, a 4.7-second 0-to-60 mph time and a massive 20-speaker sound system.

Competition is fierce for the S63 AMG, but Mercedes and AMG have been doing this a long time. Even with its long-running tuning history, the S63 still needs to put its best foot forward to continue to compete.

Which Style To Buy?

2013 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG
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2013 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG Base

Recommended for: Buyers that want luxury car look and feel with supercar-like performance

The base trim level is all there is for the S63 AMG, but this sports sedan is chock-full of premium features. On the outside, it includes an AMG body kit to help distinguish it from the lesser S-Class models, a set of xenon HID headlights with Active Curve Illumination help keep you safer at night, 20-inch AMG alloy wheels help the enhance the car’s looks and performance, and AMG’s high-performance compound braking system brings this powerful sedan to a halt quickly. Inside the cabin, the S63 AMG features premium leather upholstery to keep you comfortable, 12-way power seats to assure you have the best seating angle, and a Harman/Kardon LOGIC7 5.1-channel surround-sound system with a 7.2 GB music hard drive and six-disc CD/DVD changer.

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