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.