Mercedes-Benz Enhances the S 63 AMG and S 65 AMG Saloons
Mercedes-Benz S 63 AMG Saloon
Mercedes-Benz S 63 AMG Saloon
Mercedes-Benz S 65 AMG Saloon
28th April, 2009
The Mercedes-Benz S 63 AMG and S 65 AMG saloons, the powerful
top-of-the-line S-Class models, have now been made even more appealing thanks to a series of subtle yet extremely
effective fine-tuning measures. These two performance saloons are even more striking and impressive than ever before.
The updated technology in these cars is aimed at ensuring a more dynamic driving experience as well as optimum active
and passive safety.
Exclusivity and dynamism combined with effortless superiority and state-of-the-art technology – both of the top
S-Class models from Mercedes-AMG embody all of these characteristics and more.
The S 63 AMG, with its 386 kW AMG 6.3-litre V8 engine developing 630 Newton metres of torque, is capable of
accelerating to a speed of 100 km/h in 4.6 seconds.
The S 65 AMG, meanwhile, demonstrates even greater superiority: its AMG 6.0-litre biturbo V12 engine delivers
maximum power of 450 kW and maximum torque of 1,000 Newton metres, accelerating from 0 to 100 km/h in just 4.4
Both saloons are electronically limited to 250 km/h.
Despite no changes having been made to the engine data and performance values, it has still been possible to reduce
fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by up to 3 per cent.
Contributing to the already-imposing styling of these range-leading models is the new, more pronounced arrow-shaped
radiator grille, featuring twin chrome-plated louvres in the case of the S 65 AMG.
The new front apron incorporates striking, AMG-specific LED daytime driving lights and two transverse air outlets
on each side.
Further striking features include the "6.3 AMG" or "V12 Biturbo" lettering on the front guards and redesigned
Side sill panels emphasise the elegant line of the front apron through to the rear of the vehicle, where the new
rear apron features yet another highlight: the centre section of the diffuser insert is now painted in the same colour
as the vehicle body.
New rear lamps with 52 LEDs in the form of a double "C" also give the S-Class an unmistakable appearance from
A distinctive element of both models comes in the guise of the sports exhaust with two chromed twin tailpipes,
featuring a V12 design in the case of the S 65 AMG.
Visual aspects which distinguish the V8 from the V12 model also include the attractive AMG light alloy wheels: the
S 63 AMG has 19-inch multi-spoke wheels painted titanium grey with a high-sheen finish and fitted with 255/40 (front)
and 275/40 (rear) tyres.
The S 65 AMG, on the other hand, comes with 20-inch forged wheels painted in titanium grey with a mirror finish
and fitted with 255/35 (front) and 275/35 (rear) tyres.
Crosswind stabilisation, Torque Vectoring Brake and Direct-Steer system
The AMG sports suspension, which is based on the Mercedes-Benz Active Body Control (ABC) suspension system,
provides crosswind stabilisation as standard equipment for the first time. Thanks to this function, influences caused
by crosswinds are compensated for, or - in the case of strong gusts - reduced to a minimum.
ABC compensates against the effect of crosswinds by adjusting the wheel load distribution within milliseconds,
using the yaw-rate and lateral acceleration sensors of the ESP® Electronic Stability Programme.
Also making up the standard equipment is the new Torque Vectoring Brake. When cornering, brief direct application
of the brakes has an effect on the vehicle's inner rear wheel so that the saloon corners precisely and under control
at all times. The Torque Vectoring Brake is an additional feature of the ESP® Electronic Stability Programme and not
only improves responsiveness but also active handling safety, which is particularly noticeable in critical
The driving experience is further heightened thanks to the Direct-Steer system. With its variable ratio depending
on steering angle, it helps to ensure a more direct response when cornering, and therefore more responsive handling -
in brief: enhanced driving pleasure at the wheel of the Mercedes-AMG S-Class.
Based on the ADAPTIVE BRAKE system, the high-performance braking system continues to provide optimum creep
strength, deceleration and sensitivity. The front axle features a double floating brake calliper. This exclusive
technology combines the advantages of a sliding-calliper disc brake - reduced heat transfer to the brake fluid and
clear advantages in terms of comfort thanks to the brake lining guide mechanism - with the efficiency of an extra
large fixed calliper brake.
Extensive range of standard equipment with exclusive flair
The interior appointments are every bit as exclusive as the high-tech package: as soon as its door is opened, the
S 65 AMG welcomes the driver with large, animated "AMGV12 BITURBO" lettering in the instrument cluster's central
The main menu provides the driver with information about engine oil temperature, current gear range, battery
voltage, and the RACETIMER, which displays lap times when on the race track.
In the case of the S 63 AMG, the extensive range of standard equipment includes not only PASSION leather
appointments, with natural leather in the seat side bolsters, but also front sports seats with climate control,
massage, multicontour and driving dynamics control functions.
The Exclusive PASSION leather upholstery in the S 65 AMG, meanwhile, with its AMG V12 diamond pattern design,
exudes an air of even greater refinement.
Ample use of burr walnut trim elements and the AMG-specific analogue clock, featuring an IWC (International
Watch Company of Schaffhausen, Switzerland) design, are a given in both models.
Both the SPEEDSHIFT 7G-TRONIC of the S 63 AMG, as well as the five speed automatic SPEEDSHIFT transmission of
the S 65 AMG, are fitted with DIRECT SELECT gearshift. Gear changes are carried out by means of aluminium shift
paddles on the new AMG sports steering wheel.
New standards in active and passive safety
In addition, both of the top-of-the-line models set new standards when it comes to active and passive safety
through a combination of innovative camera and radar-based driver assistance systems.
These include the ATTENTION ASSIST drowsiness detection system, Adaptive Highbeam Assist, Lane Keeping Assist,
and the PRE-SAFE®Brakes, which are linked to the proximity regulating radar and intervene independently in the
event of an impending accident to act like an invisible crumple zone.
The Night View Assist with infrared camera also features a novel pedestrian detection system. The pictures
from the windscreen camera are also used by the new Speed Limit Assist, available as an option (not available for
Australia at time of publication).
The Brake Assist PLUS and DISTRONIC PLUS proximity control support the driver in the event of emergency
braking. The PRE-SAFE® positioning function and NECK-PRO head restraints are also included as standard.
New infotainment systems, including COMAND APS with new SPLITVIEW display, which shows different images for
driver and front passenger simultaneously, enhance occupant comfort even further.
Exclusive optional extras are also available from the AMG PERFORMANCE STUDIO:
- AMG 20-inch double-spoke forged wheels, painted in titanium grey with a mirror finish and fitted with 255/35
R 20 front and 275/30 R 20 rear tyres
- AMG trim elements in carbon/piano lacquer
- AMG floor mats
While the S 63 AMG is available in short or long-wheelbase versions, the S 65 AMG is only available as a
Both top-of-the-line AMG models will have their European market launches from June 2009.
Australian specifications and pricing for the new-generation S 63 AMG and S 65 AMG will be announced closer to
their Australian arrival, which is currently expected to be this October.