Mercedes-AMG S 63/S 65 Coupé/Cabrio Facelift – After Mercedes has refreshed the four-door S-Class and now also the Coupé and the Cabriolet, the sports models are also on the line. The S-Class AMG Coupé and convertible will be presented at the IAA 2017 in Frankfurt (14 to 24 September). The Panamericana grill introduced with the AMG GT R and the “jet wing”front apron will provide a new look. The front splitter is made of high-gloss chrome. The side skirts feature three-dimensional inserts, which are also chrome-plated, for model maintenance. An updated apron with diffuser insert and designed double tailpipes is accommodated at the rear. OLED taillights are now installed exclusively in coupé and convertible. They consist of 33 light emitting diodes per side, which generates a new light signature and have a “coming home” function when the vehicle is locked and unlocked.
Interior: Two 12.3-inch displays under glass
Of course, Mercedes has also reworked the interior of the S-Coupé and convertible. However, fundamental changes are to be found above all in infotainment. The 12.3-inch displays found in the AMG models are also installed under an ordinary glass. The instruments are painted with a coat of paint from Affalterbach. Three display modes can be displayed: “Classic,”Sport” and “Progressive.” The AMG menu has also been extended. Now, engine and transmission oil temperature, tire temperature and boost pressure can be displayed. The AMG Performance steering wheel is flattened at the bottom, has shift paddles and now has a more perforated grip area. Apart from that, the AMG-typical sports seats, the embossed AMG crest on the central armrest and an analog watch in the IWC design are on board. Optionally, trim panels in carbon/piano lacquer look in black can be ordered.
Equipment: Special model “Yellow Night Edition” for market launch
AMG also tackled the issue of material at the facelift. S 63 models are equipped as standard with 4matic+ all-wheel drive, which distributes the torque to the individual wheels depending on the driving situation. It may also be the case that it is better to use the only rear-wheel drive in a particular driving condition. Also, the 63 models now have the AMG Speed Shifting MCT-9G transmission. It replaces the automatic transmission from the regular S-Class coupé with a wet start-up clutch. The gearbox allows the S 63 to use the simplified launch control “Race Start.”
The stronger S 65 Coupé and convertible continued to rely on the “AMG Speed Shift TCT-7G transmission. The S 63 also features a new specific front axle kinematics including the higher wheel camber. The flap exhaust is standard on all 63 models. The S 65, on the other hand, is fitted as standard with the AMG Active Ride Control chassis. It has a curve-tilting function that sends the car’s body up to 2.65 degrees inside curves. AMG offers the optional Night Package with alternative rims and various carbon parts for the outer appearance. AMG takes over the assistance systems directly from Mercedes.
Mercedes-AMG S 63/S 65 Coupé: Colors
At the market launch, AMG is offering the S 63 4matic+ for six months as a “Yellow Night Edition.” The model is optionally painted in “Selenite gray magno” or optionally in “Night black magno” and has an ornamental stripe on the mirror housing in yellow. Also, there are seven-spoke rims in matt black with yellow brake calipers. A ceramic brake system in the edition model ensures the deceleration. The special model also features an aerodynamic package with an extended front splitter in high-gloss black and a tear-off edge on the tailgate in the same color. On the sides of the vehicle, there are yellow racing stripes. Yellow accents are set in the interior in the form of decorative seams.
Connectivity: “AMG Track Pace” displays lap times
Infotainment has been upgraded: Mercedes is extending the voice control of the S-Class Coupé and S-Cabriolet with the functions already available in the S-Class saloon and E-Class. Air-conditioning, seat heating, and ambient lighting can be set by voice command. Also, the infotainment system includes 3D displays, car-to-X warnings, weather data, petrol stations including fuel prices and parking lot information.
Comand online infotainment with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is standard. The inductive charger for the smartphone is also always on board, which can also be used to charge other devices with the Qi standard (up to a screen diagonal of 15.2 inches). So, the AMG versions take over these features, while the factory tuner adds “AMG Track Pace” to the range of functions. Displays lap times and vehicle data on the Comand screen.
Engines: Downsizing from 5.5-litre to 4.0-litre V8 engines
AMG is now also using the V8 Biturbo with four-litre displacement in the 63 series in the Mercedes S-Class Coupé Facelift. However, it is only installed at the highest performance level. In this configuration, the engine delivers 612 hp and 900 Nm of torque – 27 hp more than its predecessor with more displacement. So, the 100 km/h mark has been broken after 3.5 seconds; the maximum speed is 250 km/h (with the AMG Drivers Package at 300 km/h). Versions with the “65” on the tailgate continue to run with the proven six-liter V12 and 630 hp.
Mercedes-AMG S 63 and S 65 Technical data:
Mercedes-AMG S 63 4MATIC+ Coupé: V8 petrol engine; 3982 ccm; 612 hp; 900 Nm maximum torque; 9.3 litre standard fuel consumption; 0 to 100 km/h in 3.5 seconds.
Mercedes-AMG S 63 4MATIC+ Cabriolet: V8 petrol engine; 3982 ccm; 612 hp; 900 Nm maximum torque; 10.1 litre standard fuel consumption; 0 to 100 km/h in 3.5 seconds.
Mercedes-AMG S 65 Coupé: V12 petrol engine; 5980 ccm; 630 hp; 1000 Nm maximum torque; 11.9 litre standard fuel consumption; 0 to 100 km/h in 4.1 seconds.
Mercedes-AMG S 65 Cabriolet: V12 petrol engine; 5980 ccm; 630 hp; 1000 Nm maximum torque; 12.0 litre standard fuel consumption; 0 to 100 km/h in 4.1 seconds.