The Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG 4Matic Coupe, which had its world premiere at the New York International Auto Show in April, is about to arrive in North American dealerships.
Along with being one of the prettiest cars on the road, it promises to be one of the quickest.
Its 5.5-litre, biturbo AMG V-8 engine is rated at 577 horsepower and 664 lb-ft of torque and like all AMG V-8 and V-12 engines, it is assembled by hand and signed by a single technician.
The engine is mated to an AMG-exclusive Speedshift MCT automatic seven-speed sport transmission. They combine to accelerate the big coupe from 0-to-100 km/h in about 4 seconds. *
Likewise, its standard AMG Performance 4Matic all-wheel drive (with 33/67% front/rear torque split) promises optimum traction in any driving situation.
Making use of AMG's Lightweight Performance strategy, the new car is up to 58 kg lighter than its predecessor, its greater output and more extensive standard equipment notwithstanding.
This weight savings was achieved largely through the use of a lightweight lithium-ion battery, optional AMG forged light-alloy wheels, a weight-optimized AMG high-performance composite braking system and an aluminum outer skin and front clip.
It's still a big car, however, with a mass of more than 2100 kg, which makes its performance all the more remarkable.
Other features include an AMG sport exhaust system with automatic exhaust flaps that provide a customizable choice of bespoke sounds, AirMatic air suspension with adaptive damping and suspension kinematics developed exclusively for the S63 AMG 4Matic Coupe.
Inside, newly developed AMG sport seats with power adjustment, memory function and seat heating/ventilation are said to offer the driver and front passenger optimum lateral support.
Nappa leather with piping together with AMG badges on all four seat backrests and an embossed AMG emblem on the armrest of the front center console create an exclusive atmosphere.
There's also new three-spoke AMG sport steering and a high-resolution TFT colour AMG instrument cluster. Safety and assistance systems are the same as those for the S550 4MATIC Coupe.
For even more exclusivity, there a special S63 AMG Coupe "Edition 1."
It features grey matte finish paint and Swarovski crystals in the LED high- performance headlamps. Inside, the AMG sport seats are upholstered in designo Exclusive Nappa Leather in bengal red/black with contrasting topstitching and piping. The Edition 1 features a high level of equipment including the AMG Carbon Ceramic Braking System.
Pricing for the S63 AMG Coupe has not yet been released. But if you have to ask...