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2014-06-20 08:29

PERFORMANCE COUPE STUNNER: The Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG Coupe will arrive locally in 2014 Image: Mercedes-Benz SA

Mercedes'  awesome S 63 AMG Coupe - a car that can lean like a motorcycle - is expected in South Africa in November this year (2104), followed early in 2015 by the S500 Coupe.

Prices will be released closer to the launch date.

GALLERY: 2014 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG

The coupe is powered by an AMG 5.5-litre V8 biturbo engine that's capable of 430kW / 900Nm - that's 30kW / 100Nm more than the previous CL 63 AMG.


The engine will drive through AMG Speedshift seven-speed sports transmission with three modes - C (controlled efficiency), S (sport) and M (manual). A stop/start function will be standard and fuel consumption is listed as 10.1 litres/100km, down by 0.4 litres. How fast? 0-100 in 4.3sec and 250km/h (electronically limited).

The Coupe's exhaust note depends on the selected drive mode; AMG sports exhaust adjusts flaps in each rear silence. In C mode, for instance, the flaps remain closed ifor a more sedate sound. They open earlier in sport or manual moide.


The coupe will have the automaker’s 'magic body control' active suspension which scans the road ahead and adapts accordingly but for this car a tilt function for going through curves has been added - a first for series-production cars. It enables the S 63 AMG Coupe to lean through bends - just like a motorcycle.

Merc explained: "The lateral acceleration acting on occupants is reduced in a way akin to when driving on a banked curve. The passengers sit more firmly. The object is not to reach higher cornering speeds but to produce an even more pleasant motoring experience."

The curve-tilt function can be selected as one of three drive modes and activates from 30-180km/h.

The S 63 AMG Coupé can be fitted with multi-spoke forged grey alloy rims (8.5x19 front and 9.5x19 rear) with 255/45 and 285/40tyres respectively, 10-spoked forged alloy rims (8.5x20 front and 9.5x20 rear) with 255/40 and 285/35 tyres or five-spoked matte black alloys.


...which has powered and heatable leather sports seats with AMG badging, a new three-spoked AMG sports steering-wheel, aluminium shift paddles, a new touchpad ascreen and a high-resolution display with two animated dials. Safety and assistance systems are carried over from the standard S Class.

As an optional extra, buyers can add 47 Swarovski crystals for each headlight.

S63 AMG Coupe Edition 1

Buyers wanting even more exclusivity can opt for the S63 AMG Coupe Edition 1 which adds the crystals to the LED's, grey/black or red/black leather AMG sports seats and contrasting stitching for the facia, armrests and door linings.

"Edition 1" mats with leather edges, sill panels with illuminated AMG badging and gloss-black wood trim are also part of the deal. The AMG sports steering-wheel has "Edition 1" lettering. An infra-red "night view" projection on to the windscreen is also standard.

The S 63 AMG Coupe will be delivered with six-year or 100 000km Premium Drive maintenance plan.

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