First Drive: 2014 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG

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For Chief Execs In One Hell Of A Hurry

2014 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG

We’ve finally calmed down from thrashing the all-new, front-wheel-drive-biased, 4Matic A45 and CLA45 from Mercedes-Benz’s AMG performance division. Our driving experiences were good and, above all, more responsive than any mainline AMG model in memory – both cars took a little getting used to dynamically, but getting comfortable didn’t take long.

Now we’ve thrust ourselves into the driver’s seat of AMG’s offering at the other end of the spectrum – the new S63 AMG with its decidedly rear-biased 4Matic all-wheel drive and extended wheelbase. You can’t fit two A45 AMGs bumper-to-bumper within the footprint of this 17.4-foot long, 5.1-inch-stretched S-Class, but it sure seems possible when you stare at it for the first time. This marks the first time the long-legged power player has been equipped with 4Matic. It’s also the only S63 that will make it to the US in this generation – rear-wheel-drive iterations of this extended wheelbase trim are destined only for Right-Hand-Drive markets. If you can justify that logic, give us a call – Mercedes has stated for years that it has been frequently unable to package 4Matic after things have been reoriented for RHD motoring. That this still remains a challenge for the company’s engineers seems weird, no?

If you’re thinking that we could just say that this thing is a monster and then lights out, end of story, you wouldn’t be quite right. The S-Class is, after all, among the most successful model families from any car company on Earth, creating huge profits for Mercedes per unit sold. It is the standard to which all others aspire in the segment, at the very least when it comes to business cases. Speaking of the S63 in particular, it therefore still needs to be able to embrace its passengers in masses of comfort even while strapping on even more power.

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