1st drive Mercedes S 63 AMG

Discussion in 'European Cars' started by ajzahn, Oct 14, 2006.

  1. #1 ajzahn, Oct 14, 2006
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    Mercedes-Benz S-Class Saloon S63 AMG 4dr
    Test Date 03/10/2006 17:54:00
    Price when new TBA

    S63 packed with almost as many toys as it has horses


    What is it?
    It’s an S-class that has been breathed on by Mercedes-Benz’s performance subsidiary, AMG.
    Once upon a time, AMG was an independent company and breathed only on those Mercedes it saw fit. But now it’s wholly owned subsidiary of DaimlerChrysler, so it tweaks what it’s told: such as hot versions of the ML and R-Class, and also this: the S-class luxury saloon.
    Actually, that’s no bad thing. The S-class is an impressive car in the first place and, despite its all-round two-tonneness, responds well to its AMG enhancements.


    What’s it like?
    Fairly simple, this bit: it’s like a chuffing great big luxury car with a 518bhp, 6.2-litre V8 under the bonnet.
    The S-class’s regular air suspension is only mildly tweaked, so this isn’t a raucous and raw fast car and it still fulfils its original luxury brief pretty well. It’s still immaculately sound insulated (albeit with a noisier engine than usual). Cabin materials, design and fit-and-finish are still all impeccable. It’s still got a big boot, loads of equipment and plenty of space front and rear.
    And therein lies part of the problem. It’s perhaps just too much like a regular Mercedes S-class, albeit an apocalyptically fast (0-62mph in 4.6sec) and ludicrously expensive one (around £105,000). Its handling is superior to the regular car's, but it’s not at all agile; it still feels very much like an S-class. So although this is a very special car. It just doesn’t feel quite special enough.
    To be fair, AMG knows it might have become a tad over-prevalent (it sold 20,000 cars last year) recently and has put steps in place – special Black Editions, fewer tweaked models – to redress the balance.


    Should I buy one?
    At the top end of ranges like this, there are buyers who’ll buy the most expensive and fastest models simply because they’re the most expensive and fastest. And although the S63 is somewhat short of good value, it is very quick and very lovely. So who are we to say no?


    >>> http://www.autocar.co.uk/FirstDrive_Data.asp?RT=222748
     
  2. #2 ajzahn, Oct 16, 2006
    Last edited by a moderator: Apr 25, 2016
    2007 Mercedes-Benz CL63 AMG
    A modern version of a throwback

    By ROGER HART
    AutoWeek | Published 10/09/06, 10:58 am et

    AT A GLANCE:
    2007 MERCEDES-BENZ CL63 AMG
    ON SALE:June 2007
    BASE PRICE:$125,000 (est.)
    POWERTRAIN:6.2-liter, 518-hp, 465-lb-ft V8; rwd, seven-speed manual
    CURB WEIGHT:4587 lbs
    0 TO 60 MPH:4.6 seconds (mfr.)
    FUEL MILEAGE:n/a

    A drive in a CL63 AMG through the Austrian Alps started us thinking about the few things in the world we can really count on: The unquestioning love of a daughter, the sun rising in the east, the Detroit Lions lingering near the bottom of the NFL standings and Mercedes-Benz’s in-house tuner building some of the finest hot rods on the planet.

    This latest AMG creation, which made its debut at the Paris motor show the day before our drive, is the seventh car (ML, CLK, E, CLS, R and S) — to use the 6.2-liter (6208-cc) V8 that is the standard form of AMG motivation these days. In the CL’s case, the all-aluminum creation cranks out 518 hp at 6800 rpm and 465 lb-ft of torque at 5200 revs. The engine is strong, with a 0-to-62-mph run taking just 4.6 seconds, pulling like a freight train up to 100 mph. While this is no surprise, what is impressive in this naturally aspirated beast is its ability to continue to pull up to the car’s electronically limited 155 mph. If you want to go faster, you can order the optional performance package that raises the limit to 186 mph.

    The driver can choose from three modes of the AMG Speedshift 7G-Tronic automatic via a console-mounted switch: Sport, Comfort and Manual. Each has different shift characteristics with Sport mode shifting 30 percent quicker than in Comfort, while Manual, via aluminum steering-wheel-mounted paddles, is 50 percent quicker still. Volker Mornhin-weg, president and CEO of AMG, said he is pleased with the automatic’s performance but hinted that a dual-clutch gearbox might be in the future for AMG models.

    The two chrome twin exhaust pipes emit a musclecar rumble throughout the throttle range, and when you lift off, there’s a nice back-pressure burble that will have you on and off the throttle until your passenger complains.
    Torque and horsepower in the CL63 are impressive, but so too are the steering and handling. In comparing the handling of the CL63 to the two base models of the car—the CL550 and CL600 (“Two Doors, Too Fun,” Oct. 2)— there is more weight on-center, which gives a better feel of stability in a straight line. Push it into the corners and the weighting doesn’t change from light to heavy as the suspension loads up. With 2.8 turns lock-to-lock, the steering has the same feel throughout the corner, continuing that feeling of confident predictability.

    Contributing to that feel are some rather big Yokohama tires, 255/35ZR 20s in the front, 275/35ZR 20s in the rear, mounted on alloy wheels. According to Mornhinweg, this is the first time AMG has used Yokohama tires as original equipment.
    Fitted with the second generation of Mercedes’ Active Body Control, the car takes high-speed corners with little body roll, and there is hardly any dive under harsh braking. No small feat, considering the car’s 4587 pounds, and the brakes are some of the best we have ever used. Using composite brake discs—10-inch rotors in the front, 9.2 inches in the rear—the Adaptive Brake system clamps down hard. The Pre-Safe Brake system and Distronic Plus intelligent cruise control are available as options.

    The sport seats in the CL63 are more supportive with better side bolstering than the seats in the base model cars. For the most part, save for some AMG trim pieces, the interior is right out of the standard S-Class with the latest generation

    COMAND center flat screen mounted in the dash, just right of the speedometer. The navigation system was easy to use and routed us safely through the Alps to our destination.While the CL body shape remains one of the most alluring designs in the M-B lineup, the AMG version is a bit more muscular, fitted with a unique grille, titanium-painted lenses for the bi-xenon headlamps, AMG side skirts and a distinct rear fascia.

    For all the electronic wizardry—this car is as high-tech as it gets in today’s luxury car world—AMG engineers have managed not to meddle too much with the muscle-car beast that lives within the CL63.

    Production begins in April with the first cars on sale in the U.S. in June. Only a few hundred will make their way to the States each year.

    “AMG vehicles are all about engine, transmission, brakes, and for sure about the sound,” Mornhinweg said. “Oh yes, and we stand for torque.”

    Another thing we can count on.

    >>> www.autoweek.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20061016/FREE/61006010/1009
     
  3. I'd rather an S600. If I buy a big sedan, I want to be as comfortable as possible. And the 600 isn't exactly slow.
     
  4. whats the point of having an S63 and S65 amg? they should just make one of the amgs the top of the line model above the 600 and 550.
     
  5. i was wondering about this too.

    why an s63 and an s65?
     
  6. 0-62 in 4.6 seconds.


    I don't need to hear more.
     
  7. S65 IS the top model. More power, V12, hefty price.
     
  8. If you want more than a S600 and you don`t have enough money for a S65, don`t buy the 760 Alpina, buy the S63.


    The point is selling more cars !!!!
     

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