Mercedes-Benz working hard on the 2013 S63 AMG powered by the 5.5 twin-turbo V8

Article by Christian Andrei, on June 15, 2011

A heavily disguised version of the upcoming Mercedes Benz S63 AMG based on the new W222 platform was spotted recently while testing. The carmaker has been keeping itself busy with preparing a new S-Klasse for the global market. What the carmaker will display at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show is highly anticipated. Fans expect the AMG to offer the latest in technology as well as a high dose of power and speed.

The spy photos fail to show even an inch of the body of the AMG; however, it’s likely that the German engineers were just testing if the chassis will be able to meet the demands of performance driving. This test mule is expected to have parts that won’t be used in the production car.

When it comes to exhausts, it’s likely that it hasn’t yet finalized work on the entire powertrain. Obvious from these shots are the bigger break discs and more open front air intakes.

There’s a heated discussion on what will power it. The new 5.5-liter V8 with twin-turbos are used on the current car. It’s probable that the drive programs will be tweaked and equipment levels are likely to change as well. It will also have a more spacious legroom than ever before.

The new Mercedes-Benz SLS S63 AMG is nothing if not prestigious. Blinding us again with its visual flair, powerful engine and hallmark performance, this is a saloon well and above anything else on the market.

A sleek, sensual silhouette underlies trademark AMG design features and a three-dimensional radiator grille which tends to excite any S-Class enthusiast. A high-gloss black display adorns the front apron and grilles with the stylised “A” taking centre place. The high-gloss black continues on the side air intakes which optimise the flow of air to and from the cooling modules while the lift is reduced by a three-dimensional front splitter.

The SLS S63 AMG appears to be lower to the ground due to the side sill panels which come with three-dimensional insets in a delightful silver chrome. When viewed from the side, you will notice the large wheels, which are light-alloy and give a glimpse of the high-performance braking system. Again, this is a classic AMF feature.

New contemporary typography has been introduced to highlight the vehicle’s powerful eight-cylinder engine. Depending on the model it can be either found on the front wings or the boot lid.

The design concludes with elements of chrome from the twin tailpipes with their sports exhaust system and flaps and a black diffuser insert with silver chrome trim.

The Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG interior complements the exterior’s excellent design quality, and superior workmanship.

Precision, expertise, these are some of the spell-binding qualities you come to expect from a Mercedes-Benz which you will find in the interior of the S63. It comes with improved space, the ergonomic changes are intuitive and all a part of the appeal and aesthetics. The new AMG sports seats can be adjusted electronically, and it allows for heated seats which can offer both the driver and passenger more back support.

The finest nappa leather covers the front seats which are adorned with the AMG V8 design and badges.

Some of its most enticing individual touches include the embossed emblem on the armrest, a three-dimensional analogue clock on the centre console and the AMG sports steering wheel. All are of exquisite quality. The steering wheel for example has a contoured rim, leather hand grips and shift paddles in place for ease of control. The S63 comes with a high-resolution TFT colour display, the instrument panel comes with animated round dials, and needles available in red or silver. The AMG logo is featured all throughout with the design appearing on the speedometer, the instrument panel and the rev counter along with the “V8 BITURBO.”

The TFT display's main menu contains a digital speedometer and a display on the current gear setting in the uppermost portion.

When the gear is in “M” mode, the system prompts the driver to upshift before the rev limit is met, by highlighting the “Warm Up” mode on the main menu where the engine oil and the oil temperature are displayed. Further controls are available in the main menu such as personal preference for the transmission and suspension details as well as the ever impressive ESP mode. Finally the driver is afforded information via an animated S63 AMG on the display. This animation provides details on the speedometer and the rev counter.

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