Meet Lola, the flagship vehicle of my collection. With a big twin turbo V8, Lola has insane amounts of muscle car power, style, sophistication and Shiatsu Massagers in the front seats. Seriously, I wouldn't joke about a thing like that.
The magnificent S63 brings 563 hp and a whopping 664 lb-ft of torque to the table courtesy of AMG’s 5.5-liter twin-turbo V-8 workhorse. How fitting is the S63’s thrust? Try 4.3 seconds to hit 60 mph and a quarter-mile pass of 12.6 seconds at 116.4 mph. For reference, the Corvette Grand Sport needs 4.1 seconds to hit 60 and 12.5 seconds for the quarter-mile sprint. Impressive given the car in question: a 17.2-foot-long sedan with more legroom in the back than the front and more trunk space than some small SUVs. The S63 posted 0.89 g on the skidpad and finished our figure eight in 26 second flat at 0.73 g average. And it needed just 116 feet to stop from 60 mph. Though it’s equipped with Mercedes‘ entire arsenal of active safety technologies (including the brilliant Distronic Plus adaptive cruise control) the best part about the S63’s cabin are the seats. The AMG-special front buckets are umpteen-ways adjustable and necessitate a trip into the standard COMAND system to dial in the lumbar support, seatback, and cushion bolsters, and to select one of four — FOUR! — available massage settings. I haven’t even mentioned the best part: Those seatback bolsters are active, a feature available on multiple Benzes. When they feel you start sliding to the left or to the right, the appropriate side will tighten up to keep you where you’re supposed to be. I’m surprised Benz didn’t call it Active Lat Control. Both front seats are equipped with cooling fans and heating elements. This car is also equipped with the rear seat package, which adds four-zone climate control and adjustable rear seats that cool and heat as well, of course.
Driving the S63 is a surreal experience. In fact, it’s almost an exercise in contradiction. The cabin’s library-like quiet is rudely invaded by the deep throaty aggressive V-8 growl accented by the sort of loud whooshing that could only be emitted by a spooling twin turbos. The car pushes you back in the seats hard as it smoothly reaches your desired velocity (up to a whopping 186 mph) a few seconds later. Getting to 100 mph, takes just 9.5 seconds. The laws of physics may be unbreakable, but they do bend a bit when there’s enough force involved. Be sure to switch the seven-speed multi-clutch transmission into sport mode before trying to dust Corvettes. In the default comfort mode, shifts aren’t as quick.
The S63 is a brilliant automobile. Not only do you get all the high-tech S-class goodies, but you also get the stupidly intoxicating feeling of going sports car-fast in a luxury sedan. The S63 is a car without compromise. It is a “Super Sedan”.
2012 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG
BASE PRICE $163,465
VEHICLE LAYOUT Front engine, RWD
ENGINE 5.5L twin-turbo DOHC 32-valve V-8
HORSEPOWER 563-hp/590-lb-ft torque
FUEL CAPACITY 23.8 Gallons
TRANSMISSION 7-speed automatic
CURB WEIGHT (F/R DIST) 4910 lb (52/48%)
WHEELBASE 124.6 in
LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT 206.7 x 73.7 x 58.0 in
0-60 MPH 4.3 sec
QUARTER MILE 12.6 sec @ 116.4 mph
BRAKING, 60-0 MPH 116 ft
LATERAL ACCELERATION 0.89 g (avg)
Youtube Review & Test Drive: https://youtu.be/xP52n1yeOd0