2013 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG Automatic V8 Sedan RWD 

  • $140k
  • 5.5L V8
  • 15 city 23 hwy
6.5 Out of 10
The firm is first and foremost a powerhouse: It transforms Mercedes vehicles into stealth sleds bristling with improper levels of horsepower.
by Car and Driver (Jan, 2013)
To the two steering and suspension settings available in lesser GLs—comfort and sport—the AMG adds a third: sport plus.
by Car and Driver (Jan, 2013)

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Model S Base
750Li xDrive

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13 MPG
750Li xDrive
17 MPG

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750Li xDrive

Reviews Word on the street for the Mercedes-Benz S-Class

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The AMG gets larger front brakes tucked inside its 21-inch wheels as well as a couple of cosmetic flourishes such as new front and rear fascias and fender flares.
by Car and Driver (Jan, 2013)
The introduction of the 550-hp GL63 AMG last summer sparked a debate in our business about whether this vehicle is proof that AMG has lost its mind.
by Car and Driver (Jan, 2013)
In any mode, body control is quite good, and with its active anti-roll bars—optional on non-AMG GLs, standard here—the 63 corners laughably flatly for something so massive, up to a respectable limit of 0.84 g. And the larger brakes stop the nearly three-ton truck from 70 mph in just 162 feet, which would have tied for first in our most recent sports-sedan roundup.
by Car and Driver (Jan, 2013)

Body style

The SUV is the luxury sedan of the modern day.
by Car and Driver (Jan, 2013)
As for the second question, it has nothing to do with whether AMG should be hot-rodding SUVs.
by Car and Driver (Jan, 2013)


We spent most of our time in sport plus, as it de-spooks the steering by turning up the resistance.
by Car and Driver (Jan, 2013)

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Brand Mercedes-Benz
Body style Sedan
Model year 2013
City range 357 miles
Highway range 547 miles
MSRP $140k
Annual cost $31,061

Manufacturing Emissions

Water per car made 7.37 m³
CO2 per car made 1.06 metric ton
Energy per car made 4,858 kWh/vehicle
Waste per car made 32.84 kg

engine & drivetrain

Engine size 5.5L
Air compressor None
Fuel Gas
Cylinders V8
Paddle shifters Standard
Gearing type Traditional
Transmission 7-speed Automatic 2WD

stereo & entertainment

Brand Harman Kardon
Speakers 15 speakers
Wattage 600 watts
Has a speed sensitive volume Yes
Has a subwoofer Yes
Auxiliary input Yes
AM/FM radio Standard
CD player Standard
CD changer Standard
Satellite radio Standard
Entertainment system Optional, $2,450, 8 in


Cruise control Standard
Front A/C Standard
Front passenger A/C Standard
Keyless entry Standard
Keyless ignition N/A
Sun roof Optional, $1,090
Navigation system N/A
Roof rails Optional
Power locks Standard
Power mirrors Standard
Power outlets Standard
Power steering Standard
Power windows Standard


EPA smog score 6
EPA GHG score 4
Carbon monoxide/mile 0.5 g
Combined CO2/mile 500 g
NMOG/mile 0.03 g
Nitrogen oxide/mile 0.04 g
Vapor canisters 1
Vapor canister capacity 170 g
Bleed canisters 0
Catalytic converters 1
Stops the engine instead of idling Yes
Disables engine cylinders under low loads No
Recirculates exhaust gas Yes
Lifetime CO2 emissions 76 tons

power & handling

Max torque 590 ft-lb @ 2,000 RPM
Max HP 536 HP @ 5,500 RPM
Power-to-weight ratio 8.85 lb/hp
Curb-to-curb turning radius 40 feet

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front suspension Multi link
Rear suspension Multi link
Front brakes 15.39 in Ventilated Disc
Rear brakes 14.41 in Ventilated Disc
Front wheel width 255 mm
Front wheel diameter 20 inch
Front wheel aspect ratio 35

safety features

Active head restraints No
  1. Head curtain
  2. Knee
  3. Rear side
  4. Driver
  5. Passenger
  6. Side
  7. Rear side w/head
Antilock brakes Standard
Child door locks Standard
Electronic stability control Standard
Traction control Standard
Rear camera Standard
Rear sensor Standard
Park assist system N/A
Communication system mbrace

physical dimensions

Width 73.7 in
Front track width 62.9 in
Height 58 in
Ground clearance 5.5 in
Length 206.5 in
Wheelbase 124.6 in
Curb weight 4,741 lb
GVWR 5,941 pounds
Has a rear spoiler No
Seats 5 seats
Front seat room 53 ft³
Rear seat room 54 ft³
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