Top Ten Luxury Cars

Top 10 luxury cars currently on sale

If you were to make a list of the top ten luxury cars, which cars would be on it and what would be your criteria? Expensive? Luxurious interior? Brand?  Auto Express published their list of the top 10 luxury cars currently on sale and extended the field beyond the usual opulent, blue-blooded saloon cars to include some alternative pretenders to the luxury car crown from the world of SUVs and performance cars.

Check them out and compare for yourself in the gallery below.

Top 10 best luxury cars 2014

  • Mercedes S-Class
  • Range Rover
  • Jaguar XJ
  • Bentley Flying Spur
  • Rolls Royce Ghost
  • Audi A8
  • BMW 7 Series
  • Porsche Panamera
  • Lexus LS600h
  • Volkswagen Phaeton

Mercedes-Benz S300 BlueTEC Hybrid Review

The new Mercedes S-Class is already a byword for luxury and comfort, and now the S300 BlueTEC Hybrid can add class-leading efficiency to that list

The new Mercedes S-Class is already a byword for luxury and comfort, and now the S300 BlueTEC Hybrid can add class-leading efficiency to that list.

It’s the second hybrid in the S-Class range, alongside the S400 Hybrid L, and it’s powered by a 201bhp 2.1-litre four-cylinder diesel and a 27bhp electric motor – essentially the same set-up as in the E300 BlueTEC Hybrid. For a car crammed with this much tech and weighing over two tonnes, Mercedes’ claim of 61.4mpg and CO2 emissions of 120g/km is seriously impressive.

The hybrid squeezes out an extra 10mpg over the 3.0-litre V6 diesel S350, but does add eight-tenths to the 0-62mph time, at 7.6 seconds. Yet the car will still whisper up to the same 155mph. In the S300 the normally gruff four-cylinder diesel is more muted, with virtually no intrusion into the cabin. In fact, if you’re gentle with your right foot you can pull away silently on electric power alone.

Considering the size of the S-Class it handles remarkably well, with light but direct steering and the rear-drive set-up giving the agility of a much smaller car.

As a four-cylinder diesel the S300 Hybrid was never going to be as silky smooth as the S350 V6, but it’s still effortless in its delivery. However, with this powertrain the S-Class loses none of its refinement or road manners, and standard air-suspension makes the ride delightfully supple.

Mercedes has cut no corners when designing the cabin, as is demonstrated by the copious use of leather, wood and aluminium – although our car’s £31,000-worth of options do help. The executive rear seat and comfort packs allow passengers to recline up to 37 degrees while enjoying a soothing massage.

The S300 Hybrid commands around a £2,000 premium over the S350, and you’ll sacrifice a little performance. However, the striking improvement in efficiency should still appeal to even the most well heeled buyer.

Key specs

  • Price: £72,260
  • Engine: 2.1-litre 4cyl and electric motor
  • Power: 228bhp
  • Transmission: Seven-speed auto, rear-wheel drive

Via: AutoExpress

Gilded Mercedes-Benz S-Class Fit for a King

Built for China's ultra wealthy, the Carlsson CS50 Versailles is an over the top golden carraige

Can you ever have to much gold?  A question I’m asking myself as I go through the photo gallery of the newly revealed Carlsson CS50 Versailles.  Based on the 2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class, Carlsson covered the car in more than 1,000 sheets of gold leaf – a process that took over 200 man-hours to complete.  The gold and refinements did not stop there however, Carlsson also covered 278 interior components with gold leaf as well, perfectly complimenting the champagne and dark brown Nappa Leather.

In total, there is around 12,000 Euros worth of gold leaf on the interior and exterior of the S-Class.  Is it to much, did Carlsson take the S-Class meant to invoke the beauty of King Louis XIV’s palace at Versailles too far.  Considering that 10 of the 25 limited edition CS50 Versailles editions have already been spoken for, the answer must be no – it’s the perfect amount of gold.

Check out the photo gallery below and see the gilded ride for yourself, or learn more about the Carlsson CS50 Versailles by expanding the press release below.


Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe – Photo Gallery

Over 60 photos of the all-new Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe

Say goodbye to the Mercedes CL-Class, the all-new S-Class Coupe has been unveiled.  Slated to make it’s public debut next month in Geneva, we have over 60 photos of the new coupe showing off it’s sporty and luxurious side.  Head straight to the photo gallery below for an in-depth look at the new Mercedes S-Class Coupe.

For an overview of the new S-Class Coupe, click here and for information on the exterior design, click here.

Four New S-Class Models Headed to Dealerships

New Models include the economical S300 BlueTEC HYBRID, high-traction S350 BlueTEC 4MATIC, luxurious S600 flagship model and the S65 AMG

Mercedes-Benz is extending the model range of the successfully launched S-Class with the particularly economical S 300 BlueTEC HYBRID, the high-traction S 350 BlueTEC 4MATIC, the luxurious S 600 flagship model and the S 65 AMG, which is the dynamic top performer in the segment. The new models can be ordered with immediate effect, and will be in dealer showrooms in March 2014.

Just a short time after the model changeover, the new S-Class has already taken the top sales position in its segment worldwide. Now Mercedes-Benz is extending the range with the particularly economical S 300 BlueTEC HYBRID, the luxurious S 600 flagship model and the high-performance S 65 AMG Saloon. With combinations of short and long wheelbases, rear-wheel drive and 4MATIC, the S-Class range now therefore boasts 16 versions only months after the market launch.

Mercedes-Benz S-Class Interior

Mercedes-Benz S-Class Interior

New optional extras are also available in the form of the head-up display (from €1201.90), heated windscreen (from €499.80) and touchpad (€178.50). Two new designo interiors in satin beige/titanium grey pearl or satin beige/satin red pearl are optionally available to bring colour into the interior (each costing €3629.50 or €892.50 for AMG models). COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST now provides protection against typical rear-end collisions in dangerous traffic situations from 7 km/h (previously: above 30 km/h).

Following the successful launch of the S 400 HYBRID, the second hybrid model in the Mercedes-Benz S-Class is now entering the market: The S 300 BlueTEC HYBRID makes do with 4.4 litres of diesel per 100 km in the combined cycle (CO2: 115 g/km), and complies with the criteria for energy efficiency class A+. This means that over the course of ten years, Mercedes-Benz has cut fuel consumption in the 150 kW performance class by almost half.

In the S 300 BlueTEC HYBRID, Mercedes-Benz has combined the 2.2-litre four-cylinder diesel engine developing 150 kW (204 hp) with a powerful hybrid module. Its 20 kW electric motor is positioned between the internal combustion engine and the automatic transmission. It assists the diesel engine when the car is accelerating (boost effect) and, in alternator mode, is used for the recuperation of braking energy, although driving under electric power alone is also possible. The S 300 BlueTEC HYBRID is available with either a short or long wheelbase. Prices: €80,920 and €86,453.50 (recommended retail price including 19% VAT for Germany).

Mercedes-Benz S-Class Exterior bumper

Mercedes-Benz S-Class

One of the world’s most economical V6 diesels is now also available with all-wheel drive: the S 350 BlueTEC 4MATIC develops an output of 190 kW (258 hp) and 620 Nm of torque from a displacement of 2987 cc. With a combined fuel consumption of 5.9 litres of diesel per 100 kilometres (both with short and long wheelbase), it achieves the same level as the preceding four-cylinder model S 250 CDI. The S 350 BlueTEC 4MATIC with the second-generation AdBlue® emission control system costs €84,728 and €90,261.50 respectively.

The S 600 is the new flagship model in the S-Class, available only with a long wheelbase and luxurious appointments. With an output of 390 kW (530 hp), its V12 biturbo engine develops even more output than its predecessor rated at 380 kW (517 hp). The displacement of the engine has increased from 5513 to 5980 cc. Maximum torque is 830 Nm from 1900 rpm. The extensive standard appointments of the S 600 (available from €164,279.50) underline its flagship status. The LED Intelligent Light System, the MAGIC BODY CONTROL suspension with ROAD SURFACE SCAN and the Driving Assistance package Plus all come as standard, for example.

The Mercedes-Benz S 65 AMG is the only high-performance 12-cylinder automobile from a German premium manufacturer – and is a car with a pedigree: the first generation of the S 65 AMG was launched in 2003, while the second generation was produced from 2006 until 2013. The new Mercedes-Benz S 65 AMG once again sets new standards as the most powerful car in this competitive segment. Twelve cylinders, biturbocharging, an output of 463 kW (630 hp) and torque of 1000 Nm ensure outstanding performance and effortless dynamism. Compared with the previous model, fuel consumption has been reduced by 2.4 litres per 100 kilometres (NEDC combined). The AMG sports suspension based on MAGIC BODY CONTROL features ROAD SURFACE SCAN as standard. Like the preceding model, the new S 65 AMG is available only with a long wheelbase; the price for Germany (incl. 19% VAT) is €234,906.

Mercedes-Benz S-Class Exterior Front Grille

Mercedes-Benz S-Class

An overview of the new models and prices:

Model S 300 BlueTEC HYBRID1 S 350 BlueTEC 4MATIC1 S 600 S 65 AMG
Number of cylinders/arrangement 4 in-line 6/V 12/V 12/V
Displacement (cc) 2143 2987 5980 5980
Rated power
(kW/hp at rpm)
150/204 at
190/258 at
390/530 at 4900-5300 463/630 at 4800-5400
Rated output of
electric motor (kW/hp)
Rated torque
(Nm at rpm)
500 at
620 at
830 at
1000 at
Rated torque of
electric motor (Nm)
Combined fuel consumption from
(l/100 km)
4.4 D 5.9 D 11.1 SP 11.9 SP
Combined CO2
emissions from (g/km)
115 156 259 279
Efficiency class A+ A F F
0-100 km/h (s)
7.6 6.8 4.6 4.3
Top  speed (km/h) 240 250 250 250
Price (euros)2 80,920/
164,279.50 234,906.00

Mercedes S63 AMG Video Walk Around

In-depth look at the Mercedes S63 AMG including a full photo gallery and video

AMG Assistant Product Manager Will Vetter takes you on a walk around of the all-new Mercedes S63 AMG. He gives insight on how AMG cut weight and increased performance by utilizing new materials and technology like the carbon fiber housing for the spare tire, the two piece brakes as well as a host of additoinal changes.  The video also gives an insight into the engine production.  Check out the video and photo gallery below for a look at one of the best cars in the world.

2014 Mercedes S65 AMG Officially Revealed

Photos and details of the Mercedes S65 AMG have been revealed including an all-new video

The S 65 AMG is the only high-performance 12-cylinder automobile from a German premium manufacturer – and it is a car with a pedigree: the first generation of the S 65 AMG was launched in 2003, with the second generation being produced from 2006 until 2013.

2014 Mercedes S65 AMG

2014 Mercedes S65 AMG

Tobias Moers, Chairman of the Board of Management of Mercedes-AMG GmbH: “Soon after the successful launch of the S 63 AMG, we are unveiling the new S 65 AMG. Supreme exclusivity and incomparable dynamism provide the guarantee of a high fascination potential. With the third generation of the S 65 AMG, we offer our loyal and discerning V12 customers a unique high-performance automobile.”

Key data at a glance:

S 65 AMG
Displacement 5980 cc
Output 463 kW (630 hp)
at 4800-5400 rpm
Max. torque 1000 Nm
at 2300-4300 rpm
Fuel consumption, NEDC combined 11.9 l/100 km
CO2 emissions 279 g/km
Acceleration 0-100 km/h 4.3 s
Top speed 250 km/h*
2014 Mercedes S65 AMG

2014 Mercedes S65 AMG Engine

The AMG 6.0-litre V12 biturbo engine delivers 463 kW (630 hp) with a maximum torque of 1000 newton metres – figures that enable the S 65 AMG to outperform all other vehicles in its segment. This superiority is highlighted by the car’s performance: the S 65 AMG accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.3 seconds, with a top speed of 250 km/h (electronically limited). The strengths of the 12-cylinder biturbo engine from Mercedes-AMG include its effortless acceleration in all speed ranges as well as its refined operation with the distinctive V12 sound typical of AMG. In short: the S 65 AMG impresses with its superior and stylish performance.

Compared with the previous model, fuel consumption has been reduced by 2.4 litres per 100 kilometres (NEDC, combined). With a fuel consumption of 11.9 litres per 100 kilometres (NEDC, combined), the new S 65 AMG is the world’s most fuel-efficient V12 high-performance saloon in terms of power and torque. The range-topping 12-cylinder model already meets the requirements of the EU6 emissions standard, which is not due to come into force until 2015.

2014 Mercedes S65 AMG

2014 Mercedes S65 AMG

Technical highlights of the AMG 6.0-litre V12 biturbo engine:

  • Biturbocharging
  • Aluminium crankcase
  • Forged crankshaft of high-grade alloy steel
  • Multi-spark ignition with 12 twin-spark ignition units
  • Air-to-water intercooler with low-temperature circuit
  • Alternator management
  • ECO start/stop function

Exclusive carbon-fibre engine cover with AMG engine badge

Opening the bonnet reveals the exclusive carbon-fibre/aluminium engine cover, which is a further sign of the exceptional status of the AMG 6.0-litre V12 biturbo engine. Two AMG logos on left and right together with a centrally positioned Mercedes star create a lasting impression. The 12-cylinder engine is assembled by hand at AMG’s engine production facility in compliance with the most rigorous quality standards according to the philosophy “one man, one engine”. Apart from serving as an AMG hallmark confirming superlative precision and production quality, the AMG engine badge bearing the engine technician’s signature underneath the Mercedes star offers unmistakable proof of the peerless DNA of Mercedes-Benz’s high-performance brand.

2014 Mercedes S65 AMG

2014 Mercedes S65 AMG


As before in the SL 65 AMG high-performance roadster, AMG combines the 6.0-litre V12 biturbo engine with the AMG SPEEDSHIFT PLUS 7G-TRONIC. Unlike in the direct predecessor of the S 65 AMG, which featured an AMG SPEEDSHIFT five-speed automatic transmission, the seven-speed automatic transmission with its wide ratio spread guarantees a noticeably lower engine speed level. This makes a key contribution to reducing the vehicle’s fuel consumption. The efficiency of the power train is further significantly improved by the fuel-economy converter, reduced-friction bearings and transmission oil heat management.

The AMG SPEEDSHIFT PLUS 7G-TRONIC has three individual driving programs, which can be selected at the press of a button in the centre console: Controlled Efficiency (C), Sport (S) and Manual (M). In modes S and M the emphasis is on sportiness: maximum emotive appeal combined with truly perceivable dynamics is ensured by the brief, precisely defined cutback of ignition and injection during upshifts under full load; this shortens the shift times and lends an audibly more emotive tone to gearshifts. The ECO start/stop function is always activated in transmission mode “C”.

2014 Mercedes S65 AMG

2014 Mercedes S65 AMG

Lithium-ion battery reduces weight by over 20 kilograms

Like the S 63 AMG, the S 65 AMG features a lithium-ion battery. This innovative technology offers numerous advantages over a conventional battery concept: with a capacity of 78 Ah, the lithium-ion battery replaces both the starter battery and the backup battery – resulting in a weight saving of over 20 kilograms. The high-performance battery is relatively insensitive to cold temperatures and has compact dimensions. S 63 AMG and S 65 AMG are the world’s first volume-produced vehicles with such a battery concept.

Mercedes S63 AMG Visits the Alps

Mercedes-Benz reporter heads to the Austrian Alps to test out the all-new 2014 Mercedes S63 AMG

There’s not much about the 2014 Mercedes S63 AMG that hasn’t been said – they took what was already being called the “world’s best car” and made it better.  How?  Mercedes gave it an AMG 5.5-liter V8 biturbo engine that outputs 577 HP and 664 lb-ft of torque, changed out some of the interior and exterior features for a more sporty look, and ultimately took one of the most luxurious cars ever produced and made it feel like a 4,400 pound race car.

2014 S63 AMG

2014 Mercedes S63 AMG

For a quick catch up on what is offered on the 2014 S63 AMG, check out the latest Mercedes-Benz video below.

2014 S 63 AMG On Display in Frankfurt

The new S 63 AMG is stealing the spotlight at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show as the most powerful high-performance saloon

The new S 63 AMG is stealing the spotlight at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show as the most powerful high-performance saloon and most dynamic S-Class ever. At the heart of the new S63 AMG is the AMG 5.5-litre V8 biturbo engine with 430 kW (585 hp) and 900 Nm of torque.

And, according to Dr. Schmidt: “Concerns about the environment are not an issue at all. The 5.5-litre V8 biturbo has more power but consumes around one litre less than its predecessor.”  Through systematic lightweight design, the S 63 AMG weighs in at up to 100 kilogrammes less than its predecessor. Fuel consumption is 10.1 to 10.3 litres per 100 kilometres. The new S 63 AMG is also optionally available for the first time with the performance-oriented AMG 4-MATIC all-wheel drive.

Continue below for in-depth information on the 2014 S63 AMG or click here to skip directly to the photo gallery.

2014 Mercedes S63 AMG

2014 Mercedes S63 AMG

AMG Lightweight Performance: up to 220 pounds lighter than before

Systematic implementation of the AMG Lightweight Performance strategy reduces the weight of the S63 AMG 4MATIC by up to 220 pounds compared to the predecessor model. This weight saving was achieved largely thanks to the use of AMG forged light-alloy wheels, a lightweight lithium-ion battery and a weight-optimized AMG high-performance two-piece brake system. Furthermore, the entire outer skin of the S-Class, including the roof and the front end of the body, is made of aluminum. Installing a spare wheel recess made of carbon fiber, a material used in Formula 1, reduces the weight by a further 9 pounds. The S63 AMG 4MATIC also leads the way when it comes to power-to-weight ratio, boasting a figure of 7.9 lbs/hp, resulting in effortlessly
superior performance. Acceleration from 0 to 60 mph takes 3.9 seconds and the top speed is 186 mph (electronically limited).

In terms of maximum output and fuel consumption, the AMG 5.5-liter V8 biturbo engine remains the most efficient series-produced V8 engine of all. With an output of 577 hp and a torque of 664 lb-ft, the AMG eight-cylinder motor from the M157 engine family outperforms all comparable engines. The fuel consumption of the new S63 AMG 4MATIC is lower than its predecessor, even though the engine output has been increased by 49 hp.

Technical highlights of the AMG 5.5-liter V8 biturbo engine:

  • Direct gasoline injection with piezo injectors
  • Twin turbocharging
  • All-aluminum crankcase
  • Four valves per cylinder with camshaft adjustment
  • Air-to-water intercooler
  • Efficient cooling of engine oil, engine water and transmission oil
  • Lightweight composite oil pan
  • Alternator management
  • ECO Start/Stop function

AMG sports exhaust system with exhaust flaps

The AMG sports exhaust system in the S63 AMG 4MATIC has automatic logic controlled exhaust flaps in both rear silencers. When the transmission is in “C” (Controlled Efficiency) mode, the flaps remain closed in most situations, in which case the eight-cylinder biturbo engine’s sound is more understated – perfect for long trips and a comfortable ride in the rear. In “S” (Sport) and
“M” (Manual) modes, the exhaust flaps open earlier and quicker, especially if the driver prefers an agressive driving style. The result is an even fuller, emotional, hallmark AMG engine sound.

2014 Mercedes S63 AMG

2014 Mercedes S63 AMG

Engine production at AMG

Like all AMG engines, the eight-cylinder biturbo engine for the 2014 S63 AMG 4MATIC is assembled by hand at AMG, observing the highest levels of craftsmanship. Highly qualified engine builders assemble the M 157 in Affalterbach according to the “one man, one engine” philosophy. Apart from serving as an AMG hallmark confirming superlative precision and production quality, the AMG engine badge bearing the engine builder’s signature also attests to the peerless DNA of Mercedes-Benz’s high-performance brand.

2014 Mercedes S63 AMG engine

2014 Mercedes S63 AMG engine

Lithium-ion battery reduces weight by over 44 pounds

Following the SLS AMG Coupé Black Series, the S63 AMG 4MATIC is the second AMG high-performance model to replace the conventional starter battery with a lithium-ion battery. The new technology offers numerous advantages over a conventional battery concept: with a capacity of 78 Ah, the lithium-ion battery replaces both the starter battery and the backup battery – resulting in a weight saving of over 44 pounds. The high-performance battery is relatively resilient in cold temperatures and has compact dimensions. The S63 AMG 4MATIC is the world’s first volume-produced vehicle with this type of battery concept.

2014 Mercedes S63 AMG

2014 Mercedes S63 AMG

AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed sports transmission

Maximum individuality and custom-tailored dynamics are the strengths of the AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed sports transmission. The three transmission modes – “C” (Controlled Efficiency), “S” (Sport) and “M” (Manual) – provide each driver with a personal set-up. In comfort-oriented “C” mode the ECO Start/Stop function is active and shuts off the eight-cylinder engine when the car is at a standstill. In addition, the driver experiences smooth transmission
characteristics with comfort-oriented gearshifts. In “C” mode the car generally starts in second gear, for ensured comfort and efficiency.

In the “S” and “M” transmission modes the engine and transmission are significantly more agile and the ECO Start/Stop function is deactivated. A brief and precisely defined retardation of ignition and injection under open throttle results in even faster and acoustically more emotional gearshifts.

Performance-oriented AMG 4MATIC all-wheel drive

The standard performance-oriented AMG 4MATIC all-wheel drive distributes the engine torque so that 33 percent goes to the front axle and 67 percent is sent to the rear axle. The rear-biased power distribution provides for the signature AMG high-performance driving dynamics and enjoyment as well as boosting acceleration from a standing start. The all-wheel drive likewise enhances driving safety on wet or wintry road surfaces (winter tires are required for winter conditions). Optimum traction is provided by a multi-disc clutch with a locking effect of 37 lb-ft, which exploits the maximum friction connection potential of all four wheels.

The technical basis for the AMG 4MATIC all-wheel-drive system is provided by a transfer case for the additional power take-off to the driven front axle. This transfer case is integrated compactly into the AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed sports transmission and requires no additional installation space. The torque is transmitted from the power take-off via a propeller shaft to the front axle. Power transmission from the front axle differential to the front-left drive shaft
is effected via an intermediate shaft which passes through an encapsulated shaft duct in the engine oil pan. The compact and weight-optimized design results in a comparatively low level of additional weight for the all-wheel drive system of only 154 pounds, which also helps to reduce fuel consumption and exhaust gas emissions.

The 2014 S63 AMG 4MATIC is fitted with ESP® Curve Dynamic Assist as standard. A targeted brief brake intervention on the inside rear wheel results in defined cornering of the vehicle and ensures greater agility when taking corners at high speed. The vectoring of torque helps reduce understeer when turning into corners.

2014 Mercedes S63 AMG buttons

2014 Mercedes S63 AMG buttons

AIRMATIC Suspension

The 2014 S63 AMG 4MATIC is fitted with AMG ADAPTIVE sports suspension. The full air suspension system AIRMATIC is equipped with the Adaptive Damping System ADS PLUS. One new feature is the continuous damping adjustment, which can be controlled independently in the compression stage and rebound stage. It allows better adaptation to the driving and road-surface
conditions. “Comfort” and “Sport” suspension modes can be selected at the push of a button. Specific front axle kinematics – including higher camber, a larger anti-roll bar and a stiffer subframe carrier on the rear axle – have been developed exclusively for the S63 AMG 4MATIC. These measures optimize the vehicle’s agility when driving dynamically. With the redesigned front axle and the special all-wheel-drive set-up, the S63 AMG 4MATIC represents a new dimension in its segment when it comes to driving dynamics.

Electromechanical AMG speed-sensitive sports steering with a variable steering ratio is the perfect complement as it greatly enhances vehicle handling and agility whilst maintaining driving safety at high speeds. In “Comfort” suspension mode, the AMG speed-sensitive sports steering enhances comfort by providing more steering assistance. If the “Sport” suspension setting is selected, on the other hand, the driver feels stiff steering assistance – which tends to result in better road feel. The pre-programmed curves for power assistance enhance feedback and steering precision.

AMG light-alloy wheels based on systematic lightweight construction

The S63 AMG 4MATIC is available with AMG forged light-alloy wheels. This design reduces weight while increasing strength and lowers the unsprung masses, resulting in advantages in terms of handling and spring/damper element response. In the standard specification, the S63 AMG 4MATIC is fitted with AMG light-alloy wheels – size 8.5×19 at the front and 9.5×19 at the rear with 255/45 R 19 and 285/40 R 19 tires respectively.

Optional extras include AMG forged light-alloy wheels, with size 8.5×20 at the front and 9.5×20 at the rear paired with 255/40 R 20 and 285/35 R 20 tires respectively. The AMG light-alloy wheels feature a high-quality, removeable and fully integrated wheel bolt cover made of forged metal. Its shape is reminiscent of a center lock as seen in motorsport.

2014 Mercedes S63 AMG

2014 Mercedes S63 AMG

AMG ceramic high-performance two-piece brake system as an option for the first time

Extremely short stopping distances and immediate deceleration are a given for any AMG high-performance car. And the new S63 AMG 4MATIC is no exception as it is equipped with a weight-optimized, fade-resistant AMG highperformance two-piece brake system. An AMG ceramic high-performance twopiece brake system is available as an option for the first time. The more than 20
percent lighter design ensures lower unsprung masses as well as enhanced driving dynamics, agility and ride comfort. In addition to this, the system has a longer service life, is more resistant to corrosion and displays higher thermal stability. The AMG ceramic high-performance composite brake system has front brake discs with a diameter of 16.5 inches and is recognizable by the “AMG
Carbon Ceramic” logo on the bronze painted brake calipers.

Design: Confidence and exclusivity fused with sensuous forms

Powerful and exclusive, dramatic and prestigious – the new S63 AMG 4MATIC also makes a visual impression. The high-performance sedan’s design is defined by the impressive blend of hallmark Mercedes sensual forms, classic architecture and a sleek silhouette with classic AMG design features. A large, upright and distinctly three-dimensional radiator grille underlines the special status of the S-Class – with an exciting contrast provided by the front apron with three large air dams. The front apron with the grille painted in high-gloss black displays the stylized “A” that is a hallmark of AMG vehicles and emphasizes the exclusivity and power of the S63 AMG 4MATIC. Flics in highgloss black on the side air intakes optimize the flow of air to the cooling
modules – a design that is a familiar sight in motorsport. The threedimensional front splitter in silver shadow reduces lift.

Side sill panels with three-dimensional inserts in silver shadow make the vehicle appear closer to the road and create an aggressive flow along the side with the brand’s hallmark “Dropping Line”. Large light-alloy wheels are another trademark AMG feature: they afford a clear view of the AMG highperformance brake system. “V8 BITURBO” lettering in new, contemporary typography on the front fenders identifies the top-of-the-range eight-cylinder model. This new lettering also appears in the “S63 AMG” model designation on the trunk lid. The design is drawn to a powerful conclusion by the black diffuser insert with trim in silver shadow and the two chromed twin tailpipes of the AMG sports exhaust system with internal dynamic exhaust flaps.

2014 Mercedes S63 AMG Interior

2014 Mercedes S63 AMG Interior

Interior: eye-catching appointments, design and quality

Like the exterior design, the S63 AMG 4MATIC interior is a sophisticated combination of the athletic atmosphere of a true AMG automobile with classic Mercedes values such as improved interior dimensions, new control logic, new ergonomic touches, ease of use, safety, appeal and aesthetics. The newly developed AMG sports seats with electric adjustment, Memory function and
seat heating offer the driver and front passenger more lateral support. Fine nappa leather in AMG V8 design with lavish perforations and AMG badges in the front and rear seat backrests create an exquisite and luxurious atmosphere on board. Special touches include the embossed emblem on the armrest of the front center console and the high-quality analog clock in IWC design, which for
the first time features three-dimensional, milled metal hands and metal appliqués on the dial.

The AMG sports steering wheel with its distinctively contoured rim, perforated leather in the grip area and aluminum shift paddles allows perfect vehicle control. Another feature displaying the hallmark AMG look is the highresolution TFT color display as an AMG instrument cluster with two animated round dials: in addition to the AMG-specific lettering and the needles in red/silver, further distinctive design features include the AMG logo in the speedometer with 200 mph scale (left) and the “V8 BITURBO” lettering in the rev counter (right).

Selecting “Warm up” in the AMG main menu brings up two round dials indicating the engine oil and transmission oil temperatures. Vehicle configuration, for example activation of a certain transmission and suspension mode, is manipulated through the AMG main menu “Setup” by means of buttons on the center console. An S63 AMG 4MATIC pictogram on the TFT display between the speedo and rev counter gives the driver visual feedback. The upper section of the display contains a permanent gear indicator and, when manual transmission mode “M” is selected, also an upshift recommendation. At the lower edge, the activated transmission mode, the ESP® mode and the suspension set-up are displayed.

2014 Mercedes S63 AMG Interior

2014 Mercedes S63 AMG Interior

Intelligent Drive: new standards in safety

The S63 AMG 4MATIC likewise sets new standards in active and passive safety: what began with PRE-SAFE® ten years ago and continued with DISTRONIC PLUS is now leading to a new dimension in driving. Comfort and Page 8 safety have blended into one. Mercedes-Benz calls this “Intelligent Drive.” New systems make the new S-Class even more comfortable and safe:

  • Driver Assistance Package
  • Night View Assist Plus

Mercedes S-Class Coupe Concept Revealed

Mercedes S-Class Coupe Concept revealed at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show

We were all sad when the CL-Class was shelved but after seeing its successor, the all new S-Class Coupe, we can all breath a sigh of relief.  Making its world debut at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show today, the S-Class Coupe hasn’t just filled the CL’s shoes, its gone far beyond with improvements all around.

2015 Mercedes S-Class Coupe Concept

Mercedes S-Class Coupe Concept Interior

Looking completely different from it’s four-door brethren that was revealed earlier this year, the S-Class Coupe Concept has a far more aggressive appearance with sleek new horizontal taillights giving it a sexy appearance. This is a complete departure from the elegant and curvy lines of the S-Class sedan.

The wheel arches have been designed to fit masculine 21-inch wheels fitted on a 2945mm wheelbase. In total, the Mercedes S-Class coupe concept is 5050mm long, 1985mm wide and 1409mm tall. Powering the new Mercedes concept coupe, a V8 4,633cc Biturbo engine that’s capable of producing 455 bhp (339 kW) and 700 Nm (516 lb-ft).

2015 Mercedes S-Class Coupe Concept

Mercedes S-Class Coupe Concept

Mercedes didn’t just stop at the exterior though, the interior of the S-Class coupe has a modified layout with a white instrument panel and thanks to the new airbag location, a perfectly sculpted instrument panel. A touch screen with four world clocks is located on the center console as well as new white aluminum ventilation nozzles.  Their are two 12.3-inch screens that have an 8:3 aspect ratio, slimmer than what we see on the S-Class Sedan. Not to be overlooked are the aluminum door panels, supple calfskin for the seats and instrument panel, together with a handmade silk carpet and a hand-woven silk roofline.

2015 Mercedes S-Class Coupe Concept

Mercedes S-Class Coupe Concept

The new S-Class Coupe also features Intelligent Drive technology that is comprised of two stereo cameras that offer a 3D view of the area up to approximately 50 meters in front of the car with support for object detection and movement. The car’s surroundings are also monitored over a range of up to 500 meters and is capable of detecting surface undulations to help the MAGIC BODY CONTROL suspension make the necessary changes to avoid a bumpy ride.

The production S-Class Coupe will  debut in January 2014 at the North American International Show in Detroit.

Want to know more?  Expand the press release below for complete details.

Mercedes S-Class Coupe Renderings

Renderings of the next-generation S-Class Coupe make their way onto the web

For those of you eagerly anticipating the arrival of the new S-Class Coupe, new design sketches have been revealed showing some design insight as to what we can expect from the luxury model.  There’s no word on whether they’re official Mercedes renderings, but judging from past design sketches there’s a good chance they are.

As you’ll see in the photos, the design is significantly more sporty than that of its four door counterpart, with gorgeous new sloping roof line, new tail lights, and a totally redesigned front fascia.  And while design sketches typically tend to be more masculine than the final production car, from the looks of it, this may be the sportiest S-Class Coupe/CL-Class to date.

We’ll keep you posted as new details of the forthcoming S-Class Coupe are revealed in advance of its Frankfurt Motor Show debut (just a few days away); in the meantime, check out more photos of the S-Class Coupe in the gallery below.

2014 S 65 AMG Spied Camo Free in Official Video Shoot

The 2014 Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG was caught over the weekend doing an official video shoot in the Netherlands

The 2014 Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG was caught over the weekend doing an official video shoot in the Netherlands.  The 2014 S 65 AMG had no camo other than a thin strip of tape over its trunk badge.  The V-12-powered S-Class is slated to make its world debut this November at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show.

Watch the video below to see the 2014 S65 AMG completely uncovered.

2014 S-Class Latest Video Trailer

2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Video Trailer

Thanks to the latest video from MBUSA, you no longer need to wait until the 2014 S-Class arrives in dealerships to get an up close look.

Make sure to check out the photo gallery below for another look and more information.

2014 Mercedes S63 AMG Pricing Announced for UK

The 2014 Mercedes S 63 AMG will hit dealerships in November at a starting price of 119,565 GBP

Only a few short months from now, dealerships in the United Kingdom will begin receiving the 2014 Mercedes S 63 AMG.  The starting price tag for a S 63 AMG in the UK, 119, 565 GBP.  There are multiple options available that can raise that price however.

For example, if you want to remove to top speed limited in order to reach speeds of 186 mph over the standard 155 mph, it will cost you 2,760 GBP.  It will be the cheapest way you’ll ever add an extra 21 mph speed to your car.

Other available option are the AMG High Performance Ceramic Composite Braking System (that you’ll need if you remove the speed limiter) for 7,090 GBP and a AMG Exterior Carbon Package for 5,000 GBP.

Check out the photo gallery below for a detailed look at the 2014 S 63 AMG or click over here to check out a fist hand review of new S-Class AMG

2014 Mercedes S-Class by Brabus

German super tuner Brabus transforms the 2014 S-Class into one of the world's fastest luxury sedans

German tuning extraordinaire Brabus has just unveiled their first tuning package for the 2014 S-Class. They’re the first tuner to offer up a power package for the flagship Mercedes, and as usual they don’t dissappoint.

Offering two power packages – one for the S500 and one for the already monsterous S63 AMG – Brabus proved that they can make the best even better.

Brabus Mercedes-Benz S-Class

Brabus Mercedes-Benz S-Class

The Brabus B50 (S500) receives a HP boost from its standard 450 HP to an impressive 520 HP – nearly that of the standard S63 AMG. This addition of horsepower and modifications allows Brabus’ version of the S500 to spring from 0 to 62 mph in a mere 4.2 seconds with a top speed that can be set at 155, 168 or 186 mph.

As for what Brabus had up their sleeves for the Mercedes S63 AMG, Brabus decided on two power upgrades. There’s the Brabus B63 that outputs 650 HP and 1,000 Nm of toque, two figures that are without question impressive, to say the least.  As if that weren’t enough, the second power upgrade (known as the Brabus B73) takes power a step further, upping output to a mind bending 730 hp (yes, I did say 730 HP) along with 1,065 Nm of torque. Both S63 AMG cars with the Brabus power upgrades can reach its electronically limited 202 mph with ease.

Brabus Mercedes-Benz S-ClassBrabus Mercedes-Benz S-Class

Brabus Mercedes-Benz S-Class

Brabus didn’t stop at the engine though, adding additional modifications to the interior and exterior of the 2014 S-Class. Add-ons like a tweaked ABC system with 15mm lowered ride height; 19, 20, or 21-inch Brabus wheels that come in different designs options and colors; a Brabus styling kit; and of course a luxurious interior package with leather, Alcantara, and carbon fiber are all on the menu.

Check the gallery below to indulge in luxurious power at its finest.

Go Behind the Scenes with the 2014 Mercedes S-Class

Take a look behind the scenes and see what it took to make the 2014 Mercedes S-Class the best car in the world

When engineers at Mercedes were tasked with delivering a vehicle that represented Mercedes’ slogan “The best or nothing,” there was only one choice – create the most innovative and refined Mercedes-Benz ever made.

Take a look behind the scenes and see what it took to make the 2014 Mercedes S-Class the best car in the world.

2014 Mercedes S-Class Commercials (Videos)

See the 2014 S-Class new brand messaging, Vision Accomplished, in a series of new ads

The new S-Class, Vision Accomplished, is the theme carried throughout all of Mercedes’ commercials for the 2014 S-Class.  To see the brand messaging in action, watch the four videos below for a look at the Mercedes-Benz S-Class TV spots as well the last video (which feels more like a mini-movie than a commercial).

Mercedes-Benz S-Class commercial “AIR-BALANCE”

Mercedes-Benz TV: S-Class commercial “Stop&Go Pilot”

Mercedes-Benz TV: S-Class TV Commercial “Visions”

Vission Fufilled – The New S-Class

Mercedes S-Class Extra Long Wheelbase Spied

Mercedes has confirmed that the S-Class range will be completed by six model variants, based on spy photos will include an extra long wheelbase

We’ve seen the Mercedes S-Class standard wheelbase, the S-Class long wheelbase, for the speed hungry among you, the monstrously powered-yet-luxurious S63 AMG.  But the fun doesn’t stop there, ladies and gentlemen, as there are even more variants of their top of the range Mercedes S coming.

Mercedes has confirmed that the S-Class range will be completed by six model variants, stating “there will be now three new models in addition to the short-wheelbase and extended wheelbase variants and the S-Class Coupe”.  Why so many?  With Maybach gone, Mercedes has opted to seek the same market share of the outgoing brand, and they’ve decided the standard wheel base isn’t going to do it.

In the latest spy photos, we see can see that Mercedes is adding an extra long wheelbase variant to the S-Class lineup.  Unlike the upcoming S-Class Pullman, that will have 6 seats (formed by three rows of two), this new extra-long wheelbase S-Class sticks to the traditional two rear seats, but adds approximately 200mm over the conventional long wheelbase variant.  Think of it as the middle ground between the long wheelbase S-Class and the S-Class Pullman.  Hit the gallery below to see more.

Thanks to Andrus for the tip and GMotors for the photos.

Mercedes S63 AMG Video

2014 Mercedes S63 AMG scheduled to make its auto show debut in September at the Frankfurt Motor Show

The 2014 Mercedes S63 AMG made its online debut yesterday, paving the way for its  auto show debut this September at the Frankfurt International Motor Show.  For those of us too impatient to wait two months for a really good look at the newest member of the AMG family, we have a complete photo gallery and the latest video of the S63 AMG below.

Still want more?  Click here to view complete details of the S63 AMG.

The S 63 AMG Presented by Wolfgang Rother

S63 AMG Quick Facts

The 2014 Mercedes S63 AMG 4Matic facts and photo gallery

The 2014 Mercedes S63 AMG 4Matic made its official debut today and along with its premiere and first official photos was a plethora of information. If time is of the essence, we have a quick reference guide for you to give you just the pertinent information and the highlights of the S63 AMG.

You can also click here to skip directly to the photo gallery where you will find over 50 photos of the all new AMG model from Mercedes.

Mercedes S63 AMG

Mercedes S63 AMG

Customer Availability:

  • MY2014 S550 – September/October 2013
  • MY2014 S550 4MATIC – November 2013
  • MY2014 S63 AMG 4MATIC – November 2013

New S63 AMG 4MATIC Standard Equipment Highlights:

  • Premium 1 Package (from S550) is standard, which includes KEYLESSGO with HANDS-FREE ACCESS, active multicontour front seats with hot stone massage function, heated and active ventilated front seats, and rear side window sunshades.
  • AMG 4MATIC all-wheel-drive
  • AMG sports exhaust system with dynamic internal exhaust flaps
  • AMG high-performance two-piece brake system
  • Lithium-ion battery
  • Carbon-fiber spare wheel recess
  • ESP® Curve Dynamic Assist

New S63 AMG 4MATIC Optional Equipment Highlights:

  • Carbon ceramic brakes

New S-Class Standard Equipment Highlights:

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  • Burmester Sound System
  • LED Ambient Lighting with choice of 7 colors with 5 dimming levels and 4 different dimming zones
  • Two 12.3″ high-resolution screens for head unit & instrument cluster

New Optional Equipment Highlights:

  • MAGIC BODY CONTROL (S550 rear-wheel drive only – not available with S550 4MATIC or S63 AMG 4MATIC): Uses stereo camera to perform road surface scan, adjustment of damping of suspension automatically and to individual or multiple wheels at once. Chassis is adjusted within fraction of a second for the best driving comfort.
  • ENERGIZING massage function: Unique seat massage function based on the hot-stone principle
  • Rearseat Package: Rear seatbelt airbags, PRE-SAFE® Rear, 4-Zone Climate Control, Chauffeur Package
  • Warmth & Comfort Package: Heated steering wheel, heated front/rear armrests, heated & active ventilated rear seats, power rear seats, memory rear seats, rear heated seats
  • Air Balance Package: Fragrance, ionization and filtration of air through the HVAC system
  • New generation Driver Assistance Package: Active Lane Keeping Assist with additional functionality on slower/standing cars, crash barriers, overtaking cars, and oncoming traffic, DISTRONIC PLUS® with Steering Assist & BAS PLUS® with Cross Traffic Assist, PRE-SAFE Brake with Pedestrian Recognition
  • New generation Active Parking Assist: Semi-automatic curbside parking function

Model Positioning:

  • The highest expression of the Mercedes-Benz brand
  • Industry-leading, refined & luxurious interior
  • Innovations in the areas of comfort, entertainment and safety trailblazing, efficient drive concepts and fuel economy

The main competitors of the S-Class (S63 AMG):

  • BMW 7 Series (ALPINA B7), Audi A8 (S8), Lexus LS (no S63 competitor)

Safety Features Highlights:

  • Surround View Camera
  • Active Parking Assist
  • Active Lane Keeping Assist
  • DISTRONIC PLUS® with Steering Assist & BAS PLUS® with Cross Traffic Assist
  • Rear seatbelt airbags and Rear Active Belt Buckles that pre-tension
  • PRE-SAFE Impulse (seat belt action)
  • Night View Assist PLUS
  • PRE-SAFE PLUS for rear-end collision
  • PRE-SAFE Brake with Pedestrian Recognition

At a Glance:

Fuel Economy TBA TBA TBA
Engine Direct injection,twin turbochargers, V8 Direct injection,twin turbochargers, V8 Hand-built AMG Directinjection, twin turbochargers, V8
Performance 449 hp (new)516 lb.-ft. torque 449 hp (new)516 lb.-ft. torque 577 hp664 lb.-ft. torque
0-60 4.8 (est.) 4.8 (est.) 3.9 (est.)