The ultimate in S-Class performance has gotten an edgier look in the newly enhanced Mercedes-AMG S-Class Coupe and Cabriolet lineup, each body style available in V8 S 63 and V12 S 65 variants. These four new super coupes and cabriolets feature the now signature Panamericana grille bars adopted by other models in the sub-brand, a look adapted from Mercedes SL racers of the 1950s.

In addition to a new grille, the AMG S-Class Coupe and Cabriolet make a powerful statement with their handcrafted engines. The previous 5.5-liter twin turbo V8 in the S 63 models has been replaced by a new 4.0-liter unit that, while smaller in displacement, puts out 26 more horsepower. Now at 603 horsepower, the output is delivered to all four wheels via a 9-speed automatic transmission. The S 65 model retains its twin turbo V12 delivering 621 horsepower and 738 lb-ft of torque to the rear wheels through a 7-speed single clutch automatic transmission. The S 63 can accelerate to 60 mph in 3.4 seconds, the V12 model reaches that mark in 4.0 seconds, and both are electronically limited to a top speed of 186 mph.

"Having already undertaken major development work on our S-Class Sedan to further enhance driving performance and individuality, we are now making the same changes to the S 63 Coupe and Cabriolet. The extensive modifications are designed to strengthen our leading position in this dream car segment in terms of driving dynamics, performance, equipment and comfort on long journeys. The S 65 Coupe and Cabriolet with their high-torque 6.0-liter V12 biturbo engine remain the most elite form of the S-Class," stated Tobias Moers, CEO of Mercedes-AMG GmbH.

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New exterior design cues

Mercedes-AMG says the new grille is complemented by a body-colored front bumper resembling a hovering jet wing and is flanked by two large outer air inlets accented by high-gloss black.  A 3-dimensional front splitter helps to reduce lift at the front axle.

The rocker panels feature 3D chrome inlays to give the Coupe and Cabriolet a lower-slung look adding to the cars’ muscular looks. Large forged light-alloy wheels, measuring 19 inches as standard on the S 63 models and 20 inches on the S 65 versions, have a unique design that make them appear larger than their dimensions. Both the S 63 and S 65 Coupe and Cabriolet models have a new rear bumper with redesigned diffusers and model-specific twin tailpipes.

Further distinguishing the Mercedes-AMG Coupes and Cabriolets from the standard S-Class models is the performance-inspired approach to the cabins. All are equipped with well-bolstered AMG power sport seats clad in Nappa leather and sporting AMG badging.  A 3-spoke performance steering wheel with paddle shifters is trimmed in perforated leather and sports a metal insert with more AMG identification.

The complete line of 2018 Mercedes-AMG S 63 and S 65 Coupes and Cabriolets will go on sale midway through the next year with pricing announced closer to their on-sale date.

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