New 2019 Mercedes‑Benz Mercedes‑AMG S‑Class Sedan
Mercedes‑Benz Mercedes‑AMG S‑Class Sedan
The Mercedes-AMG S63 and S65 push the limits of what a luxury sedan, coupe and convertible can be, especially when price is no object.
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Although based on the flagship S-Class lineup, the 2019 Mercedes-AMG S63 and S65 transform this stately luxury automobile into a performance machine every bit as enticing as a Porsche Panamera Turbo, but with a more adult-friendly rear seat. Of course, unlike in the big S-Class (reviewed separately), with the AMG models you’ll definitely want to be the one doing the driving because the S63 and S65 deliver scorching straight-line performance backed up by brilliant handling. The AMG twins feature hand-built, twin-turbocharged engines, a V8 for the S63 and V12 for the S65. They also come in coupe and convertible form, outfitted with Mercedes-Benz’s finest features and highest price tags.
You'll Like This Car If...
If you love the size and sophistication of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, but feel it lacks the bold image required to impress young visionaries, check out the 2019 Mercedes-AMG S63 and S65. Power and performance are never in question, and the S65’s V12 is an increasingly rare animal these days.
You May Not Like This Car If...
If you’re thinking of spending as much as $250,000 on a big luxury sedan, something with a bit more exclusivity like a Bentley Flying Spur, Porsche Panamera Turbo Executive or even a previously-owned Rolls Royce Ghost might be a better fit.
What's New for 2019
For 2019, changes to the Mercedes-AMG S63 and S65 are limited to two new steering-wheel options, one in wood and leather, and the other in Dinamica and carbon fiber.
Think of an S-Class full-size sedan, and you’ll likely imagine wafting along in serene comfort and quiet. These AMG versions can absolutely do that, especially when the Dynamic Select driver-adjustable mode is set to Comfort, but they also have a not-so-secret aggressive side. With 603 horsepower and an AMG-specific all-wheel-drive system, the S63 is blisteringly fast. We’re talking to the tune of 0-60 mph in 3.4 seconds. And this isn’t a motorcycle; it’s a nearly 5,000-pound executive car. Beyond this lightning-quick acceleration, the Mercedes-AMG S63 also boasts deceptively deft handling when Sport or Sport+ mode is selected. The V12-powered S65 is a beast all its own. Though it has more power and four additional cylinders, it’s actually slightly slower off the line than the S63. This mainly is due to it being rear-wheel drive (RWD), and thus having only two patches of rubber clawing at the ground vs. four in the all-wheel-drive (AWD) S63. Beyond hustling, the Mercedes-AMG touts all the noteworthy driving attributes of the standard S-Class, even those that involve driving on its own. We were impressed with the S-Class’ semi-autonomous capability, in which it can pace the car ahead and keep you in lanes while your hands merely rest on the steering wheel.
ENERGIZING COMFORT CONTROL
Unique to Mercedes is a system designed to reduce driver fatigue and drowsiness. The system has various settings, one that plays mood-altering music, another that adds fragrance to the cabin via the car’s climate control. There’s also a seat massage setting and even one that prompts you through stretching exercises while sitting being the wheel.
In racing parlance, we call the 2019 Mercedes-AMG S63 and S65 “sleepers.” That’s because despite their rather conservative exteriors and opulent interiors, both cars deliver impressive on-road performance, with enough horsepower to run circles around some 2-door supercars.
When it comes to exquisite automotive interiors, you can put the S-Class in the top-5 category, and that includes its sinister AMG siblings. Leather, wood and sumptuous seating designs impress from the moment the door swings open, followed by the fragrance put forth by the Air Balance system. The standard 12.3-inch infotainment screen and matching digital instrument cluster further distinguish the AMG S-Class cars. On the S63 and S65 Coupe and Cabriolet, rear-seat legroom is rather tight, as one would expect, but due to their enormous size are still more accommodating than most big coupes. The sedans offer the option of 2-person rear seating with individual bucket seats with heat and a massaging feature, plus an extendable footrest on the passenger side.
The revised 2019 Mercedes-AMG S-Class sedan, coupe and cabriolet retain the basic lines of their standard Benz counterparts, but all boast unique and more aggressive details that enable them to stand out. Exclusive lower bodywork, gaping front fascias, big 20-inch wheels and AMG badging provide details to the larger story. As we mentioned, most eyes will be familiar with the S-Class sedan’s shape. Still fresh are the Mercedes-AMG S-Class coupe and fabric-top cabriolet, introduced just a few years ago in their latest form. Don’t let the 2-door designation deceive you. At just under 200 inches, they are roughly a half-foot shorter than the AMG S-Class sedan but still massively elegant and imposing in their own right.
Notable Standard Equipment
The standard roster for the entry-level (if you can call it that) Mercedes-AMG S63 sedan includes a hand-built engine from AMG, additional AMG enhancements to the brakes, limited-slip differential and adaptive suspension plus AMG badging and exterior styling cues. Nappa leather seating is standard, as are heated, ventilated and massaging front seats, hands-free power trunk lid, electric soft-close doors, a power rear sunshade, 12.3-inch infotainment screen with navigation, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility and a 1,190-watt, 26-speaker Burmester audio system. Standard safety systems include autonomous emergency braking, lane keeping and even a drowsiness monitor.
Notable Optional Equipment
Options for the S-Class are extensive and extravagant. From a rear-seat refrigerator to in-car Wi-Fi and massaging rear seats, there are myriad ways to make a flagship vehicle even better and accustomed to your tastes. Among the more recommendable features is the Driver Assistance Package with proactive safety features like active lane-keeping assist, active blind-spot monitoring and enhanced active cruise control (the package is standard on S65 models). If you want to show you are as serious about stopping as you are about going, these Mercedes-AMG models offer high-performance carbon-ceramic brakes to the tune of nearly $9,000.
Under the Hood
The 2019 Mercedes-AMG S63 models use a handcrafted 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine that boasts over 600 horsepower. All-wheel drive (or 4Matic) is standard on these models and enables a 0-60-mph time in the 3-second range. The even pricier Mercedes-AMG S65 models are among the few new cars still offering a V12. In this case it’s a twin-turbo 6.0-liter unit. Compared to the V8, it doesn’t have that much more horsepower -- 621 vs. 603 -- but grants locomotive-like torque of 738 lb-ft. Unlike the S63, the Mercedes-AMG S65 models are rear-wheel drive (if you must have a 12-cylinder car with all-wheel drive, you can find it in the BMW M760i or Bentley Flying Spur). The S63 uses a 9-speed transmission, while the S65’s power is routed through a 7-speed unit. Fuel economy isn’t exactly thrifty. Almost ironically, both have a start/stop system that shuts off the engine at idle. Restarts, especially for the 12-cylinder, can be abrupt. We found ourselves quickly deactivating the feature during our tests.
4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 (S63)
603 horsepower @ 5,500-6,000 rpm
664 lb-ft of torque @ 2,250-4,500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/26 mpg (sedan), 17/27 mpg (coupe), 15/24 mpg (cabriolet)
6.0-liter twin-turbo V12 (S65)
621 horsepower @ 4,800-5,400 rpm
738 lb-ft of torque @ 2,300-4,300 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 13/22 mpg (sedan), 13/21 mpg (coupe), 14/21 mpg (cabriolet)
Adding those three “AMG” letters to your Mercedes S-Class may as well be extra dollar signs. Whereas a standard S-Class sedan is hardly cheap at around $92,000 to start, the beginning price for an AMG model is closer to $150,500 for the S63 sedan. Coupe and cabriolet models are even more, starting over $170,400 and $181,000, respectively. The top-dog, V12-powered S65 models are higher still, and by a significant factor. The 2019 Mercedes-AMG S65 sedan starts over $230,400, more than the median price of a U.S. home. Here again, coupe and cabriolet models are even pricier, starting over $242,000 and $254,000, respectively, after factoring in the gas-guzzler tax. At these prices, the Mercedes-AMG S-Class models are in rarefied air for one-percenters, who no doubt already have a collection of luxury cars. Still, for comparison sake these prices span everything from a well-equipped BMW 7 Series (and forthcoming 8 Series) to a Bentley Continental coupe/cabriolet or Flying Spur sedan. KBB.com’s Fair Purchase Price can tell you what folks in your area are paying for their new Mercedes-AMG models. The Mercedes-AMG’s resale value isn’t all that great, and combined with their lofty starting prices equates to tens of thousands quickly lost due to depreciation.
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Mercedes-Benz Mercedes-AMG S-Class Consumer Reviews
June 06, 2018
The BEST CAR IN THE WORLD
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March 12, 2017
best car that have owned
This car is a dream to drive
September 11, 2016
After 8 Lexus, 3 BMW, first MB...WOW!!
This is my first Mercedes after many other luxury vehicles. The Lexus brand is super reclaimable but just so-so on the luxury side. ...
August 23, 2016
Car does everything.
This was my first MB. Never really cared for them, but was in between cars and I was tipped off to this new S class coupe. Make sure...
February 19, 2016
Greatest car ever
At age of 62 years I drove many cars in my life but with confidence I can tell you this is the best ever car I ever owned.
January 02, 2016
Nothing but the best
I seriously considered and had a deposit for the Tesla. But the luxury and attention to detail in the Mercedes made me eventually go for...
September 28, 2015
I had a 2015 s550 and just traded for a 2016 s63
I thought our 2015 S550 was a great car. But our 2016 S63 is arguably the finest car in the world. We have the S600 interior options but...
September 13, 2015
Deserving of the Accolades
The S Class was the clear choice over the 7 series BMW, the Audi and the Porsche The smooth ride is limo like, massage and cooled seats...
May 22, 2015
i love everything about this car
i owned 6 s class and 4 ls 460 in pass 10 years i find this is the best