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Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG (W220)

For only one month in 2001, AMG created a V12-powered S-Class solely for certain European and Asian markets, presumably for those select potentates and dictators who could hardly endure the shame of being driven around on only 8-cylinders. 4 pots and nearly 100hp separate the S63 AMG from the S55, even though the stopwatch shows only a few tenths advantage for the heavier car. Based on the 5.8L V12 used in the S600 and CL600, the S63's engine has a larger displacement, a new management system, a new crank case and cooling system, weight-optimized pistons, and a new camshaft with greater valve lift and modified valves.

390lb-ft of torque are available between 2500-5800rpm with a peak of 457 at 4400 rpm while horsepower grows by almost 80 over the S600. The gearbox is a 5-speed Tiptronic. Active security is taken care of by the large brake rotors all around (drilled up front) and Active Body Control (ABC) which reduces body roll by compensating body movement with hydraulics. The standard 17 inch alloy wheels can be traded in for 18 or 19 inchers, and wrapped in the 245/40R19 and 275/35R19 front/rear range-topping tires. Also optional are a few exterior add-ons such as side skirts and the deletion of the 155mph speed-limiter. - by Traian Popescu


Base Price, GBP 110,000 Engine Type 36-valve V12
Powertrain Layout Front engine, RWD
Displacement, cc 6258
Power(DIN)@rpm 444@5000 Torque, lb-ft@rpm 457@4400
Curb Weight, lb - 0-62 mph, sec 5.7
1/4 mile, sec@mph - 600 ft slalom, mph -
70-0 mph, ft - Top speed, mph 155