With Mercedes developing a Coupe version of the new-generation S-Class , we expect an AMG version to be right around the corner. Today these expectations became a reality, as our spy photographers caught it testing for the first time, wearing the AMG goodies that transform it into a real eye-catcher.
As you probably expected, the S63 AMG Coupe will feature a design language identical to the 2014 S63 AMG , but taken to a sportier level and with two fewer doors. It will get an AMG front bumper with bigger air intakes to help cool the engine. Around back, a sports exhaust system with quad end pipes hangs out, while a special set of AMG wheels and massive brakes help further qualify this as an AMG-tuned model.
Under the hood, Mercedes will use the same engine as in the sedan version: a 5.5-liter, V-8 biturbo engine that delivers a total of 577 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque. This should be enough to sprint the car from 0 to 60 mph in just four seconds, and take it up to an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph. With the optional AMG Performance Package top speed will jump to to 173 mph.
The standard S-Class Coupe is rumored to be unveiled at he 2014 Geneva Motor Show , and the AMG version will follow a few months later.
Update 10/9/13: We’ve created a pair of renderings of the 2015 S63 AMG. You can see them after the jump.
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The prototype caught testing today by our spy photographers is heavily camouflaged, but even so, it’s pretty clear that the S63 AMG Coupe will be stuffed with lots of AMG goodies. The model will get a large, three-dimensional radiator grille and an apron with large air intakes up front. On the rear, the S63 AMG Coupe is distinguished by an AMG exhaust system with two chrome twin-quad tailpipes.
Our rendering starts off with the 2013 S-Class Coupe Concept that we saw at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show. Up front, we added in an AMG-style bumper and grille to give it the distinct look required of an AMG model. Down the side, we swapped out the mirrors and door handles for more traditional ones, and added in a set of side skirts and AMG wheels.
Around back, we added in quad-exit exhaust tips, and slightly refined the diffuser to better fit the AMG look.
Ever since Mercedes revealed plans for a coupe version for the new S-Class, it announced it will directly target models from Bentley. The Continental GT is the perfect competitor for the S63 AMG Coupe.
The Conti GT is powered by a 6.0-liter, W-12 engine that delivers a total of 567 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. The car sprints from 0 to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds and goes up to a top speed of 198 mph.
Gallery Bentley Continental GT
Another entrant in the flabby but fast category is the Maserati GranTurismo, though it is supposed to drop in size a bit for 2015. The engine lineup for the 2015 GranTurismo is still unconfirmed, but we expect to see a new, Ferrari-built V-8 that produces somewhere north of 450 horsepower, giving the Maserati a mid-four-second sprint to 60 mph.