And just how powerful is this shebang?
Mercedes-Benz's all-new S-class - driven for the first time for Life last week - has gotten the AMG treatment in the guise of the S63 and will officially launch at September's Frankfurt Motor Show.
S63 is also available in stretched form.
Interior gets black, metallic and carbon fibre trim.
The S63 AMG gets the latest 585hp/900Nm 5.5-litre twin-turbo V8 available in either rear-wheel-drive or 4Matic all-wheel-drive format.
With just two wheels driven, the S63 goes from 0-100kph in 4.4sec; 4Matic shaves the time by a good 0.4sec.
Those are quite respectable figures...
Uh-huh, considering that the S-class is the flagship saloon of Mercedes-Benz. But, at 1,970kg, it's around 100kg lighter than before which is quite impressive.
The S63 isn't that thirsty, either, with a 9.9kpl economy rating. Coping with such towering performance are carbon-ceramic brakes and adaptive suspension system.
Oh, that so-called Magic Ride Control, which can preselect damping rates in advance depending on road surface ahead, is available in the S63 for enhanced comfort.
And to round things off, a long wheelbase version is also on offer.
It appears the Flying Spur is under threat...
Judging from initial impressions, it is. Combined with a sporty appointed interior and generous rear-seat comfort, Mercedes is taking the fight straight to the Bentley Flying Spur.
The British saloon may have a more powerful 625hp 6.0-litre twin-turbo W12, but its super-obese 2.5 tonne body means performance is blunted.
That explains why the four-wheel-drive Bentley is 0.6sec slower than the S63 in the acceleration test.
And the S63's price, you might ask? Practically the same as the Flying Spur: 20 million baht in Thailand, including tax.
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