Mercedes’ grand continent muncher

This two-door coupé, the S 63 AMG, is a bold statement, says Nick Rufford in The Sunday Times – a return to the days when Mercedes was known for setting the benchmark in engineering excellence rather than gunning for mass sales.

And it’s set itself quite a challenge here: for the price, this coupé must be luxurious enough to tempt drivers away from Bentley and BMW and exciting enough to win them over from Aston Martin and Ferrari. Does it manage it?

It is more nimble than the Bentley Continental, more upmarket than the BMW 6 series, and it is undoubtedly very quick – Aston and Ferrari should be worried, says Rufford.

The biggest marvel, though, is the Magic Body Control system – it reads the road ahead and input from the steeringwheel to lean the car into bends, reducing lurching and wallowing on even the twistiest of roads. This S express is a grand way to travel.

It is a fine achievement, agrees Car magazine, and definitely worth a look if you’re shopping in Bentley territory.

“The sublime ride quality and effortless performance on tap are ace cards up the S63 Coupé’s sleeve, and there are only nit-picking question marks over the modernist instrumentation and a snatchy low-speed gearchange. Otherwise, it’s a supremely comfortable continent muncher.”

Price: £124,000
Engine: 5,461cc, V8, twin turbos
Power: 580bhp at 5,500rpm
Torque: 664lb ft at 2,250rpm
Top speed: 155mph
0-62mph: 4.2 seconds
Fuel: 28mpg (combined)
Carbon: 237g/km

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