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Power, performance, luxury, and…going green? Yes, you read that correctly. The Mercedes-Benz 2011 S63 AMG was born out of an ambitious goal. Dubbed AMG Performance 2015, the project was designed to “continually reduce the fuel consumption and emissions of new models…while at the same time enhancing the core brand value of performance,” according to AMG then-chairman Ola Kallenius. Fun Fact: For the S63, that performance included being able to hit 60 mph in 4.4 seconds.
Spelling It Out
AMG is the Mercedes-Benz division that produces performance autos. Named after three standout engineers in the company’s history, it’s short for Aufecht, Melcher, and Großaspach. Also, the S63 is part of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class. The S comes from sonderklasse, which is German for special class.
A Model of Efficiency
As part of AMG’s focus on efficiency, the S63’s generator management made use of previously wasted kinetic energy to charge the battery. Additionally, AMG’s multi-clutch technology (MCT) seven-speed transmission – already part of the SL63 and E63 models – made its debut in the S63.
A start/stop function came standard with the S63. That function registered the resting position of all eight pistons. It then restarted the engine by injecting fuel into the combustion chamber of the cylinder with the most favorable piston position.
2011 Mercedes Benz S63 AMG Specs
- 5.5L Twin-Turbo Direct-Injection V8 Engine
- 536 HP
- 590 Ft. Lbs of Torque
- Multi-Clutch Technology (MCT) Seven-Speed Transmission
- 14 City / 22 Highway MPG