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2014 Mercedes-Benz S550 and S63 AMG: Around the Block

It’s a special kind of someone who thinks a 2014 Mercedes-Benz S550 sedan needs more — more power, more distinctive looks, and more luxury features. That special kind of someone will buy a 2014 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG sedan, but they shouldn’t.

Live life to the fullest (and then some)

This sort of embellishment should not exist. Let’s compare the fictional lives of a 2014 Mercedes-Benz S550 owner and a 2014 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG owner, shall we? The S550 owner wears tailored Paul Smith suits, drinks French wine, and has a personal trainer. The S63 AMG owner, though, has Paul Smith tailor his suits, bought a vineyard in France, and gets his protein shakes made by Hugh Jackman. Get the point? It’s absurd to want more when you have more than enough, and the S550 certainly has more than enough.


Never left wanting

Power? The S550’s 455-hp, twin-turbo V-8 can get you to sixty from a stop in less than five seconds. Available features? What, massaging front seats, rear seats with pillows on the headrests, a Burmester surround sound system, and a “fragrance atomizer” can’t cut it? Distinctive looks? You’ve got to be kidding. The S550 is elegant, bold, and graceful. We think it’s one of the best-looking sedans you can buy. If for whatever reason you think it needs more machismo, then by all means option it with the $6650 sport appearance package, you loon.

An impeccable package

The S63 AMG is impressive, no doubt about it, but also completely excessive. Its bigger, badder, 577-hp, twin-turbo V-8 may shave a second off of the sedan’s zero-to-sixty time, it may look more sinister, but the S550 is a status symbol that perfectly fuses performance and luxury under some seriously sexy sheet metal. To want more anything than that would, well, take a special kind of someone.


2014 Mercedes-Benz S550 4MATIC sedan

  • Base price $96,825
  • Price as tested $122,895
  • Engine 4.7-liter DOHC twin-turbo V-8
  • Power 455 hp @ 5250-5550 rpm
  • Torque 516 lb-ft @ 1800-3500 rpm
  • Transmission 7-speed automatic
  • Drive 4-wheel
  • Fuel economy 16/26 mpg (city/highway)
  • 0-60 mph 4.8 sec
  • Top speed 130 mph
  • Cargo capacity 16.3 cu ft

2014 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG sedan

  • Base price $140,425
  • Price as tested $153,495
  • Engine 5.5-liter DOHC twin-turbo V-8
  • Power 577 hp @ 5500 rpm
  • Torque 664 lb-ft @ 2250-3750 rpm
  • Transmission 7-speed automatic
  • Drive 4-wheel
  • Fuel economy 15/23 mpg (city/highway)
  • 0-60 mph 3.9 sec
  • Top speed 186 mph
  • Cargo capacity 16.3 cu ft

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Buying Guide

2015 Mercedes-Benz S-Class

Fair Market Price $87,349 S550 Sedan
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EPA MPG:

17 City / 26 Hwy

Horse Power:

449 @ 5250

Torque:

516 @ 1800