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

July 4, 2014
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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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  • We like that you can’t see the lug nuts on the S63.
  • The S63’s twin-turbo V-8 is larger than the S550’s.
  • The S63’s steering wheel.
  • A Burmester audio system comes standard.
  • A very flat rear end.
  • The S63’ rear seats.
  • It appears that Daniel R. built this S63’s engine.
  • The S63’s interior.
  • The S63’s front fascia is menacing.
  • Daniel R.’s twin-turbo handiwork.
  • A detail on the S63’s center armrest.
  • Man, the S63 goes for miles.
  • Regardless of trim, they’re both nice to look at.
  • We prefer the S550’s sleek front end.
  • The S550 on the left, the S63 on the right.
  • There’s a slight bend to each of the S550’s spokes.
  • The S550’s steering wheel.
  • Black is slimming.
  • Shapely power seat adjustment controls.
  • The S550 can be had with all-wheel drive.
  • The S550’s rear seats.
  • The S550’s rear Mercedes-Benz badge.
  • The S550’s leather-wrapped dashboard face.
  • We like this S550’s 14-spoke wheels.
  • A simple and elegant grille design.
  • The stand-up stars on the front of these cars move. Notice the slight angle?
  • The S550’s nameplate badge.

2015 Mercedes-Benz S-Class

S550 RWD 4-Dr Sedan V8
starting at (MSRP)
$94,400
Engine
4.7L V8
Fuel Economy
17 City 26 Hwy
2015 Mercedes-Benz S-Class