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2012 Mercedes S-Class S 63 AMG

2012 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Review

(0 Stars)  A car to be chauffeured in that you'll want to drive.

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Overview
Efficiency-minded buyers have their pick of hybrid or diesel with the S-class. The turbo-diesel V-6 is projected to earn a rating of 20/31 mpg on the EPA fuel economy cycle and is both refined and authoritative, but it is slow to respond off the line and during downshifts. Accordingly, we're not as impressed with the new engine as we have been with the less powerful Mercedes diesel or the diesels offered by BMW and Audi. For now, though, Mercedes is the only company to offer a diesel in a flagship luxury sedan. The S400 Hybrid was the first gas/electric car to use lithium-ion batteries and delivers impressive fuel economy and smooth acceleration from its V-6 engine and electric motor, but at 19/25 mpg it isn't as efficient as the diesel. The rest of the lineup focuses on speed, not economy. The S550 is powered by a 4.7-liter twin-turbo V-8 and accelerates to 60 mph in 5.4 seconds. Next up the food chain is the 510-hp S600 supersedan with a twin-turbo V-12 engine that accomplishes the same task in a paltry 4.5 seconds. Then there's the 536-hp S63 AMG with the twin-turbocharged 5.5-liter V-8 that has replaced the 6.2-liter normally aspirated V-8. All those luxorockets, however, are left behind by the ludicrously fast S65 AMG and its twin-turbo V-12 that makes 621 hp and a massive 738 lb-ft of torque. But the S-class is more than great engines; it's also a driver's delight thanks to a balanced chassis, superb steering, and a supple ride.

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2012 S 63 AMG Overview

  Performance Review  
Turbocharged
Engine: 5.5L V 8 DOHC and variable valve timing
Premium unleaded fuel
Fuel economy: Gasoline 15 MPG city, 23 MPG highway, 18 MPG combined and 428 mi. range
Multi-point fuel injection
23.8gallon fuel tank
Power (SAE): 536 hp @ 5,500 rpm; 590 ft lb of torque @ 2,000 rpm

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'12 Mercedes S 63 AMG Standard Equipment

  Climate Control  
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Front Air Conditioning
  Convenience  
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Auto On Headlights
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Cruise Control
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Keyless Entry
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Power Locks
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Power Trunk Pulldown
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Power Windows
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Rear Sunshade
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Steering Wheel Scope
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Steering Wheel Tilt
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Trip Computer
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Vehicle Information Center
  Exterior  
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Moonroof
  Interior  
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Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
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Premium Interior Trim
  Safety  
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Auto Day/Night Mirror
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Brake Assist
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Daytime Running Lights
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Driver Air Bag
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Engine Immobilizer
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Front Fog Lights
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Head/Curtain Airbag
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Heated Outside Mirrors
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Heated Wiper/Washers
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HID Headlights
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Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors
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Parking Distance Control
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Passenger Air Bag
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Rear Airbag
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Rear Curtain Airbag
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Rear Side Airbag
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Rear View Camera
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Side Air Bag(s)
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Stability Control
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Theft Deterrent System
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Traction Control
  Seats  
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Dual Power Seats
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Front Ventilated Seats
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Heated Front Seats
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Leather Seats
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Massaging Seats
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Memory Seat
  Sound and Entertainment  
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Compact Disc Changer
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DVD Entertainment
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iPod Connector
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Satellite Radio
  Technology  
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Blue Tooth Compatible
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GPS/Satellite Communication
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Homelink Universal Transmitter
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Navigation System
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Voice Activated Controls
  Tires and Wheels  
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Alloy Wheels
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Full Spare Tire
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