Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG S 2014
With its E-Class roots, the Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG S is following the other 2014 models into a new era at AMG. It’s not only hard-core performance. That can be saved for the Black Series cars. AMGs sit as the highest trim, appealing to every driver that simply wants the best, even if they aren’t looking for an insane amount of horsepower. That’s not to say it still won’t offer an insane amount of power. From the whoosh of the twin turbochargers to the stampede of 575 ponies, the CLS and other AMGs are far from mundane. But, many are now putting their power down through an all-wheel-drive system, adding a little civility to what has been a crop of extremisms. Instead of shredding the rear tires with nearly 600 foot-pounds of torque, the CLS now sends 33 percent of the engine’s power to the front, aiding acceleration and traction at the cost of smoky rear-wheel peel outs. It’s actually a better fit for the swoopy four-door coupe, which is more likely to make an impression at the valet stand of some gala event than intimidate muscle cars at the drag strip.
Price: $105,000 (estimated)
Engine: 5.5-liter twin-turbocharged V-8
0-60: 3.6 seconds
Top Speed: 186 mph (limited)
Transmission: 7-speed automatic
Torque: 590 foot-pounds