Executive limo accommodations, supercar power and sleeper-no-more looks are the key ingredients to Mercedes Benz's newly facelifted pair of S-Class AMG sedans. Photos and details released today reveal the S63 and S65 AMG sedans, both of which are now even more appealing thanks to a series of subtle fine-tuning measures.

LED accents abound, with the high-tech illumination powering daytime running lights, fog lights and tail lights. Inside it's the usual array of fine wood, leather, high-grade plastics and reserved color combinations.

The same engines as the current cars can be found once you pop the bonnets, since this is just a mid-cycle freshening. That means the S63 will be cranking 518hp (386kW) and 465lb-ft (630Nm) of torque from its 6.2L V8 mill, while the S65's 6.0L V12 will spin up to 604hp (450kW) and 738lb-ft (1,000Nm) of torque. All that twist necessitates use of a 5-speed automatic transmission instead of the 7-speed unit found in the S63.

The new S63 capable of accelerating to a speed of 100km/h from rest in 4.6 seconds, while the S65 will do the same in just 4.4 seconds. Both saloons are electronically limited to 250km/h. Despite no changes having been made to the engine data and performance values, it has still been possible to reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by up to 3%.

Visual aspects that distinguish the V8 from the V12 model include the AMG light-alloy wheels: the S63 AMG has 19in multi-spoke units painted titanium grey with a high-sheen finish. The S65 AMG, on the other hand, comes with 20in forged wheels painted titanium grey with a mirror finish.

Some of the cars’ new technologies include a crosswind stabiliser, a torque vectoring braking system, active steering, and Mercedes’ adaptive brake system.

The 2010 Mercedes S63 AMG price for the short wheelbase version starts at €115,700 in Europe without tax while the long wheelbase models starts at €121,700. The 2010 S65 AMG meanwhile, starts at €185,900. U.S. pricing is yet to be released.

Since its market launch some three years ago, the S-Class made by AMG has been bought by more than 8,000 customers around the world – turning it into the undisputed market leader in the small yet highly exclusive high-performance luxury saloon segment.


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