Whereas everybody has been gushing over the styling of Mercedes’ new sedans, I’ve been yawning. Not as a result of I’m a fan of BMW (as a result of I like Mercedes, too) however as a result of they simply bore me. There’s nothing that intriguing or thrilling about Merc sedans and their rear ends appear to be melting. They only have a saggy-ass look to them that I don’t personally like. Mercedes coupes, however? Very horny, certainly. Particularly the S-Class Coupe, which is likely one of the prettier and classier grand tourers in the marketplace. It was all the time going to be a troublesome automotive for the upcoming BMW 8 Series to take care of. However now it’s gotten even higher.
For 2018 mannequin 12 months automobiles, Mercedes-Benz has given your entire S-Class Coupe vary a facelift. This makes it much more of a worthy adversary to the eight Collection when it lastly debuts. Extra importantly, the Mercedes-AMG S63 and S65 have additionally gotten that very same facelift. Together with that facelift comes some new powertrains and new tech. So the BMW M8 can have its fingers full.
On the entrance, the newly-facelifted S63 AMG will get the model’s new company grille, which appears slimmer and sportier. The “Panamericana” grille, which references the model’s 1952 highway racer, appears at house on the S63, much more so than the the AMG GT R on which it debuted. Out again, new OLED taillights make the rear finish appears sharper and fewer droopy. Inside, it will get the identical new options because the facelifted S-Class sedan, with the brand new steering wheel and gauge cluster. Although, the “all-white errthang” upholstery in these pics appears a bit too Vanilla Ice for my tastes. Nonetheless, in another shade scheme, it appears fairly very good.
We don’t totally know what the BMW M8 will seem like but, as we’ve solely seen spy images of it. Its general form and silhouette look superb however that’s about all we all know. So it’s going to should be significantly fairly to be higher trying than this new S63.
Underneath the hood of the AMG now lies the model’s four.zero liter twin-turbo V8. Gone is the previous 5.5 liter unit however downsizing hasn’t left it wanting for energy. The brand new four.zero liter V8 makes the identical 603 hp because the Mercedes-AMG E63 S. So it needs to be correctly fast. Additionally, the S63 ditches that historic seven-speed gearbox that Mercedes had been utilizing for too lengthy and was fairly unhealthy. As a replacement is a more recent nine-speed computerized that appears to work fairly nicely in all different Mercedes purposes.
Total, that is excellent news for BMW. Positive, it provides some heavy competitors for the Bavarians however the extra good automobiles in the marketplace, the higher. Competitors breeds excellence and this newly facelifted S63 ought to solely make BMW work tougher on the upcoming M8. So the actual winners listed here are us fanatics.