Mercedes’ experience with big, two-door, four-seat models is extensive. Large coupés were a feature of the ‘Ponton’ series of cars that emerged after World War 2 and for subsequent years in many other formats.
However, the S-Class coupé as a distinct modern breed is probably most conveniently traced to the W126 and the SEC variants that appeared at the end of the 1970s. They reappeared with the W140 but were then siphoned off into the CL badge midway through the 1990s.
The coupé and cabriolet are a little shorter and lower than the standard-wheelbase S-Class saloon, but their smaller dimensions should not be misinterpreted as a lack of presence. These are still a five-metre-long car with a longer wheelbase than a Ferrari FF’s.
Moreover, atop the king-size chassis, Mercedes has placed a quite striking body. The interplay of concave and convex surfaces is a familiar theme of the manufacturer’s current design language.
Here, the classic rear-drive grand tourer proportions of swooping roofline, high beltline and long bonnet underpin the S 63’s big-money elegance. There are also some minor aerodynamic embellishments to distinguish the car as an AMG product, but the truly meaningful additions lie beneath the glitz.