At $349,900 the GT63 S 4-Door is more than $100,000 costlier than the slower (but still outrageously fast) $239,611 E63 S; and about $25,000 less than the luxurious, larger rear-drive S63 L.
With a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 producing an innards-compressing 470kW and 900Nm, the all-wheel drive GT63 S is capable of 0-100km/h in just 3.2 seconds – super impressive for a car that weighs 2045kg.
The first GT63 S in Australia was revealed in pit-lane at Mount Panorama yesterday.
The GT63 S is loaded to the hilt with standard equipment such as air suspension, rear-wheel steering, 21-inch wheels, carbon-fibre roof and myriad other goodies.
Early deliveries of the GT63 S will also be available with a special Edition 1 treatment, including rear wing, stripes and unique colour/trim combinations.
The lesser-spec, lower power GT63 non-S will not be offered in Australia.
Meanwhile the German powerhouse has released pricing for its more junior 2019 Mercedes-AMG GT53. At $249,900 the GT53 is $100,000 cheaper than the V8 model, but still a rapid beast. With a mild hybrid 3.0-litre turbocharged inline-six producing 320kW and 520Nm, the all-wheel drive GT53 can hit 100km/h in 4.5 seconds.
2019 Mercedes-AMG GT53 4-Door price – $249,900
2019 Mercedes-AMG GT63 S 4-Door price – $349,900
*Manufacturer's list price; excludes on-road costs.
2019 Mercedes-AMG GT53 4-Door options – highlights
AMG Exterior Chrome Package, $2500: Front splitter and rear apron strip in chrome.
AMG Exterior Carbon-fibre Package, $9500: Front splitter, rear apron strip, side sills and other front trim in carbon-fibre.
AMG Night Package, $2500: Front splitter, mirrors, side sills, tailpipe surrounds, other exterior elements all in black.
Luxury Rear Package, $5300: Turns the car from a five seater to a four-seater with more features for rear passengers, including heated seats, touchscreens, USB ports, wireless charging and temperature-controlled cup holders.
Rear-axle steering, $4400: Enhances low-speed agility and high-speed stability by steering the rear wheels a few degrees.
Carbon-fibre fixed roof, $5900
Burmester 1450w stereo, $10,400: 5 speakers and 25 amplifiers. Only available if you get the glass sunroof.
AMG high-performance ceramic composite braking system, $17,900: Bigger 402mm front discs, 360mm rear. Carbon ceramic discs reduce unsprung weight, give greater resistance to heat during track work and have an incredibly long service life. Different brake calipers.
AMG Carbon-fibre Engine Cover, $2000
2019 Mercedes-AMG GT63 S 4-Door options – highlights
Edition 1, $5900: Makes a case for itself on value alone – includes Aerodynamics Package, special paint and unique decal pack.
AMG Aerodynamics Package, $7300: Bigger front splitter, front canards and fixed rear wing for an additional 30kg rear downforce at 300km/h – and, interestingly, all for less drag than without the package.
AMG Carbon Package II, $11,600: Basically the Aerodynamics Package but with a carbon-fibre fixed rear wing and carbon-fibre side mirrors.
Burmester 1450w stereo, $10,400
AMG high-performance ceramic composite braking system, $17,900: Same as available above for GT53.
AMG Carbon-fibre Engine Cover, $2000
*All pricing correct as of February 2019.
2019 Mercedes-AMG GT53 specifications
Engine: 2999cc inline-6, turbocharger, DOHC, 24v; electric motor
Drivetrain: nine-speed automatic, torque converter; all-wheel drive
Power: 320kW @ 6100rpm
Maximum electric motor boost: additional 16kW
Torque: 520Nm @ 1800-5800rpm
Maximum electric motor boost: additional 250Nm
0-100km/h: 4.5sec (claimed)
Top speed: 285km/h (claimed)
Fuel consumption: 9.4L/100km (claimed, combined)
2019 Mercedes-AMG GT63 S specifications
Engine: 3982cc V8, twin-turbocharged, DOHC, 32v
Drivetrain: nine-speed automatic, wet clutch; all-wheel drive
Power: 470kW @ 5500-6500rpm
Torque: 900Nm @ 2500-4500rpm
0-100km/h: 3.2sec (claimed)
Top speed: 315km/h (claimed)
Fuel consumption: 11.3L/100km (claimed, combined)