For a personalised experience: AMG DYNAMIC SELECT driving modes

Dec 3, 2017
Affalterbach

The four different AMG DYNAMIC SELECT drive programs "Comfort", "Sport", "Sport+" and "Individual" give drivers extensive influence over the new models' characteristics. Each drive program modifies key parameters such as the response of engine, transmission, suspension, steering, ESP® and all-wheel drive in the S 63 4MATIC+ Coupé and Cabriolet.

The S 63 4MATIC+ Coupé and Cabriolet also feature the "RACE" drive program, while the S 65 Coupé features the drive program "Curve".

Independently of the DYNAMIC SELECT drive programs, the driver has the option of pressing the "M" button to switch directly to manual mode, in which gearshifts are executed exclusively using the shift paddles on the steering wheel. The suspension set-ups can also be selected if desired. The 3-stage ESP® and the exhaust gas flap can also be controlled using an AMG-specific button.

"Comfort" is the well-balanced drive program with a comfort-oriented suspension and steering set-up. It also offers a consumption-oriented powertrain configuration and early upshifts – with smooth gear changes and a discreet engine sound. Cylinder deactivation in the S 63 4MATIC+ Coupé, the ECO start/stop function and Glide mode are active: when the driver releases the accelerator in a speed range between 60 and 160 km/h, the clutch of the MCT transmission opens and the engine is decoupled from the powertrain. The electronics lower the engine speed to idle and driving resistance is reduced by the compression and friction forces of the engine on overrun.

The DYNAMIC SELECT driving modes "Sport" and "Sport+" are designed for high driving dynamics. This results from an agile accelerator pedal characteristic with direct set-up and emotional gear shifting with reduced shift times. There is also a double-declutching function when downshifting. The increased idle speed in "Sport+" furthermore makes particularly fast start-offs and even better acceleration from standstill possible.

"RACE" is the program for highly dynamic driving on closed race circuits in which all the parameters are configured for maximum performance.

The "Curve" drive program in the S 65 Coupé is active in a speed range between 15 km/h and 180 km/h. A curve-tilting function is integrated into the MAGIC BODY CONTROL suspension for this purpose. As a result, the vehicle tilts to the inside of the turn by up to 2.65 degrees, similar to a motorcycle rider. This reduces the perceived lateral forces and increases the ride quality.

RACE START now even easier

The S 63 4MATIC+ Coupé and Cabriolet (left-hand drive) and the S 63 Coupé and Cabriolet (right-hand drive) now have the RACE START function as well. It features a new, significantly simpler control logic: In the "Sport" or "Sport+" driving modes, the driver only has to press hard on the brake pedal with his left foot while mashing the accelerator pedal with his right foot at the same time.

The on-board electronics now set the optimum engine speed for a fast start. Depending on the requirements or the road surface conditions, the engine speed can be increased or lowered in a certain range by operating the paddle shifters. If the driver now releases the brake pedal, the vehicle accelerates with optimal traction. The Coupé and Cabriolet can then complete the sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.5 seconds.

Pure sound: the controllable AMG Performance exhaust system

The S 63 4MATIC+ Coupé and Cabriolet are fitted as standard with the controllable AMG Performance exhaust system, to ensure an even more emotionally appealing sound experience. The infinitely adjustable flaps modulate the exhaust note authentically and directly. The flaps open or close dependent on the selected AMG DYNAMIC SELECT driving mode, but can also be controlled individually with a separate button in the AMG DRIVE UNIT on the centre console. In the "Comfort" and "Sport" modes, the low-frequency sound typical of a V-8 emphasises comfort. In "Sport+" it is of a much more emotionally appealing nature.

Systematic lightweight design: AMG Lightweight Performance

The stringent implementation of the AMG Lightweight Performance strategy also contributes to the high driving dynamics and low fuel consumption. The lightweight construction measures include the use of a lithium-ion starter battery, AMG forged light-alloy wheels and the weight-optimised AMG high-performance composite brake system.

A host of options available

Anyone looking to give their S 63 4MATIC+ or S 65 an even more individual feel, can order a host of options. The exterior can be tailored to personal preferences with the Night Package, attractive alternative wheels and a Carbon package. In the interior, the black nappa leather or DINAMICA microfibre Performance steering wheel enhances the sporty character. Carbon-fibre/black piano lacquer trim parts round off the range of possibilities.

AMG Track Pace

Motor racing enthusiasts can record a range of vehicle data and lap times on the race track with AMG Track Pace in the new AMG S-Class Coupés and Cabriolets. All values are shown on the media display, and in the Widescreen Cockpit the current times can also be read off in the instrument cluster. Based on the data, drivers are able to analyse their driving style with precision and can use the insights gained to improve their lap times.

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