The order books for Merc's powered-up CLS 63 AMG S are now open in Australia, with the new Shooting Brake model also joining the local range.
For 2013, the CLS 63 AMG S follows in the footsteps of the E 63 S, adding a major power boost to the hero AMG model.
Like the E 63 AMG S, the new S model ties in the existing AMG Power Package to replace the 'regular' CLS 63 AMG offering, launched here in 2011.
That means the 5.5 litre V8 in the Australian CLS 63 AMG S is up from 386kW/700Nm to 430kW/800Nm, skipping the 410kW/720Nm update that hit the CLS 63 AMG in international markets earlier this year.
And, priced from $262,645 (plus on-roads) for the 'Coupé', the updated flagship AMG offering is now a few hundred dollars cheaper than the current model.
The Shooting Brake model is also new to Australia, priced from $265,145 (plus on-roads) and bringing the same mechanical package.
Mercedes promises a 0-100km/h time of 4.1 seconds for the four-door coupe, followed closely by the Shooting Brake at 4.2 seconds.
The electronically limited top speed in both variants is 250 km/h, however an optional driver’s package is available which increases the top speed to 300km/h.
Fuel consumption is listed at 10.0 l/100km and 10.3 l/100km respectively.
Standard features with both models include a host of AMG items, including 19-inch wheels, sports seats, sports exhaust, AMG body-kit, Thermotronic heating and air-con, and a Harman Kardon surround sound system.
Safety features include Distronic Plus, Active Blind Spot Assist, Active Lane Keeping Assist, Pre-Safe Brake, and Brake Assist BAS Plus.