The Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S is back on top as the fastest car in the executive category around the Nürburgring Nordschleife. The record setting 7:27.80 lap on the 12.9-mile famed circuit was achieved by AMG development engineer Demian Schaffert. Porsche’s Panamera Turbo S had recently taken the title from the GT 63 S when it lapped the track in 7:29.81 minutes, beating the AMG’s previous 7:30.11 time. The 2.01 second slower lap set by the Porsche is good enough for second place at the moment. The optional downforce-increasing AMG Aerodynamics Package and grippy Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires were in use during the record run. Besides the factory options, the brawny Benz was in complete factory trim when it completed its mission. Track conditions were not ideal, as the circuit had wet areas along with a surface temperature of 50 degrees Fahrenheit.
A 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 provides the GT 63 S with plenty of thrust. The powerplant produces 630 horsepower and 664 lb-ft of torque. Its quick-shifting 9-speed multi-clutch transmission spins all wheels and gives the hatchback plenty of grip for hard launches and cornering. Despite its 4,758 pound curb weight, the four-door can rocket to 60 mph in just 3.1 seconds. The Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S has a starting price of $162,195.