Suspension: Specially developed suspension for maximum lateral and longitudinal dynamics

Dec 3, 2017
Affalterbach

The S 63 4MATIC+ Coupé and Cabriolet and the S 65 Cabriolet are fitted with AMG RIDE CONTROL+ suspension with adaptive adjustable damping. Customers can preset the damping to "Comfort", "Sport" and "Sport Plus" ‑ from relaxed long-distance comfort to dynamic sportiness. Rebound and compression are set independently of each other, which optimises the adaptation to the driving status and the quality of the road. The freely programmable mapping furthermore allows a wide spread between minimum and maximum damper forces. The difference between the comfortable and sporty suspension setting is thus more refined and is subjectively even more perceptible – depending on the particular driving situation.

The specific front axle kinematics, including a higher wheel camber, bigger stabiliser bar and more rigid subframe mount at the rear axle are another new feature. These measures optimise the agility of the S 63 4MATIC+ Coupé and Cabriolet when a dynamic driving style is employed.

S 65 Coupé: AMG ACTIVE RIDE CONTROL with curve-tilting function

The S 65 Coupé's exclusive AMG ACTIVE RIDE CONTROL suspension prepares for bumps in the carriageway ahead before the vehicle drives over them. To do so, AMG ACTIVE RIDE CONTROL combines active suspension springing with continuously adjustable damping. The system precisely scans the condition of the road ahead with the help of a stereo camera to optimally adjust the damping of each individual wheel to the upcoming bumps ahead of time.

The standard curve-tilting function causes the body of the vehicle to tilt to the inside of a turn by up to 2.65 degrees. This significantly reduces the perceived lateral forces and enhances ride comfort, particularly on secondary roads.

Depending on the driving mode, the springing behaviour can be set to comfortable or sporty to suit personal preferences and/or the curve-tilting function can be activated. The active suspension effectively compensates body roll, squat and dive when moving off the line, on bends and when braking. The continuously adjustable dampers allow comfortable basic damping and a speed-dependent, firm setting.

The ride height of the vehicle can be raised by 40 mm to increase the ground clearance. At high speeds, it is lowered by up to 15 mm, reducing drag and increasing driving stability.

Direct and with clear feedback: the AMG speed-sensitive steering

The electromechanical speed-sensitive steering in the new AMG S-Class models has a variable steering ratio. It stands out thanks to the AMG-specific rack-and-pinion ratio with its precise, highly authentic feedback. Power assist varies between the stages "Comfort“ , "Sport“ and "Sport+“. The relevant characteristics are automatically activated depending on the selected DYNAMIC SELECT driving mode or can be personalised in "Individual" mode. At low speeds, the driver only needs to provide minimal steering input. Straight-ahead stability is particularly high at high speed. The clearly defined steering centre and the authentic feedback likewise contribute to the optimum steering feel.

Good control and fade-resistant: the AMG high-performance compound braking system

The large high-performance composite brake system decelerates the Performance Cabriolet and Coupé reliably and quickly and is fade-resistant even under high loads. The new models are fitted with 390 x 36 mm composite brake discs with 6-piston aluminium fixed callipers at the front axle and 360 x 24 mm discs with single-piston floating brake callipers at the rear axle.

The AMG ceramic high-performance compound braking system is optionally available. Its low weight reduces the unsprung masses, thus improving driving dynamics, ride comfort and agility. Furthermore, the ceramic brake is distinguished by a longer service life, higher corrosion resistance and higher thermal stability. It features brake discs of size 420 x 40 mm at the front and 360 x 32 mm at the rear. It can be identified visually by the "AMG Carbon Ceramic" lettering on the specially painted brake callipers.

The 3-level ESP® doesn't just provide safety, it makes driving fun:

  • ESP® ON: for a high level of safety by adaptation to the sporty character of the car
  • ESP® Sport Handling Mode: allows wider yaw angles before system intervention for a sporty driving style
  • ESP® OFF: system deactivated for a sporty driving style on closed circuits.
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