Updated Bentley Continental GT rival to receive styling tweaks and more power

A facelifted version of the Mercedes-AMG S 63 Coupé has been spotted testing in Germany. The test mule offers a glimpse of the styling tweaks we can expect when the refreshed Bentley Continental GT rival arrives in two years.

The most prominent styling revisions include an all-new main grille and a restyled front bumper, with a different lower grille that now features three vertical slats and smaller side intakes on the bumper.

This test mule’s grille is completely disguised, but our sources think it will feature a new design that incorporates Mercedes’ familiar vertical chrome bar and large badge.

Styling changes at the front are echoed at the rear, where a new bumper does away with the current car’s side intakes and the rear diffuser surround appears to have a smoother design.

Insiders predict a small increase in power for the facelifted model. Currently, the car’s twin-turbocharged V8 engine produces 576bhp and 663lb ft of torque. That's sufficient to take the super-coupé from standstill to 62mph in 4.2sec and onto a limited top speed of 155mph.

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Bentley is expected to launch an all-new Continental GT in 2018. That car looks set to gain the option of a 600bhp W12 engine, which suggests that Mercedes’ facelifted S 63 will have to raise its output towards this figure to stay competitive.

2016 Mercedes S-Class facelift spotted

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9 July 2016
Surely the W12 is the job of the 65?

9 July 2016
Twin Turbocharged V8, 578 bhp. Is that all. Pathetic.

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9 July 2016
Stop worrying about dieselgate when you see monsters like this .

Lanman

10 July 2016
Compared to the saloon this is badly designed. Where have the side windows gone? The view out must be very limited, especially in the back. I don't see the point of paying more for a version with fewer doors, less space, worse looks and poorer visibility.

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10 July 2016
At least the S coupe is a pillarless design. The C coupe doesnt even manage that and has a thick B pillar which impedes entry to the rear.

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