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Can the Mercedes AMG Tow a Travel Trailer or Camper?

Since the Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG lacks a rated towing capability, it’s safe to say that it wasn’t built to tow and that insisting on doing so might damage the vehicle’s powertrain or body.

Mercedes Benz S63 AMG Engine

Mercedes-Benz uses the M177 DE 40 AL for both the S63 AMG and the S63 AMG 4MATIC+, which is a high-performance V8 petrol engine with BorgWarner twin-turbochargers and direct injection fuel system. The M177 uses wet-sump lubrication. The M177 comes with an electrical 48V system that provides an additional boost to the engine. This system is dubbed the EQ Boost. The M177 produces 603 hp with a torque of 664 lb. ft.

Towing with the Mercedes Benz S63 AMG

Mercedes-Benz does not allow towing for any of its AMG models despite them being high-performance vehicles. Mercedes-Benz vehicles that support towing include features that assist in hauling, such as ESP trailer stabilization, appropriate engine cooling, and trailer coupling. As the AMG vehicles are not meant for towing, the features are removed from the cars. Even if you retrofit a tow bar to the S63 AMG, the lack of these features would hinder towing and may potentially be harmful to the driver or others.

As the AMG are high-performance vehicles, the hood contains a massive engine with a lack of cooling. Due to a large engine behind a relatively narrow grill at the front, the cooling system was assumed to be at its limit in a hot environment, and extra loads on the engine at slow forward speeds could result in overheating. During towing with the S63 AMG, the engine would face huge torque loads on the rear of the gearbox, prop shaft, differential, and final drives. This isn’t something you’d usually experience if you weren’t towing because the wheels would fall if the final drive’s torque levels soared.

Towing with the S63 AMG would place all the load-bearing components under stress leading to severe damage. This damage is not covered under the warranty of the vehicle. Therefore, it is best not to tow with a car that is not designed for towing.

The Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG is the version of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class modified for high performance by the AMG division of Mercedes-Benz and launched under the Mercedes-AMG sub-brand. The S63 AMG has been in production since the fourth generation of the S-Class since Mercedes-Benz. The S63 AMG for 2020 has not yet been announced, but it was available in two models for the 2019 model year: The rear-wheel-drive S63 AMG and the four-wheel-drive S63 AMG 4MATIC+.

Despite being a high-performance vehicle, the S63 AMG is incapable of towing, as stated by the manufacturers. As a result, the towing features and coupling are not included with the S63 AMG. Insisting on hauling with the S63 AMG could prove detrimental to both the vehicle and the driver. Towing with the S63 AMG should be avoided at all costs.