Sure, automotive performance technology has evolved exponentially in the past few years, but it is still an almost unbelievable feat if you think about it from a broader point of view, so that you can also incorporate cars that were considered blindingly fast just a few decades ago.
A major part of the current S 63 AMG 4Matic acceleration equation is represented by the hand-built, twin-turbocharged V8 underneath its sculpted aluminium hood, which develops no less than 585 hp and 900 Nm (664 lb ft) of torque.
The other bit consists of the AMG-tuned 4Matic all-wheel drive system which gives the model the grip that it needs to put the aforementioned numbers down.
On the other hand, the Mercedes-Benz S 63 AMG 4Matic is not a lonely soul in its segment, with Audi's quattro GmbH division also pitting the all-wheel driven S8 against it.
With a twin-turbocharged four-liter V8 that develops 520 hp and 650 Nm (479 lb ft) of torque at its disposal, the Audi S8 can officially hit 100 km/h (62 mph) from a standing start just 0.2 seconds later than the S 63 AMG 4Matic.
These are the official manufacturer numbers, but how do they stack up against each other in real life? Well, the following video might give some of you a clue, despite the fact that it only involves the cars' speedometers.