The 2014 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG is the marque's flagship, the vehicle that every other car aspires to be. Its exterior lines have been given an elegant smoothing-over in the face of the previous generation's explicit flared-fender aggression. But, as we learned with the 2014 Porsche Cayman S, the devil's in the details, and there are plenty of interesting little bits scattered around the S63 AMG.

The S63's exterior needs to be classy (it's not a toy like the Cayman was), so there aren't too many stand-out details – except for the headlights. Nowadays, with LED strips thinner than the kale your weird hippie coworker eats, headlight design can incorporate all manner of interesting shapes and angles. The S63's lights are pretty restrained in that regard, save for the big ol' LED eyebrows just above the projectors. However, if you look closer, you'll see that Mercedes felt the need to inscribe the name of its lighting system inside the headlamp (along with its own name, natch).

The first thing you'll notice in the S63's interior is its dashboard. If you opt for the full Nappa-leather interior, your dashboard will come completely wrapped in diamond-perforated leather. Not only does it look bad ass, but … okay, there's no actual, legitimate functionality to come from this, it just looks cool.

If you buy an S63, you need need need to spring for the upgraded Burmester 3D premium audio system. Not only is it the best aural experience you can have in a car (Hugh Grant might beg to differ), but the speaker shrouds themselves are miniature works of art. From the standard door speakers, to the massive one in-between the two panoramic sunroofs, to the three-dimensional tweeters on the A-pillars, it's almost as nice to look at as it is to listen to.

For its new generation of cars, Mercedes has seen fit to revamp the controls for its COMAND infotainment system. Now, you have a cute little wrist-rest, under which lies the scroll wheel, all of which is flanked by a bevy of buttons. The best part of it, though, is hidden away; flip back the cover of the wrist-rest, and you'll find the telephony buttons.

Honestly, it wouldn't be a proper Mercedes-Benz without a full telephone keypad.

Apparently, S-Class owners don't always need a Big Gulp of Code Red at the ready. Therefore, Mercedes found a way to make the cupholder space useful in other ways. A simple touch of the panel ahead of the front cupholders will release a lid that turns the pair of cupholders into a single tray. BMW tried to do this, as well, but it included a separate piece that went over the cupholders. And, as we all know, separate pieces are for the middle class.

If you thought the rear-seat cupholders wouldn't be as intricate as the front ones, you thought wrong. The rear cupholders are actually twice as cool as the front ones; in order to delete the cupholder, all you need to do is touch a single button and the floor of the cupholder will raise up, giving you yet another flat surface to utilize.

Rear-seat passengers that aren't too busy being mesmerized by the cupholders (or too high) will notice the ludicrous number of buttons available on each rear door. So long as you've ticked the right option boxes, not only are the rear seats adjustable and capable of being stored to memory, but they are also heated and ventilated.

Of course, if you're being chauffeured around in this car, you'll want to be able to control everything in the back from your specific seat. That's why each door panel comes with four window switches. The top two control the rear windows and their power sunshades. The bottom two buttons control the cover for the rear sunroof and the power rear sunshade. Because who should have to ask the driver (or Dad, or Mom) to raise and lower the sunshade?

Finally, just like the Cayman, there are an inappropriate number of ashtrays in the S63 AMG. There's a giant ashtray that pops out just above the cupholders, but the ashtray itself doesn't seem removable, which would make cleaning it a real pain in the ass. Thankfully, the smoking situation is a little better in the back seat, as Mercedes included a portable ashtray that will fit in either the cupholders or a small recess in the door panel. Do the Germans really smoke that much? Haven't they read the news in the last 50 years?

Republished (and slightly tweaked) with permission from Or maybe it wasn't with permission. I don't know; I just do shit until they yell at me.