AMG's muscle sedans get a bit more handsome.
Not long after the reveal of the facelifted Mercedes-Benz E-Class and the more powerful E53 AMG model, the king of the E-Class lineup has arrived. Introducing the 2021 Mercedes-AMG E63 Sedan and Mercedes-AMG E63 Wagon. As with the lower E-Class models, the AMG models have been facelifted with new exterior styling, interior upgrades, and other general improvements.
The changes begin on the exterior with revised front and rear fascias and re-shaped headlights and taillights. Specific AMG touches include the Panamericana grille, flared wheel arches, functional air intakes, a wider track, available front splitter, and new 20-inch five-twin-spoke light-alloy wheels. We think the design looks a bit softer and more svelt than before without losing the signature AMG aggression.
Inside, the same improvements found on the non-AMG E-Class models are found here. These include a new MBUX infotainment system with two 12.3-inch screens and a new three-spoke AMG Performance steering wheel with haptic controls. The AMG seats are wrapped in exclusive Nappa leather and additional Nappa leather covers the dashboard and beltlines. An interior color option of Black/Titanium Grey with yellow contrast stitching is a new addition for 2021.
The US will only receive the E63 S model, which continues to be powered by a 4.0-liter bi-turbo V8 engine. It produces the 603 horsepower and 627 lb-ft of torque, which goes out to 4MATIC+ all-wheel-drive through a nine-speed automatic. There is no mild-hybrid system yet but the engine can shut down four-cylinders to save on fuel.
Mercedes says the E63 sedan takes just 3.3 seconds to hit 60 mph while the wagon takes 3.4 seconds. The sedan tops out at 186 mph while the wagon is slightly slower at 180 mph. By putting the car into Race Mode and turning off the ESP, the E63 can become a purely rear-wheel-drive vehicle for some good old fashioned smokey burnouts.
Mercedes says it has made major adjustments to the multi-chamber air suspension and adaptive adjustable damping, making the E63 more comfortable. This means the E63 should be an even more competent daily driver than before. No pricing has been announced for the two new AMG models, which are slated to arrive in dealerships in late 2020. Expect both to remain close to 2020 pricing which was set at $107,350 for the sedan and $111,750 for the wagon.