My AMG, what big horsepower figures you have.
We know that working at AMG is basically like being a rock star at Mercedes. Not only do many of the smash hits come from the in-house tuner, but the entire AMG team has a free pass from Mercedes to import drugs and put hookers on the company tab. Okay so we’re not sure about that last part, but given the potentially self-destructive insanity that has been coming out of AMG’s front doors lately, we can be sure that every worker in the division likes to live life like there’s no tomorrow.
Now, a dealer who is apparently concerned for the health and safety of the AMG team has leaked a brochure detailing the eye-opening power output that will come standard in the next-gen E63 AMG and AMG S. Both cars will feature the same 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged M177 engine that the C63 AMG gets, only when it’s placed inside the E-Class, it will make 563 horsepower and 553 lb-ft of torque. Hold on for the E63 AMG S though, because that will get a mind-boggling 604 horsepower and 627 lb-ft of torque. Furthering the lunacy is the new 9-speed gearbox that will replace the current E63 AMG’s 7-speed dual clutch box.
This mountain of power is a signal that despite the fact that automakers continue to cry out that their engines have to get smaller to meet emissions standards, the horsepower wars continue unabated. This new Merc will join the 600+ horsepower club currently inhabited by the 640-hp Cadillac CTS-V. BMW and Audi will soon join with the upcoming M5 and RS7 Performance models. While engineers of these super sedans retire the practice of taking measuring tape into the urinals in favor of killing dynamometers, we can only hope that they don’t forget to make all of this horsepower count for something by keeping driving dynamics crisp and always in favor of the person sitting behind the wheel.