The latest AMG performance model builds on the new E-Class with 557 horsepower, upgradable to 585 hp, with available all-wheel drive in sedan or wagon body-styles.
It's going to be all about the E-Class over at the Mercedes-Benz pavilion in Detroit this year. Not only has Daimler released the newly updated versions of the E-Class sedan, wagon, coupe and convertible all for the same show, but it has now revealed the new E63 AMG performance sedan as well. Teased in a family portrait the other day, the E63 has now been released in full. And in typical AMG style, it looks poised to raise the bar on performance once again, adopting new E's enhancements and improving on its predecessor.
As with any performance sedan (or wagon, as Benz has revealed both) the E63 is all engine. The 5.5-liter twin-turbo V8 (which replaced the naturally-aspirated 6.2) carries over from the outgoing model, but has been upgraded from 518 horsepower to 557. That's enough to rocket the E63 from 0-62 in 4.2 seconds. But that's not the end of the story. For the first time, the E63 is being offered with 4Matic all-wheel drive, specially tuned by AMG to handle all that power, optional on the sedan and standard on the wagon. Despite the extra weight, the added traction helps get all 557 horses and 531 lb-ft of torque to the tarmac for a 3.7-second 0-62 time (3.8 for the wagon).
Still not fast enough? AMG is also introducing a new super-performance version called the S-Model. Essentially replacing the AMG Performance package on the previous model, the new E63 AMG 4Matic S-Model (also available in sedan or wagon versions) gets an extra 28 hp. With 585 horses and 590 lb-ft of torque, the top-spec E sprints to 62 in 3.6 seconds (3.7 for the wagon). Top speed, regardless of traction or engine specification, remains limited to 155 mph. All these specs were announced for the German version, but the North American model should mirror the same numbers, although the US availability of the Estate wagon version remains in doubt.
Power is transmitted to the road in either rear- or all-wheel-drive models through the AMG SpeedShift MCT 7-speed automatic transmission in four modes - C for Controlled Efficiency with stop/start ignition, S for Sport, S+ for Sport Plus and M for Manual. The AMG 4Matic system, when so equipped, splits the torque 33% to the front wheels and 67 to the rear, with Torque Vectoring Brake system to individually brake each wheel on the fly according to road conditions. THE AMG Ride Control suspension also adapts the damping electronically, and the S-Model packs a locking rear differential as well.
The track between the 18-inch wheels at the front (19 at the rear) is also wider, and the S-Model gets special alloys with matte titanium finish for the 10 spokes and a polished rim. Behind those wheels are 360mm ventilated and drilled brake discs with silver brake calipers (six pistons front, four rear) or red calipers on the S-Model. Even beefier 402mm carbon-ceramic brakes are available as an option as well. Visually, the new E63 AMG is differentiated from the standard E-Class with a twin-blade grille and A-wing front bumper. Four tailpipes protrude from the rear that also features a black diffuser insert and, on the sedan, a spoiler as well.
Inside, the cabin is distinguished by AMG-specific sports seats and grey stitching contrasting with the black leather, along with silver seat belts, a Nappa leather and Alcantara sports steering wheel (flattened top and bottom, F1-style), Bang & Olufsen sound system and special door sills and brushed steel pedals. Buyers can also specify from a range of trim packages, including carbon fiber or gloss black aero bits and more. All of this adds up to one compelling performance sedan that packs supercar performance into a four-door (or wagon) form. Mercedes has also upgraded the CLS63 AMG to similar specifications, so watch this space for those details as well.