Mercedes-Benz has revealed the new E63 AMG saloon and estate ahead of its public debut next week at the Detroit Auto Show.
The updated E63 AMG features a more aggressive front with new headlamps, new grille, new bumper with larger air intakes and a central splitter. The rear features a new bumper, a new diffuser and quad trapezoidal tailpipes.
Under the bonnet is the updated 549bhp 5.5-litre twin-turbo V8 with 720Nm of torque, enabling the saloon to reach 0-62mph in 4.2 seconds.
Left-hand drive markets also get the optional 4MATIC four-wheel drive system, enabling the new E63 AMG 4MATIC variant reach 0-62mph in 3.7 seconds for the saloon and 3.8 seconds for the estate variant.
A new addition to the E-Class AMG range is E63 AMG S-Model for both body styles, featuring a 577bhp engine and a rear differential lock. 0-62mph comes in 3.6 seconds for the saloon and 3.7 seconds for the estate.
Top speed on all models is electronically limited to 155 mph and power is exclusively sent to the rear via AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed sports transmission.
The new E 63 AMG with rear-wheel drive will arrive at dealerships in April 2013, while the E 63 AMG S-Model will follow in June.
Affalterbach – Mercedes-AMG continues to champion performance, dynamism and efficiency: the new E 63 AMG is now available as a particularly powerful S-Model with an output of 585 hp and 800 Nm of torque. The AMG 5.5-litre V8 biturbo engine continues to be the absolute pinnacle of efficiency: the combination of high performance and low fuel consumption remains unrivalled by any other competitor in the segment worldwide.
The launch of the new, customised model variants will offer Mercedes-AMG customers greater scope for individuality than ever before. The new E 63 AMG presents a more powerful character and a more dynamic appearance than all its predecessors: the new AMG design philosophy is immediately apparent at first glance, with the new “twin blade” radiator grille and the new “A-wing” in the AMG front apron defining the exclusive look.As previously, the top AMG model is available as a Saloon and Estate. The E 63 AMG’s appeal is also boosted by substantially enhanced value for money: customers now receive more performance, improved driving dynamics and a broader scope of standard equipment and appointments.
“‘Driving Performance’ encapsulates the philosophy pursued at Mercedes-AMG,” explains Ola Källenius, Chairman of Mercedes-AMG GmbH. The new model variants of the E 63 AMG and CLS 63 AMG clearly demonstrate how we are now offering our customers even more individuality. The S-Models in particular represent the most attractive proposition in the segment, boasting substantially enhanced value for money and the highest power and torque ratings in the segment.”
“With the exclusive S-Models, we have sharpened the dynamic profile of the E 63 AMG and the CLS 63 AMG substantially,” adds Tobias Moers, head of overall vehicle development and member of the management board of Mercedes-AMG GmbH. “These high power and torque ratings are exclusive to AMG. Our AMG 5.5-litre V8 engine remains the most efficient series production V8 engine in the world.”
Overview of models:
E 63 AMG
Saloon E 63 AMG
Displacement 5461 cc 5461 cc
Output 557 hp at 5500 rpm 585 hp at 5500 rpm
Max. torque 720 Nm at 1750-5250 rpm 800 Nm at 1750-5000 rpm
NEDC combined 28.8 mpg 27.4 (26.9) mpg
CO2 emissions 230 g/km 242 (246) g/km
Acceleration 0 – 62 mph 4.2 s 3.6 (3.7) s
Top speed 155 mph* 155 mph*
* electronically limited; values for E 63 AMG Estate in brackets
Acceleration to 62 mph from a standing start in 3.6 seconds provides the E 63 AMG S-Model with a comfortable lead over the entire competition; the top speed stands at 155 mph (electronically limited).
On the new S-Model the AMG 5.5-litre V8 biturbo engine generates a maximum output of 585 hp and maximum torque of 800 Nm – representing an increase of 28 hp over the AMG Performance package which was previously available as an option. This enhanced performance and power results from adaptation of the engine application, an increase in peak pressure and a rise in the charge pressure from 0.9 to 1.0 bar. At 557 hp and 720 Nm, the basic model also boasts an increase of 32 hp and 20 Nm over its predecessor.
Despite added power and enhanced performance, all models of the E 63 AMG offer high efficiency, low fuel consumption and low exhaust emissions. The AMG 5.5-litre V8 biturbo engine remains the most efficient series production V8 engine around – with substantially more cubic capacity than its direct competitors. The E 63 AMG rated at 557 hp with rear-wheel drive runs on 28.8 mpg in accordance with NEDC (230 grams of CO2). As an additional gain, following the implementation of internal engine measures, all E 63 AMGs meet the requirements of the stringent Euro 6 emissions standard which will not enter into force until 2015.
AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed sports transmission for personal set-up
Maximum individuality and customised dynamics – these are the special strengths of the AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed sports transmission. The four modes – “C” (Controlled Efficiency), “S” (Sport), “S+” (Sport plus) and “M” (Manual) – offer the driver a personal set-up. In “C” mode, the ECO start/stop function is active and switches off the eight-cylinder engine when the vehicle is at a standstill. In addition, the transmission characteristics are tangibly soft, with smooth and early gear changes. Second gear is generally used as the starting gear in this mode.
The engine and transmission are far more agile in “S”, “S+” and “M” mode; in addition, the ECO start/stop function is deactivated. Partial suppression of the cylinders proves perfect for an emphatic driving style: briefly and precisely interrupting ignition and injection under full load leads to even faster gearshifts with a more emotional sound than before. An automatic double-declutching function for downshifting and the RACE START function are also included as standard with the AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed sports transmission.
E 63 AMG S-Model with differential lock on the rear axle
The E 63 AMG S-Model sees Mercedes-AMG going one step further. True to the “Driving Performance” philosophy, the most powerful E-Class is additionally fitted with a differential lock on the rear axle. This high-tech package results in a further increase in traction, ultimately leading to even greater driving dynamics and enhanced driving enjoyment, especially on the race track.
All E 63 AMG models feature the AMG RIDE CONTROL sports suspension with electronically controlled damping system.The front axle employs a steel-spring suspension system, while the rear axle is fitted with a fully load-bearing air suspension system. Pressing the button marked with a shock absorber in the AMG DRIVE UNIT is sufficient to switch the electronics from “Comfort” to “Sport” or “Sport plus”. The three-link front suspension has undergone further optimisation for the S-Model. In conjunction with the newly developed axle components produced in aluminium, these optimisation measures result in markedly enhanced grip and agility combined with a high level of neutrality during fast cornering. The more performance-oriented set-up is exclusive to the S-Model, and offers the driver maximum neutrality and even better feedback and grip at the critical limits. With rear-wheel drive, the E 63 AMG’s 48 mm wider track at the front offers substantially greater stability at high cornering speeds and improved road feel. Increased negative camber on both axles additionally boosts lateral dynamics.
Electromechanical AMG speed-sensitive steering complements the vehicle’s set-up to perfection, the direct steering ratio of 14 : 1 providing for extremely agile handling in bends in conjunction with the variable servo assistance geared to the given suspension mode.
Optional AMG ceramic high-performance compound brake system
The E 63 AMG is equipped with an extremely effective AMG high-performance braking system befitting its status as an AMG automobile. The front and rear axles sport ventilated and perforated brake disks in ample 360 millimetre format. The disks, which are subject to particularly high levels of stress and strain on the front axle, feature composite braking technology which has been tried and tested in the field of motor sport. Calipers in a silver-painted finish with white AMG lettering and incorporating six pistons (front) and four pistons (rear) provide for spontaneous, fading-resistant deceleration and the shortest stopping distances. Calipers in a red-painted finish distinguish the S-Model.
An AMG ceramic high-performance composite braking system is exclusively available for the S-Model as an optional feature – recognisable by the even larger 402 millimetre brake disks and the “AMG Carbon Ceramic” logo on calipers sporting a special paint finish. This ceramic system is around 40 percent lighter, providing for reduced unsprung masses and enhanced driving dynamics, agility and ride comfort. The superior hardness of the ceramic brake disks leads to a longer service life and greater resistance to extreme stress and heat.
Distinctive design creating an even more dynamic and exclusive aura
The dynamism and performance stemming from the advanced technology of the new E 63 AMG are also transported by the design as defining attributes of the vehicle. The AMG high-performance derivative sets new design trends in the process. The E 63 AMG is the first AMG model to present the new AMG design philosophy. Predominant elements are the AMG “twin blade” radiator grille in silver chrome and the so-called “A-wing”. The new, three-dimensional air deflector spans the entire width of the AMG front apron, presenting the stylised “A” which is a hallmark of AMG vehicles. The “A-wing” painted in the car’s exterior colour with a trim strip in silver chrome provides the backdrop for three large cooling air intake openings. On the side air intakes, black flics optimise the flow of air into the cooling modules, while at the bottom a front splitter painted in the car’s exterior colour helps to reduce lift. Convex and concave surfaces dynamically combine the new front end of the E 63 AMG featuring a sculptural design with the distinctive flared wings on which “V8 BITURBO” lettering alludes to the superior engine power on board.
The striking air outlet openings at the sides, the black grille and the two sets of twin chrome tailpipes belonging to the AMG sports exhaust system provide an impression of width at the rear. The black diffusor insert with pronounced fins lends the E 63 AMG a powerful touch of race track atmosphere at the rear.
S-Model with even more striking design features
Numerous newly designed, even more striking design features set the E 63 AMG S-Model apart from the basic model. The “A-wing” at the front cuts a fine figure in high-gloss black, for example. The front splitter is finished in silver chrome, as are the striking three-dimensional inserts in the side sill panels. The rear end presents a powerful impression by virtue of the trim strip in silver chrome, in conjunction with the two sets of distinctive twin chrome tailpipes belonging to the AMG sports exhaust system.The AMG spoiler lip (on the Saloon only) painted in the car’s exterior colour reduces lift at high speeds.
Dynamic, exclusive atmosphere inside
When the customer so desires, the interior of the E 63 AMG S-Model features grey contrasting stitching on the AMG sports seats, the door centre panels, the door armrests and the centre console. Silver seat belts are also fitted in conjunction with a black interior. The rim of the AMG Performance steering wheel in black nappa leather is flattened at the top and bottom and boasts grip areas in Alcantara®and contrasting grey stitching. The front head restraints of the AMG sports seats incorporate exclusive embossed AMG emblems. The new AMG instrument cluster features an “S AMG” logo on the 200 mph speedometer and red markings. The standard scope of equipment and appointments also includes AMG door sill panels with white LED illumination, an electrically operated rear roller blind (Saloon only) and the anti-theft protection package.
Superior-quality materials, excellent workmanship and an exclusive atmosphere are common to all E 63 AMG models. The new AMG-specific analogue clock in IWC design is an attractive eye-catcher between the two central air vents.
Bang & Olufsen BeoSound AMG high-end surround sound system
A very special highlight among the optional equipment and appointments for the E-Class Saloon and Estate is the Bang & Olufsen BeoSound AMG high-end surround sound system, developed by Mercedes-Benz and Mercedes-AMG together with renowned Danish audio specialist Bang & Olufsen. The sound system also offers playback in Dolby Digital 5.1 quality and enables an exclusive audio experience of the very highest standard. This performance is made possible by a 1,200 W amplifier and 14 high-end loudspeakers with neodymium magnets in conjunction with precision distribution of the audio signals by the sound processor. This integrated digital sound processor (DSP) enables the driver to select a special B&O sound menu via COMAND. Front, central or rear sound setups can be selected in True Image™ mode, resulting in an authentic audio experience in the selected listening position. Various sound modes are additionally stored in the “Sound Mode” menu, enabling selection between a “Reference” high-end studio sound and a surround option. While “Reference” focuses on an authentic, unadulterated rendering of the artist’s performance, the special surround sound mode is particularly ideal for live or concert music, creating a unique panoramic sound in the vehicle without compromising the natural character of the recording.
The illuminated 50 W tweeters featuring Acoustic Lens Technology in the mirror triangles add special highlights. High-quality Bang & Olufsen aluminium loudspeaker covers in “silver chrome” bearing the Bang & Olufsen logo additionally allude to the exclusive character of the Bang & Olufsen BeoSound AMG high-end surround sound system.
The market launch of the new E 63 AMG with rear-wheel drive will begin in April 2013, with the E 63 AMG S-Model following in June.