It’s one E-class facelift debut after another – hot on the heels of the E-Class sedan, touring, coupe and cabriolet models that have just been unveiled in the past few weeks is the new facelifted Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG, which comes with both appearance and technical updates.
The regular E63 AMG makes 557 horsepower and 720Nm of torque, and can be had either in rear wheel drive or AMG 4MATIC. AMG 4MATIC helps reduce 0-100km/h acceleration time from 4.2 seconds down to 3.7 seconds for the sedan model. NEDC combined fuel consumption is 9.7l/100km for the rear wheel drive car and 10.3l/100km for the 4MATIC sedan, or 10.5l/100km for the 4MATIC Estate.
There’s something new in this edition of the AMG E-Class – a more powerful ‘S-Model’ version that has an AMG 5.5 litre twin-turbo V8 doing 585 horsepower and 800Nm of torque from 1,750-5,000rpm. To help get all that power down to the wheels, it has AMG 4MATIC as standard. It also adds a differential lock on the rear axle for better traction. 0 to 100km/h takes 3.6 seconds for the sedan and 3.7 seconds for the Estate. NEDC combined fuel consumption is 10.3l/100km for the sedan and 10.5l/100km for the Estate.
AMG’s 4MATIC distributes engine torque at a ratio of 33 to 67, front to rear. Optimum traction is guaranteed by a multi-disk clutch with a locking effect of 50 Newton metres which exploits the frictional connection potential of all four wheels to the full on snow and ice in particular. The compact and weight-optimised design results in a comparatively low level of additional weight for the all-wheel-drive system of only 70 kilograms.
Power goes to the wheels via an AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed automatic transmission. It’s essentially an automatic transmission that has had its torque converter replaced with a multi-pack clutch. Four modes are available – “C” (Controlled Efficiency), “S” (Sport), “S+” (Sport plus) and “M” (Manual).
In C mode, the ECO start/stop function is active and switches off the eight-cylinder engine when the vehicle is at a standstill. For smoothness, second gear is generally used as the starting gear in this mode. S, S+ and M are naturally spoertier, and ECO start/stop is disabled. An automatic double-declutching function for downshifting and the RACE START function are also included as standard.
All models get AMG RIDE CONTROL, an electronically controlled damper 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 will switch the electronics from “Comfort” to “Sport” or “Sport plus”. Rear track is 48mm wider than non-AMG E-Class models.
The E 63 AMG is fitted as standard with 10-spoke AMG light-alloy wheels painted in titanium grey and featuring a high-sheen finish. Tyres in size 255/40 R 18 are fitted to 9.0 x 18 wheels at the front, while the 9.5 x 18 rear wheels have 285/35 R 18 tyres. The all-wheel-drive and S-Model come with tyres in size 255/35 R 19 (front) and 285/30 R 19 (rear) on AMG light-alloy wheels in size 9.0 x 19 and 9.5 x 19. Only the high-performance S-Model features 10-spoke light-alloy wheels painted in matt titanium grey with a high-sheen rim flange.
The standard brakes are an AMG high-performance braking system consisting of ventilated and perforated brake disks in ample 360 millimetre format on both the front and rear axles. Callipers 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. Callipers in a red painted finish distinguish the S-Model.
Optional only on the S-Model is an AMG ceramic high-performance composite braking system. The brake discs are increased to 402mm and the calipers have am “AMG Carbon Ceramic” logo. The ceramic system is around 40 percent lighter, providing for reduced unsprung masses and enhanced driving dynamics.
The new E 63 AMG with rear-wheel drive will be launched in April 2013, with the all-wheel-drive E 63 AMG and the E 63 AMG S-Model following in June 2013.
Look after the jump for a full gallery of the new E 63 AMG.