The W212 finally gets its AMG model shortly after its launch, the new E63 AMG, powered by a 6.2 litre V8 (not a 6.3 litre that its name hints at) producing 518 horsepower and 630Nm of torque. As you can expect from the numbers, it’s normally aspirated!

The fact that this car only has 11 more horsepower than the W211 shows that AMG has really backed out of the horsepower game, preferring to let Audi have the last laugh with the RS6’s 571bhp. Average fuel consumption has been cut by 12%, something that the new gearbox likely contributed to.

The V8 is mated to AMG’s new SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed auto form the SL63 AMG which is essentially the original 7-speed 7G-TRONIC-based SPEEDSHIFT but with the torque converter replaced with a multi-disc oiled start-up clutch. The transmission has automatic rev-matching and 4 shift modes – C, S, S+ and M. C stands for Controlled Efficiency (not Comfort), where it will shift smoothly and upshift as fast as possible to keep engine speeds low.

The W212 E63 AMG has what Mercedes-Benz calls AMG RIDE CONTROL, which uses electronically controolled dampers for the sports supesnsion. The front axle is new with a 56mm wider track, a tubular stabiliszer bar, new control arms, new wheel bearings and a new bushing geometry. It now uses steel springs while the rear uses AMG spec air springs.

AMG says steel springs are used at the front to ensure sensitive responses while the rear’s air springs with automatic levelling help keep the vehicle at a constant height, as with the E63 being a sedan it’s expected to be loaded up with a family and luggage too.

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Brakes are AMG 14.2 inch ventilated and cross-drilled brakes for all four wheels, with the front axle having a two-piece construction. The AMG wheels are 18 inch in size wrapped with 255/40R18 tyres at front and 285/35R18 at the rear. Optional are 19 inchers with 255/35R19 in front and 285/30R19 at the rear.

The steering ratio has been made quicker at 14:1 – 22% quicker to be exact compared to standard W212 models, plus the steering column itsef is more digid. The speed-sensitive servo also has AMG calibration. The ESP system is 3-stage, allowing an ESP SPORT middle-ground for a little more fun before ESP kicks in to save you. ESP can be turned completely off.