Just almost a month ago, Mercedes-Benz unveiled the facelifted E-Class saloon and estate, followed by the coupe and cabriolet, all of which now features a more dynamic and aggressive face even in its standard form. Today, Mercedes has officially unveiled the AMG version of the facelifted E-Class. If the standard new face is already more aggressive, the AMG version is also even angrier-looking.
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 and driving dynamics and a broader scope of standard equipment and appointments.
Not enough with an angrier face, the guys at Affalterbach also have decided to pair it with an angrier engine. To recap a bit, the pre-facelift E63 AMG had 525HP from its twin-turbocharged 5.5L V8, which propelled it from 0-100 km/h in 4.5 seconds. However, there are customers who wanted more power, in which Mercedes-Benz obliged by offering the “Performance Package” which boosted the power to 557HP; this dropped the acceleration time by 0.3 seconds to just 4.2 seconds.
Despite added power and enhanced performance, all models 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.
For the updated 2013 E63 AMG, it gets the tweaked “Performance Package” setup as standard, now with 557HP and 720NM of torque. Acceleration is quoted at 4.2 seconds for 0-100 km/h with an electronically-limited top speed of 250 km/h. However, it’s not only the power and acceleration figures that are impressive for a near two-tonne super saloon/estate; a figure of just 230 g/km of Co2 certainly impresses too from a mighty twin-turbocharged eight-cylinder lump.
Alongside the standard rear-wheel drive E63 AMG saloon/estate, the 2013 model is also available with the performance-oriented 4MATIC all-wheel drive system. Perfect traction during acceleration effectively avoids slip-induced losses, and brings acceleration to another level. Despite the indication of an added 60kg of weight, it will actually sprint from 0-100 km/h in only 3.7 seconds (for the saloon; 3.8 seconds for the estate), quite simply astonishing considering that it’s only 0.2 seconds slower than the Audi R8 V10 Plus super car, and the E63 AMG 4MATIC estate is 0.1 second faster than the similarly-quick Audi RS6 estate.
If that is not quick enough, have your E63 AMG 4MATIC in the S-Model form, which tweaked the 5.5L V8 further to give out 585HP and 800NM of torque. With the combination of increased output and all-wheel drive, acceleration time drops to 3.6 seconds for the saloon and 3.7 seconds for the estate, while only coughing out 242 g/km of Co2 emissions (246 g/km for the estate). Looking at these figures, it certainly sets the 2013 E63 AMG as a “new benchmark in performance, dynamism and efficiency”. As an additional boon, 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.
“‘Driving Performance’ encapsulates the philosophy pursued at Mercedes-AMG,” explains Ola Källenius, Chairman of Mercedes-AMG GmbH. ” The new model variants of the E63 AMG and CLS63 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: the highest power and torque ratings in the segment, the new performance-oriented AMG 4MATIC all-wheel drive, the new design and substantially more standard equipment and appointments are the outstanding strengths of the new high-performance automobiles from Affalterbach. With the new all-wheel-drive S-Models we will reach new customers and markets.”
“With the exclusive S-Models, we have sharpened the dynamic profile of the E63 AMG and the CLS63 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. The newly developed, performance-oriented AMG 4MATIC all-wheel drive attains the best acceleration values in the segment, as well as offering our customers markedly higher driving dynamics than ever before.”
A bit of further technical elaboration, the performance-oriented E63 AMG 4MATIC has a rear-biased power distribution of 33%/67% (front axle/rear axle), providing signature AMG high driving dynamics and superlative driving enjoyment.The 3-stage ESP® has been tailored specifically to the permanent all-wheel drive system. For example, In “SPORT Handling” mode, the Torque Vectoring Brake performs selective braking intervention on individual wheels in the interests of high agility, thereby avoiding understeering when turning and cornering. In bends, specific brief braking of the inner rear wheel results in defined cornering of the vehicle.
The AMG 4MATIC all-wheel drive enhances driving safety and grip on wet or wintry road surfaces. 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.
Click on the other post to check out the updated version of CLS63 AMG