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Mercedes E63 AMG news - Hammer time - 2009

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Roll up into the
midst of that angry, baying mob coagulating in the City of London today in,
say, a BMW M6 or a Porsche Cayenne and you’d be dismembered faster and more
efficiently than a KFC chicken bound for the bargain bucket. 

But pitch up in the new E63 AMG - the monster new E-Class announced today by
Mercedes - and you might just escape unnoticed… despite the fact that it’s
packing 518bhp.
That’s a lot of power: 18bhp more than the BMW M5 and 11bhp more than the
previous-gen E63, thanks to a revised version of Merc’s monster 6.2-litre V8,
which now puts out the same power and torque (465lb ft, since you ask)
as the SL63 AMG.
Which means fastness, and plenty of it. The E63 will hit 62mph in 4.5 seconds -
0.2 quicker than the M5 - with top speed limited to 155mph.
Good news on the transmission front, too. The E’s old torque-converter auto ‘box
has been ditched in favour of the SL63’s quicker ‘Speedshift’ seven-speed unit,
which helps to improve the E63’s efficiency: with a combined figure of 22.4mpg,
economy is up by a mighty 12 per cent on the old E63, making it veritably
green. Hmmm.
AMG has gone to work on the E’s handling, of course: the track has been widened
by a full 56mm, there are new struts and control arms all round, and the front
and rear axles have more negative camber for, er, important technical reasons
that we don’t have time to go into right now.
Visually, well, it’s what we’ve come to expect from AMG: understated enough to
sneak through an angry crowd of eco-protesters, but plenty of hints for those
in the know. Check out the LED daytime running lights, big rear diffuser and
quad tailpipes. Eighteen-inch alloys are standard - though you’re looking at the
optional 19s here - while the front wings have been pushed out by 17mm and are
festooned in AMG badging.
We’ll see the E63 AMG in the UK this September. Though prices are yet to be
announced, expect to pay something in the £70,000 region.

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