Not too long ago, Mercedes-Benz pulled the veil from the new-generation E-Class. Unfortunately, it wasn’t a full reveal, as there were no true AMG models shown off at that time. The wait for these high-performance variants is now over, as Mercedes has just released all the juicy details on the new-generation AMG E63 and AMG E63 S.
Of course, the new E63 models take on the updated styling cues of the fully reworked E-Class sedan, but they gain that special AMG touch. These touches include an inset hood, a new grille with silver-chrome twin louvers, black flics, a large front splitter, 10-spoke alloy wheels, and more.
Inside, there are sport seats wrapped in Nappa leather, aluminum trim, a flat-bottomed wheel, and more. The S model gains a Nappa leather coating on the instrument panel and beltline, a sport steering wheel with Crystal Grey 12 o’clock marking, and more.
The driving force behind these sedans is a shared turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 with AMG Cylinder Management, which deactivates four cylinders under light load to enhance fuel economy. In the E63, this engine cranks out 563 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque. As for the E63 S, its 4.0-liter V-8 delivers 603 horsepower and 627 pound-feet of torque.
Both engines pair with an AMG Speedshift MCT nine-speed transmission with a wet start-up clutch and the all-new AMG Performance 4MATIC+. Hitting 60 mph takes just 3.4 seconds in the base model and 3.3 seconds in the S version.
Thanks to its reworked AMG Sport Suspension, which is based on Mercedes’ Air Body Control system, and its tight suspension components, the E63 models should be quite the corner monsters. Drivers can choose from three suspension settings: Comfort, Sport, and Sport Plus.
Speaking of modes, the S model comes standard with a Drift Mode, which turns this from an all-wheel-drive rig to a rear-wheel-drive one, allowing the driver to get the tail loose in certain situations.
Another new addition to the E63 lineup is the AMG Track Pace app, which allows drivers to hone their driving skills and share their performance with other AMG drivers through social media.
The 2018 Mercedes-AMG E63 and E63 S will make their debut at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show. They will arrive in showrooms in the summer of 2017.