Refreshed Mercedes E63 AMG unveiled
Thursday 10 January 2013
• More power and torque from its 5.5-litre turbocharged V8
• S-Model available from June
• Sold in both saloon and estate bodystyles
Full details of the revised Mercedes E63 AMG have been revealed. The car will come in both saloon and estate forms and will be available with the S-Model pack which brings with it more power and torque.
This will put the E63 AMG on a par with, or ahead of, the BMW M5, Audi RS6 and the Jaguar XFR-S in the power stakes when it goes on sale in April (with the S-Model arriving in June) this year. Prices are expected be close to the current models’ £74,920 and £76,710 list prices.
Alongside its more humble brethren, the E63 AMG gets the single-piece headlamps seen on the facelifted E-Class saloon, estate, coupe and convertible already revealed. In accordance with AMG styling tradition, however, the beefed-up models will get a striking bodykit, bigger air intakes and extended side skirts to give the car a more aggressive, sporting look.
Under the bonnet, the AMG models will get an upgraded version of the current model’s twin-turbocharged 5.5-litre V8 which will produce 549bhp and 531lb/ft of torque, while the S-Model will get 579bhp and 590lb/ft of torque. These numbers are enough to propel the car to 60mph in 4.2 seconds (3.6 for the S-Model) and on to an electronically limited 155mph top speed. Drive will be sent to the rear wheels via Mercedes’ 7-speed automatic gearbox.
Despite the volcanic performance, the new car will return up to 28.8mpg and emit just 230g/km of CO2 and the revised engine conforms to the stringent Euro-6 emissions regulations which don’t come into force until 2015.
To help tame all this power, it is equipped with AMG Ride Control sports suspension and a locking rear differential to aid in getting the power onto the tarmac as efficiently as possible. Huge 402 millimetre ceramic brakes are also available as an option.
Inside, as with all AMG models, the new car gets sports seats and a sports steering wheel, to give the car a more performance-orientated feel, while a 1,200W Bang and Olufson sound system is also available as an option.
By James Richardson