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First published: 17th November 2016

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Mercedes-AMG E63 saloon revealed at LA Auto Show

With a twin-turbocharged V8 engine, this is the most powerful E-Class ever, and the Edition 1 version can accelerate as fast as some supercars

First published: 17th November 2016
  • Most powerful Mercedes E-Class of all time
  • All-wheel drive aids 0-62mph sprint time of 3.4secs
  • Edition 1 specification includes matt paint and 20-inch alloys
The new Mercedes-AMG E63 S 4MATIC+ saloon is the most powerful and insane E-Class of all time and has been unveiled in ‘Edition 1’ launch trim at the 2016 LA Auto Show.

Boasting a redesigned front grille, enlarged wheel arches that house 20-inch alloy wheels, a matt paint scheme dubbed Designo Night Black Magno, plus some side stripes that Mercedes calls ‘acceleration lines’ (and that we hope can be peeled off), the Mercedes-AMG looks sinister without even pushing the starter button.

And when you do, you awake a twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 that, in E63 S guise, develops 603bhp and 627lb ft of torque. This, dearest pub quiz fans, is more than the 597bhp Audi RS6 Plus and even the 577bhp Mercedes-AMG GTR. We’re not sure what Mercedes-AMG is putting in its tea, either…
Mercedes-AMG E63
Mercedes-AMG E63
Mercedes-AMG E63
Mercedes-AMG E63
Using a nine-speed dual-clutch gearbox and a sophisticated four-wheel drive system that can transfer up to 100 per cent of the power to the rear axle for maximum tyre-smoking, the E63 S is able to accelerate from 0-62mph in in a supercar-baiting 3.4 seconds and has a top speed limited to 155mph. That is unless buyers specify the optional AMG Driver’s Package, whereby the car's top speed can be extended to 186mph. The huge brakes that you can see peeking through the wheels also ensure the monster Mercedes stops as eagerly as it goes.

Completing the special-edition theme inside are some carbon-fibre trim, AMG performance seats, ‘Edition 1’ lettering on the steering wheel, and yellow stitching to contrast with the black nappa leather. You’ll need deep pockets, mind: we’re expecting a £90,000 price for this car, which will arrive in UK showrooms in May.

Of course, Mercedes will be offering a (slightly) more conservative E 63 4MATIC+ without the Edition 1 treatment for £75,000 with ‘just’ 563bhp, a 0-62mph time of 3.5 seconds and smaller front brakes. But, if you’re going to do it, you may as well do it properly…

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