Later this year, the new Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG will hit US shores but for now, enjoy this quick preview of the top-of-the-line sedan.
New for the E63 is a special ride control sport suspension developed by AMG. Damping is electronically controlled. The fronts feature new steel spring struts and the rear uses air springs. According to Mercedes, "the front spring struts ensure more sensitive responses while the rear air struts with their automatic level control system keep the vehicle at a constant height irrespective of the load."
The damping system also reduces body roll on the car resulting in better performance. Three suspension modes can be selected from Comfort, Sport and Sport Plus. For better handling, the E63 features a 56mm wider track compared to its predecessor which includes new control arms and wheel bearings as well. The rear axle has more negative camber and a new subframe for better stability.
Performance is also enhanced under the hood with AMG's 6.3 liter V8 originally introduced in the SL63. This develops 525hp at the crank and 464.60 ft-lb of torque. Also from the SL63, the E gets AMG's Speedshift MCT 7-speed transmission. According to Mercedes, "it dispenses with a conventional torque converter and uses a compact, wet start-up clutch. In conjunction with the four individual driving modes, the throttle-blipping and Race Start functions, the resulting, direct connection to the powertrain allows an extremely emotional and highly dynamic driving experience."
0-62mph is now achievable in just 4.5 seconds while a top speed of 155mph is easily achievable on the freeway. Amazingly, this power is all done naturally-aspirated but a newly designed water-cooling system ensures the engine runs efficient and safe. And despite a power increase of 11hp from the preceding model, the new E63 returns 22.4mpg - that's 2.6mpg more! This was made possible by better fuel efficiency and generator management.
For more direct responsiveness, the speed-sensitive rack-and-pinion steering is also a new development. The steering ratio of 14:1 is 22% more direct than in the standard production models, while a more rigid steering column ensure better steering precision and improved road contact.
The driving experience is completed by AMG's high performance brakes - 360mm slotted and drilled rotors all around. Plenty of grip is made available as well with 255/40-18 and 285/35-18 tires matched to 18" AMG wheels.
The exterior design will come with AMG's signature look. The front has 17mm wider wings along with a larger front bumper and LED daytime-running lights. The side skirts are beefier as well, plus the rear has a black diffuser for a more aggressive look