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Published on October 27th, 2016 | by Nigel Atkinson

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2018 Mercedes-AMG E63 and E63 S Sedan

The most powerful E-Class of all time

With the new E-Class Mercedes-AMG is redefining the performance sedan. It’s now the most powerful E-Class of all time and it finally eclipses the 600 hp mark. 

The latest generation of the E63 and the E63 S sees Mercedes-AMG introducing a number of new developments that redefine the performance sedan. Innovative powertrain engineering and maximum performance are combined with distinctive design, exclusive equipment and the latest infotainment features for comprehensive, connected multimedia  applications.

The new radiator grille with twin louvers in silver chrome, vertical black struts and “AMG” lettering likewise emphasizes the distinctive look. A wide front bumper inspired by the design of a jet wing, with flics in black and a large front splitter, impressively epitomizes the power of the new models. It also showcases the sophisticated cooling technology – a feature common to motorsports and another visual reference to the powerful engine.

As standard, the E63 comes with 19 inch fronts and 19 rear 10-spoke light-alloy wheels painted titanium grey with a high-sheen finish, shod with 265/35 ZR 19 (front) and 295/30 ZR 19 (rear). The E63 S runs on slightly bigger 265/35 ZR 20 (front) and 295/30 ZR 20 (rear) mounted on 5-twin-spoke light-alloy wheels, painted matte titanium grey with a high-sheen finish.

 

Engine

The AMG 4.0L V8 biturbo engine in the E63 S offers 603 hp and 627 lb-ft of torque, available from 2,500 to 4,500 rpm. The sprint from zero to 60 mph takes only 3.3 seconds, which is very close to the 3.15 sec to sixty we got from the RS7 Performance. The E63 is rated at 563 hp and has 553 lb-ft of torque. It accelerates to 60 mph in 3.4 seconds.  Mercedes’ new AMG super sedan is faster off the line than the 640-hp Cadillac CTS-V. The E63S is 0.4 seconds faster to 60, than the Caddy’s 3.7 seconds.

AMG deploys two twin-scroll turbochargers for the first time to boost performance and improve responsiveness further. Other engine mods include new pistons, an optimized air intake and charge air cooling, as well as extensive software upgrades. For better efficiency, Mercedes-AMG has equipped the V8 engine with the AMG Cylinder Management cylinder deactivation system. Under load cylinders two, three, five and eight are deactivated, which lowers fuel consumption.

4MATIC+ variable all-wheel drive

Both E63 models are available with the AMG Performance 4MATIC+ all-wheel drive system. Torque distribution on the front and rear axles, is fully variable for the first time, and ensures optimum traction right up to the limit. The E63 S now offers drift mode, YES. This is activated in “Race” mode using the shift paddles. ESP is deactivated and the transmission is in manual mode. When drift mode is activated, the E63 S becomes a purely rear-wheel drive vehicle. Drift mode remains engaged until the driver deactivates it again.

The 2018 Mercedes-AMG E63 and E63 S Sedan makes its auto show world premiere at the 2016 Los Angeles International Auto Show. US dealer launch is planned in the summer of 2017.

Mercedes-AMG E63 Mercedes-AMG E63 S
Engine 4.0L V8 biturbo 4.0L V8 biturbo
Displacement 3,982 cc 3,982 cc
Output 563 hp at 5,750 – 6,500 rpm 603 hp at 5,750 – 6,500 rpm
Peak torque 553 lb-ft at 2,250–5,000 rpm 627 lb-ft at 2,500–4,500 rpm
Drive system AMG Performance 4MATIC+ permanent all-wheel drive with variable torque distribution AMG Performance 4MATIC+ permanent all-wheel drive with variable torque distribution and drift mode
Transmission AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT  9-speed  AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT  9-speed 
Acceleration 0–60 mph (sec) 3.4 3.3
Top speed 155 mph (electronically limited) 186 mph (electronically limited)
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