Mercedes-AMG have introduced an all-new E-Class AMG model for next year, and it’s an absolute mental!
The top-spec E63 S 4MATIC+ will come with a 450 kW 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8, which means the car rockets to 100 in a mere 3.4 seconds. This is due in part to Merc’s 9-speed AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT (Multi Clutch Technology) gearbox.
The massive power is courtesy of 2 twin-scroll turbochargers. This setup is good for 850 Nm, with max torque available from 2500- to 4500 rpm, making acceleration and overtaking a doddle.
As with all AMG models of late, the turbo’s are mounted between the cylinder banks. This setup makes for better throttle response and an overall more compact engine design.
With the AMG Driver’s Pack fitted, the E63 S 4MATIC+ is capable of 300 km/h top speed.
This new V8 makes this E-Class the most powerful ever. Despite this, however, the E63 AMG is capable of an astonishing 8.9 l/100km on the combined cycle, thanks to the new AMG Cylinder Management system, as seen in the new SLK-AMG.
This system can shut down up to 4 cylinders under partial load between 1000-and 3250 rpm to greatly improve efficiency and economy.
The AWD system has also been reworked to be fully variable for the first time, with most of the power now going to back.
The E63 also features a Drift Mode, where the car becomes RWD only. This system will remain active until the driver switches the system off.
“The new E63 models represent the biggest step forward we’ve ever taken from one generation to the next. Vehicle dynamics were especially important to us. At the start of the development process, we opted for a fully variable all-wheel drive system which, when combined with the advanced performance of the 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 engine, reaffirms our brand’s “Driving Performance” claim,” explains Tobias Moers, Chairman of the Board of Management of Mercedes-AMG GmbH.
In the styling department, Mercedes-AMG went for a coupé-like silhouette, coupled with muscular lines to emphasis the performance aspect.
The car is now 17mm wider than before which accommodates a wider track, along with bigger 20” wheels.
Designers and aerodynamic experts worked together to reduce wind-noise and drag, as well as improve downforce and cooling. This is done by paying close attention to the front and underbody of the car.
The E63 is fitted with an air-based suspension system. This aims to improve both comfort and dynamic aspects of the car. The 3-chamber system can make instantaneous adjuststo the spring-rate to compensate for harsh forces had from acceleration or cornering.
Traction is further aided with an electronically controlled rear locking diff fitted to the E63 S model. The standard E63 comes with a more traditional mechanical LSD.
Other features include dynamic engine mounts, speed-sensitive steering and optional fade-resistant carbon ceramic brakes.
Another new addition is the AMG TRACK PACE app, which is linked to car’s optional RACETIMER. The app allows drivers to record and share lap-times and vehicle data. The system can be linked up to a GoPro to create a video-data overlay.
For you convenience, the E63 is also fitted with a semi-autonomous driving system, as well as the new Mercedes Concierge Service.
This includes personal service extending beyond the vehicle. The spectrum ranges from weather and stock market information and route recommendations to suggestions and reservations for sporting and cultural activities. Navigation data is transmitted straight to the vehicle. Customers can call up the Concierge Service using the iCall switch in the vehicle or from anywhere via the Mercedes me app. This new premium service is free of charge for the first year.
The new Mercedes E63 AMG will be available to customers in March 2017.
A more exclusive Edition 1 version is also on the way, and should make its debut before then end of the year.