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Detroit Motor Show 2013: Mercedes E63 AMG

Aggressive looks and more power for the big AMG...

Mercedes has revealed the latest E63 AMG ahead of the Detroit Motor Show next week and they have taken the fight directly to Audi and BMW with more power, aggressive looks and a new S-Model.

We saw the facelifted E-Class a couple of weeks ago, showing off the new AMG Sport trim which gave a hint of the new AMG model, but we weren’t prepared for how aggressive Mercedes has gone with the new front end. A single bar grille sits between the new single-piece headlights, but below them sits an extended front bumper with massive rectangular air intakes either side of a central splitter. With the new headlights and grille, this has to be one of the best looking AMG’s for many years – aggressive, sporty, elegant and powerful. The estate model looks particularly good to us.

At the rear there is a new rear bumper with extra vents and the usual quad trapezoidal exhaust tips. The rear lights also have new LED graphics to freshen up the rear fascia and the bootlid gains a small lip spoiler.

The big news for the E63 is that power is up – the 5.5 litre twin turbo V8 now develops 549 bhp in standard trim – an increase of 31 bhp, and 531 lb/ft of torque. Power is sent through AMG’s 7-speed MCT automatic gearbox to the rear wheels, or for the first time to all four wheels with the new AWD option. It’s not clear whether RHD markets will be getting the AWD option, but we know that Mercedes are keen to tap into Audi’s monopoly on the all-wheel-drive market.

The Performance Package has now been rebranded as the S-Model, so you now have the E63S which comes with an amazing 577 bhp and 590 lb/ft of torque. What this means is that the AWD saloon E63S now manages the 0 – 62 mph dash in an incredible 3.6 seconds. That’s quicker than a Ferrari FF! The standard model comes in at 4.2 seconds, while the top speeds remain at 155 mph and 186 mph for the S. Expect the performance to be accompanied by the usual thunderous AMG exhaust note too.

Inside there are a few minor changes to the switchgear, but generally it’s much the same as before. The E63 AMG goes on sale in April starting at £74,920.

Images courtesy of Mercedes-Benz

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About Tim Oldland

Contributing Editor - Long time petrolhead, automotive design engineer and journalist. Also Social Media Manager for the ecurie25 Group - Tim has worked in the automotive sector for many years, but has been a fan of anything with 2 or 4... read more