All the goodness of the new E-Class, with 603 screaming horses underhood.

"The Mercedes-AMG E63 Sedan and E63 S Sedan are the most powerful E-Class variants of all time." That's how Mercedes-Benz starts its lengthy press blast about the new AMG E63, which you can read below, but that's only half the story. What you're looking at here is one of the most luxurious, technologically advanced super sedans ever created, and it comes packed with some new cool bits that'll likely make it a total blast to drive.

Under the hood is – you guessed it – Mercedes’ 4.0-liter V8 engine, with a pair of turbochargers that both use twin-scroll technology to improve performance and reduce turbo lag. In the standard E63, this engine is good for 563 horsepower (420 kilowatts) and 553 pound-feet of torque (750 Newton meters), and with 4Matic all-wheel drive, 0-60 happens in just 3.4 seconds. Even more outstanding is the E63 S, which ups the output to 603 hp (450 kW) and 627 lb-ft (850 Nm). That model will run to 60 miles per hour in just 3.3 seconds, on its way to a top speed of 186 mph.

This robust engine is mated to a nine-speed AMG Speedshift dual-clutch transmission. Fuel economy – not that you care about such nonsense in a 600-hp sedan – is further improved with cylinder deactivation, which can shut off cylinders two, three, five, and eight, depending on throttle inputs and cruising demands (of course, Mercedes hasn't released official EPA numbers just yet). The AMG Performance 4Matic+ all-wheel-drive system uses fully variable torque distribution at the front and rear axles, and a full 100 percent of the car’s thrust can be delivered to the rear wheels for the AMG E63’s neat, new party trick: Drift Mode.

2017 Mercedes-AMG E63 Sedan
2017 Mercedes-AMG E63 Sedan
2017 Mercedes-AMG E63 Sedan
2017 Mercedes-AMG E63 Sedan

On the E63 S, Drift Mode is activated when the car is in its Race drive setting, with the ESP deactivated and the transmission in manual mode. With this setup, the E63 S becomes totally rear-wheel drive, and stays this way until the driver turns off Drift Mode. In other words, expect to see a million videos of a loud, smoky E63 sliding around corners in the near future.

Visually, the E63 retains all of the new E-Class’ handsome lines, with a serious exhaust setup out back, and wheel arches that are a little more than half an inch wider than on the standard car. Inside, the AMG model retains all of the goodness of the base E-Class, with high-quality materials, incredible design, and the best technology available in the luxury segment right now.

We’ll have more details in the not-too-distant future, as the 2018 AMG E63 will officially debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November. The car will go on sale early next year, with U.S. market launch set for summer 2017.

 

Source: Mercedes-Benz

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