The new sedan combines movie star looks and has enough muscle to play the lead in Hollywood's next action blockbuster.

In a town of movie moguls and millionaires, it's save to expect the 2018 Mercedes-AMG E63 S is right at home for its premiere at the Los Angeles Auto Show. It certainly cuts quite a striking figure in satin gray paint under the event's lights.

The E63 S puts supercar-rivaling performance in rather unassuming package. Performance car aficionados would certainly spot the more aggressive fascias, wider fenders, and dual exhaust outlets at each corner. However, the parts aren't so ostentatious that they would instantly grab the attention of regular drivers. 

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2017 Mercedes-AMG E63 S: LA 2016
2017 Mercedes-AMG E63 S: LA 2016
2017 Mercedes-AMG E63 S: LA 2016

Under the latest sedan from Affalterbach's hood, the performance division installs the 4.0-liter biturbo V8. The powerplant makes 603 horsepower (450 kilowatts) and 627 pound-feet (850 Newton-meters) in this application, and it routes with a nine-speed dual-clutch gearbox to the 4Matic all-wheel drive system. The result of these impressive figures is a run to 60 miles per hour (96 kilometers per hour) in 3.3 seconds and to an eventual top speed of 155 mph (250 kph). Especially in image-conscious L.A, we suspect most customers opt for the AMG Driver's Package that cuts back the limiter for a 186-mph (300-kph) maximum velocity.

 

 

Given Southern California's pleasant weather, many drivers there might be able to get more use out of the E63's Drift Mode than buyers in snowier climates. The setting only works in the transmission's manual mode and the stability control off and sends all the muscle to the rear axle. It should be a little like being behind the wheel of one of the brand's old-school performance sedans but still being able to use your smartphone.

While we're getting a good look at the E63 S now, potential buyers need to exercise patience. The first examples don't arrive in the United States until next summer. Mercedes isn't discussing pricing yet.

Source: Mercedes-Benz

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