Winter testing is in full swing and the latest car captured on camera by our spy photographers was a 2017 Mercedes-AMG E63 prototype.

Winter testing is in full swing and the latest car captured on camera by our spy photographers was a 2017 Mercedes-AMG E63 prototype.

The E Class has finally made the transition to the W213 generation after an endless string of spy content and official teasers. If you are patiently waiting for the fully-fledged AMG version, chances are it will be out in the second half of the year, so we could see it live at the Paris Motor Show in October. In the meantime, prototypes are undergoing testing to make sure everything will be ready until the model’s launch.

Taking into account the obvious design similarities between the C Class Sedan and the E Class Sedan, expect the upcoming Mercedes-AMG E63 to basically look like an upsized C63. The latest spy images come to confirm our expectation as the partially camouflaged prototype hides a familiar design with a quad exhaust setup denoting it’s the range-topping E. It also has a set of massive brake discs stopping the large black AMG alloys on the icy roads of northern Sweden.

Lurking underneath the disguised hood is a stronger iteration of the biturbo 4.0-liter V8 taken from the C63 and the GT. In this new application, the motor will likely develop somewhere in the region of 550 horsepower in the standard E63 and up to 580 hp in the E63 S. The new high-performance midsize model from Daimler could eschew the rear-wheel drive layout in favor of a 4MATIC-only arrangement.

Following the E63 AMG Sedan’s launch, Mercedes will add the wagon version which will eventually be followed by coupe and cabrio E63s.

Be part of something big