Find out what a Mercedes-AMG designer has to say about the new 603-hp sedan beast from Affalterbach.

The quickest and most powerful E-Class of all times is gracing the Los Angeles Auto Show these days and now Mercedes-AMG through the voice of designer Jean-Francois Huet is ready to provide a closer look by detailing the exterior styling of the E63 S. Yes, at a first glance it looks like an enlarged C63 S, but the devil is in the details as upon closer inspection there are several differences between the two.

For starters, the hood has a more prominent bulge whereas the grille is slightly wider and comes with vertical slats. It’s the same story with the bumper since it looks considerably different and incorporates reshaped vents.

The side profile hosts a new wing on the front fender to make the V8 biturbo 4Matic logo stand out even more, while at the back the bumper doesn’t have the side fins seen on the C63 S. In addition, the trunk lid spoiler sticks out more than it does on Mercedes-AMG’s smaller high-performance sedan.

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

But the highlight of the E63 S is certainly not its design, it’s the biturbo 4.0-liter V8 lurking underneath the beefy hood. It pumps out a meaty 603 horsepower (450 kilowatts) and a torquetastic 627 pound-feet (850 Newton-meters) of torque. Basically a supercar with four doors, the E63 S runs to 60 mph (96 kph) in 3.3 seconds and will max out at a respectable 186 mph (300 kph).

Oh, and did we mention it has a drift mode? It only works when the nine-speed AMG Speedshift dual-clutch transmission is in manual mode and when the ESP is deactivated. With the function turned on, the E63 S effectively transforms itself into a rear-wheel-drive car for tail-happy experiences. It actually remains RWD until the driver turns the Drift Mode off, after shredding the tires, of course.

Mercedes-AMG will have the new E63 S on sale from 2017, with the U.S. market getting it in the summer. There’s no word on pricing just yet, but expect to pay a hefty premium over the E43 available in Germany from €75,089 and in U.S. where it’s due to go on sale early next year from an estimated $65,000.

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Gallery: 2018 Mercedes-AMG E63 S: LA 2016