The 2014 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG will get a power hike and 4MATIC system. Goes on sale in Europe next spring.

The 2014 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG will get a power hike and 4MATIC system.

It seems that WCF sources were spot on regarding the facelifted E63 AMG as the updated variant will get a tweaked 4MATIC all-wheel drive system with 67/33 (rear/front axle) torque distribution, whereas the less powerful E-Class models fitted with 4MATIC have a 55/45 torque split, in a move to ensure a sportier handling for the hotter variant. AMG's CEO Ola Källenius said it's quicker on the track than previous RWD configuration.

In the United States, the 2014 E63 AMG will be sold exclusively with the 4MATIC, while for the other markets Mercedes-Benz will sell both versions. AWD models will be heavier as the 4MATIC hardware will add approximately 130 lbs (59 kg) which will make it one of the heaviest vehicles in the segment.

The twin-turbo, 5.5-liter V8 engine will see its output increased from 525 HP (386 kW) to 550 HP (405 kW), while torque will go from 516 lb-ft (699 Nm) to 531 lb-ft (719 Nm). It will enable the updated E63 AMG to perform the 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) run in less than 3.5 seconds and complete the quarter mile in the high 11 seconds at 125 mph (201 km/h).

The Performance Package will return for the facelifted model and will increase power by at least 26 HP (19 kW) and 26 lb-ft (35 Nm) of torque, with a top speed raised from 155 mph (249 km/h) to 186 mph (299 km/h).

Expect to see an unveiling in Detroit, followed by a spring launch in Europe and a summer arrival in the United States.

Gallery: 2014 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG confirmed with 550 HP and AWD

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