Mercedes-Benz is about to reveal a new-generation version of the GLC Class, which will arrive with mild hybrids and PHEVs – an inevitable direction in this era of electrification. But this isn't the only new model that Mercedes fans should watch out for.
A new Mercedes-AMG E63 S Final Edition has arrived as the GLC's launch date nears. And more importantly, the Final Edition will be the last of its kind – the final AMG E-Class sedan and wagon to be powered by a V8.
The last V8-powered E-Class, dubbed AMG E63 S 4MATIC+ Final Edition, is exclusively equipped with matte Graphite Grey Magno paint, 20-inch AMG forged wheels with a cross-spoke design, and a high-sheen black with gloss-tinted clearcoat.
Gallery: Mercedes-AMG E 63 S 4MATIC+ Final Edition
To amplify the exclusivity further, the Final Edition comes with AMG emblems on the C-pillar and the foiling on the sides. It also has the AMG Night Package, which prioritizes the use of high-gloss black on several exterior elements of the car.
The AMG Performance Seat Package High-End greets its owners inside. It's upholstered in fine AMG Nappa leather in titanium grey pearl/black finish adorned with yellow contrast stitching. The AMG Performance steering wheel is wrapped in Nappa leather and Dinamica microfiber, also adopting the yellow stitches.
To make sure you know you're driving the last of the V8s, Mercedes added an "AMG FINAL EDITION" on the center console, along with the car's designation among the limited 999 units.
As the Mercedes-AMG E63 S 4MATIC+ Final Edition bids farewell to the W/S 213 performance model series, both the sedan and wagon come with the biturbo 4.0-liter M177 V8 mill that produces 604 horsepower (450 kilowatts). They are still equipped with Drift mode, in case you're wondering.
The rumor mill is telling us that the next W214 Mercedes E-Class won't have the V8 powertrain in the lineup, even with the top-spec AMG models. This isn't confirmed at this point, though. However, internal discussions have allegedly pulled the trigger on the eight-cylinder mills. If you're in the market for a V8-powered AMG E63 S, then the Final Edition will be your last chance to buy one brand new.
Last year, we discovered that the V8 has been pulled out of the Mercedes lineup due to quality issues. AMG boss Philipp Scheimerspoke otherwise, saying that the V8 will stick around for another 10 years – in various forms, anyway.