Mercedes-AMG has updated its hot E63 estate and saloon with a raft of changes designed to offer enhanced comfort for drivers without compromising performance.
The newest version of the E-Class range-topper gains design revisions in line with the recent facelift rolled out across other models in the line-up. Its aggressive new styling features are intended to forge a stronger link with Mercedes-AMG's sports car range. The revamped styling also includes a larger grille and aerodynamic tweaks to optimise both grip and airflow to the engine.
The E63 retains the previous version's 4.0-litre V8 biturbo engine, which produces 562bhp and 553lb ft in the standard model and 603bhp and 627lb ft in the top-line S version. Power continues to be sent to all four wheels through a nine-speed automatic gearbox.
Although the output is unchanged, Mercedes-AMG says considerable tuning has been carried out to widen the E63's performance window. Work has also been done to refine the dampers and chassis, while the dynamic engine mounts on the E63 S have been tweaked so they adapt more quickly to driving conditions.
Further development has been carried out on the AMG Dynamic Select software, which adjusts systems such as the drive programmes, all-wheel drive systems and ESP stability control. The AMG Dynamics Plus package, which includes a Race drive mode and Drift function, is standard on the E63 S and is offered as an option for the base model for the first time.
In saloon form, the E63 has a 0-62mph time of 3.5sec, with the S version achieving that in 3.4sec. The estate versions are 0.1sec slower. Fuel consumption ranges from 23.7mpg to 24.3mpg, with CO2 emissions spanning 265g/km to 273g/km.
"The feedback from buyers was that they wanted more long-distance drive comfort, so we aimed to increase the spread of driving performance, while ensuring it was still suitable for race track and daily use," said Philipp Uttikal, Mercedes-AMG E-Class project manager. "People who choose the E63 are still E-Class customers, and they want the best of both worlds in terms of sportiness and refinement. They want the benefits of having lots of performance, but they still want a car that delivers comfort."
In an effort to differentiate it more from the wider E-Class range, including the recently refreshed Mercedes-AMG E53, the new E63 features an AMG-specific radiator grille with 12 vertical louvres and an enlarged Mercedes star logo.
The front bodywork of the machine has been honed for aerodynamic balance, with AMG engineers and aerodynamicists focused on reducing wind resistance and increasing high-speed stability. The apron is a new design that, Mercedes-AMG claims, significantly reduces lift at the front axle. There are also flatter LED headlights and bigger 'powerdomes' sculpted into the bonnet. The wheel arches have been enlarged by 22mm to accommodate a wider track on the front axle.
At the rear, there are flatter brake lights and a reshaped apron, which has also been aerodynamically optimised. That feature is finished in high-gloss black with a silver trim strip – although the latter element is available in gloss black or carbonfibre as part of various exterior packages. There is also a new diffuser.
The standard E63 has new 19in alloy wheel options, while the UK's S version will gain new 20in aerodynamically optimised five-spoke alloy designs.
There are new paint colour options previously offered on the Mercedes-AMG GT range only and available in the E-Class line-up exclusively on the E63. An optional AMG Night Package adds extra styling tweaks, including a gloss black finish for the mirrors, window frame and exhaust pipes.
Inside, the E63 feature similar tweaks to the rest of the facelifted E-Class range, including the latest version of the MBUX infotainment system and digital instrument display, both of which offer bespoke AMG display options.
There is also a new twin-spoke AMG Performance steering wheel with haptic feedback controls and offered with Dinamica microfibre or leather, or combination finish. The wheel includes a 'hands on' sensor that will trigger warnings and, eventually, activate emergency brake assist if it detects the driver does not have their hands on the wheel for an extended period. Mated to the new wheel are larger aluminium paddle shifters that can operate the nine-speed transmission.
Nappa leather covers the sports seats and the dashboard trim features bespoke AMG elements.
The Mercedes-AMG E63 S is due to go on sale in the UK in July, with prices expected to remain similar to the outgoing model's, starting from around £98,000.