On the engine side, nothing changes in the facelift of the Mercedes-AMG E 63. But optics, infotainment, driving comfort, and a few small things benefit from the changes.
Mercedes has recently refreshed the E-Class comprehensively (read more here). Now their top model, the Mercedes-AMG E 63, has been given a major overhaul. Of course, this takes over the basic optical innovations of the E-Class Mopf (model maintenance).
The grille is now wider at the bottom than at the top and has 13 vertically arranged columns instead of a large horizontal strut. There are also narrower headlights. The lower air intakes are now larger than before and direct the inhaled oxygen directly to the engine. Another new feature is the front apron strip, which extends across the entire width.
New front, new rear
Differences can also be seen at the rear. As in the front, new aprons are used and revised, now split rear lights, which extend into the trunk lid and are bordered by a chrome strip. Two trapezoidal exhaust tailpipes, each 90 mm in size, sprout from the rear apron on the right and left. In the basic model, they are chrome-plated, in the S version they have a design in matt titanium with ribbing on the outside and inside. In between sits a newly shaped diffuser.
Newly designed rims rotate in the wheel arches, each widened by 27 millimeters. The basic model rolls on 19-inch wheels with ten-spoke design, the E 63 S receives 20-inch rims with five double spokes each. The potent new middle class takes the three new colors of graphite gray metallic, high-tech silver metallic, and brilliant blue magno from the AMG GT models. With optional optic packages, additional accents can be set in glossy black or carbon.
Mercedes-AMG E 63 now also with MBUX
AMG provides sports seats with Nappa leather upholstery as standard; the E 63 S receives the noble surface material at no extra charge, including on the dashboard. New: the flattened steering wheel with the round small impact pot and the significantly stronger steering wheel spokes at three, six, and nine o’clock. There are more switches and buttons for cruise control or infotainment control. Also new are the enlarged shift paddles and the frameless rearview mirror.
Classic instruments no longer exist in the new E 63 AMG. Here too, the two typical Mercedes monitors move in, measuring 10.25 inches in the normal version and 12.25 inches in the S version. The left of the two displays allows three display styles, with the rev counter moving to the center in the “Supersport” mode.
Also, there is AMG-specific information such as engine data, gear display, warm-up, set-up, G-meter, and a race timer. Of course, the AMG-E-Class also receives the latest MBUX infotainment system with touchscreen and pad as well as voice control with the command “Hey Mercedes”. On top of that, a new AMG switch moves to the center console, which can be used to set all sorts of things, such as driving modes, ESP (de) activation, or the flap exhaust.
Engine power remains unchanged
But what’s important is under the hood of the Mercedes-AMG E 63. Here, the well-known 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 works in two performance levels. As before, the eighth spits out 571 HP and a maximum of 750 Newton meters, in the S version even 612 HP and a maximum of 850 Newton meters. The E 63 S sedan sprints from 0 to 100 km / h in 3.4 seconds, the basic version is a tenth of a second slower. The values for the station wagon are 3.5 seconds (S variant) and 3.6 seconds. The top speeds: 250 km / h for the normal E 63 and 290 (estate) or 300 things for the S variant – each electronically limited. The power transmission ensures a nine-speed automatic as usual.
On the chassis side, multi-chamber air suspension with three-stage adaptive damper adjustment is used to optimize driving comfort. Also, the individual characteristics should from now on be even more differentiated. The all-wheel-drive with electromechanically controlled clutch works fully variable for the first time.
The new Mercedes-AMG E 63 only drives the rear wheels when required and has a drift mode (standard on the S model). The electronically controlled rear-axle limited-slip differential has the opposite effect, namely optimized traction. The play children among sports drivers will be delighted with the abundance of electronic driving aids that are now common at AMG.
Mercedes-AMG plans to launch the new E 63 in the summer. The Affalterbachers do not yet give specific prices. However, they should not “deviate very much from the previous price,” it says. So far, the following sums have been due: 110,854 euros for the E 63 sedan and 123,171 euros for the corresponding S model, and 113,651 and 125,967 euros for the corresponding T model equivalents.
It is no longer tragic that the Mercedes-AMG E 63 no longer receives power during the facelift because it has enough of it anyway. Other advances in optics, comfort, and, above all, infotainment are more important. And they seem to be pretty big for a facelift.