Although the wraps on its new E63 AMG won't formally come off until next week, Mercedes has just released the first photos and formal specs of this premium luxury-sport sedan. Matching numerous bespoke components with elements borrowed from the C63 AMG and SL63 AMG roadster, the latest addition to the Mercedes-Benz family of performance all-stars clearly was designed to dominate.

As expected, the new E63 AMG comes with more aggressive bodywork and wraps new 18-inch AMG alloy wheels with Z-rated performance tires, 255/40s up front and 285/35s in the rear. Bolder front air intakes aid in breathing and cooling its hand-assembled 6.2-liter V8 that now develops 518 horsepower and 465 lb.-ft. of torque -- enough to make 60 mph happen in 4.4 seconds and let it reach an electronically-limited 155 mph top speed. Despite having 11 more ponies underhood, the E63's fuel economy is up by nearly 12 percent on the Euro combined regimen. Helping both the acceleration and economy stats is a specially tuned version of AMG's lightning-quick SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed sports transmission that offers four driver-selectable mapping choices.

The E63 AMG's handling promises to be equally stellar. A new front axle and strut design, expanded front track dimensions and full AMG revamp of its electronically adjustable suspension is matched with a new speed-sensitive power steering unit that's 22 percent more direct than the standard E-Class. Rounding out the chassis mix is the latest incarnation of the three-stage ESP stability system from the C63/SL63 AMG packages and massive anti-lock disc brakes with cross-drilled/vented rotors. Those demanding the ultimate E63 can opt for a Performance Package that brings a stiffer suspension, rear axle locking differential and 19-inch alloys on even lower-profile tires.

Inside, the E63 AMG lives up to its image with more deeply bolstered AMG sport seats wrapped in Nappa leather, dedicated instrument package and steering wheel with paddle shift levers, a sport pedal cluster and an exclusive AMG Drive Unit to give the driver one-touch control over changes to the suspension, ESP and transmission settings. On sale here in November, the E63 AMG is expected to spawn an equally intense Sport Wagon variant sometime next year. No word yet as to if or when a U.S.-spec model will arrive.

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