2018 Mercedes-AMG E63/E63 S revealed
Set to debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show, the 2018 Mercedes-AMG E63 and E63 S models are true super sedans. The most powerful E-Class models ever produced, this dynamic duo pushes performance to a new level, mixing prodigious power plus next-gen AMG-tuned suspension and AWD systems with a bolder take on exterior styling.
Both the E63 and E63 S pack AMG 4.0-liter Biturbo V8s that feature twin-scroll turbochargers for the first time to enhance responsiveness. Both have AMG Cylinder Management cylinder-deactivation systems as well as Eco Start/Stop functionality to improve fuel economy and reduce emissions. The engines are backed by a 9-speed AMG Speedshift MCT automatic that replaces the conventional torque converter with a lighter, more efficient “wet” start-off clutch. The baseline engine develops 563 horsepower and 553 lb-ft of torque, sufficient to send the E63 from 0-60 mph in 3.4 seconds and on to an electronically limited to speed of 155 mph. In S-spec, the engine makes an even stouter 603 ponies and cranks out 627 lb-ft of twist from 2,500-4,500 revs. That motive force propels the new E63 S to 60 mph in just 3.3 ticks and ultimately lets it reach a governed 186-mph top end.
These new E-Class road warriors also benefits from structural reinforcements and revamped AMG Sport Suspension that increases control and cornering stability. Based on M-B’s Air Body Control system but individually tailored to E63 and E63 S requirements, it offers Comfort, Sport, and Sport Plus damper settings adjusted with the Dynamic Select drive program. The system also controls the electromechanical speed-sensitive/variable-ratio sport steering system and a locking rear differential – mechanical on the E63 but electronic on the E63 S.
New AMG Performance 4Matic+ with Drift Mode
Rounding out the mix is the all-new AMG Performance 4Matic+ all-wheel drive. Unlike the previous setup which was strongly rear-biased, 4Matic+ allows fully variable torque distribution from rear to AWD as well as left/right vectoring. The E63 S system also includes a driver-selectable Drift Mode that’s optional on the E63. Accessible as part of the car’s “Race” program, it locks into a rear-drive-only configuration to facilitate maximum on-track performance.
"The new E63 models represent the biggest step forward we've ever taken from one generation to the next”, notes Tobias Moers, Chairman of the Board of Management of Mercedes-AMG GmbH. To help drive that point home visually, these hot Mercedes sedans also have a more aggressive appearance. The most prominent change is the restyled front clip that sports a new, deeply sculpted inset hood that echoes look found on E-Class Coupes. The front fender flares are extended to accommodate slightly wider track dimensions. Out back, both cars have fixed decklid spoilers and dedicated diffuser with dual-paired exhaust outlets. Where the E63 has its Z-rated 265/35 front and 295/30 rear rubber mounted on 19-inch light-alloy wheels, the E63 S has 20-inch matte-look titanium-grey wheels wrapped in 265/35 and 295/30 rubber.
The AMG stamp is evident inside as well, with the AMG-spec instrumentation, a flat-bottom multifunction steering wheel and sport seats in Nappa leather and Dinamica microfiber set off with aluminum or optional carbon fiber trim. The E63 S adds even more refinements, courtesy of Nappa leather trim on the dash and beltlines, an AMG crest in the front seat head restraints, an IWC-designed analog clock and various other trim embellishments. The E63 S will also be offered in an exclusive “Edition 1” form done in designo Night Black Magno complemented by the Night Package trim kit and unique AMG 20-inch forged alloys plus a host of distinctive interior upgrades including AMG Performance seats in Black Nappa leather with yellow top-stitching, carbon fiber trim and more.
Like all E-Class models, the new E63 and E63 S will come with or offer the full range of Mercedes safety and driver-assist features, including Drive Pilot. To supplement the trick Racetimer recording system included in the AMG instrument cluster, they’ll also offer the AMG Track Pace app for the Apple iPhone that lets drivers share and compare their circuit performances with others. The 2018 Mercedes-AMG E63 and E63 S as well as the E63 S Edition 1 are slated to arrive in U.S. showrooms sometime next summer. Pricing, packaging and other details will be released closer to the on-sale date.
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