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All the model variants are powered by a 4.0L twin-turbo V8 engine, that produces 571hp in the E 63 and a lively 612hp in the E 63 S. The E 63 can sprint from a standstill to 62 mph in just 3.5 seconds, compared to 3.4 seconds for the E 63 S. Both models are electronically limited to 155 mph – unless specified with the AMG Drivers package which increases the top speed to an electronically limited 186 mph.
For the first time all E 63 models – whether in left-hand or right-hand drive – feature 4MATIC+ all-wheel-drive. This newly engineered, intelligent system brings together the advantages of various drive configurations, including a Drift mode (only on E 63 S) that makes the car rear-wheel drive. Police advisory here, enthusiasts!
Torque distribution on the front and rear axles is, for the first time, fully variable – making it easier to make full use of the car’s potential in all conditions and weather.
The E 63 comes as standard with AMG Ride Control sports suspension. Add to the package 19” AMG five twin-spoke alloy wheels, Nappa leather upholstery and split folding rear seats.
Technology includes Command Online with a 12.3” display and 12.3” widescreen cockpit display. The E 63 S adds 20” AMG five twin-spoke alloy wheels, active dynamic engine mounts, AMG performance seats and a steering wheel finished, as you might expect, in Nappa leather and Dinamica microfibre.
Further, the Edition 1 – based on the E 63 S – adds 20” AMG cross-spoke wheels in black, designer Selenite Grey magno paint and AMG Night package. Extra detailing in Titanium Grey above the side skirts is also standard. Inside on this model standard equipment includes AMG sports seats and Dinamica steering wheel with yellow contrast stitching, plus AMG carbon fibre trim.
For a rather hefty £6,995 (UK) E 63 S and Edition 1 customers can opt for AMG high-performance ceramic brakes An AMG performance exhaust can be added to all models for £1,000.
The AMG carbon fibre package option adds front splitter, side sill panels, and rear bumper finished in carbon fibre for £3,370. The AMG Night package adds black detailing on the side sills, black exterior mirror housings and a black front splitter, all for £595.
And the options don’t stop there, as is the current trend. The optional Premium package (standard on Edition 1) is available for £2,595 and adds a panoramic sunroof, Keyless-Go Comfort package, a Burmester surround sound and Multibeam LED intelligent light system.
As on all E-Class models, an array of advanced driver assistance features is available as follows: The Driving Assistance Plus package costs £1,695, and includes Active Blind Spot Assist; Drive Pilot, Active Lane Keeping Assist, and Pre-Safe Impulse Side.
An E 63 4MATIC+ Estate will follow later in the year. This would be the version for the driver who requires both pace and practicality. This car rocks.