Just three days after the new BMW M5 was unveiled, the folks at Mercedes-AMG have swiftly responded to Munich with the new Mercedes-AMG E63 4MATIC+.
According to Mercedes-Benz, the latest generation E63 will be considerably more comfortable than before, and also come with an extensive design update both inside and outside, so let us jump right into the enhancements.
On the exterior, the front end of the E63 AMG has been completely redesigned. While the central cooling air inlet is now larger, the AMG-specific radiator grille with twelve vertical louvres and central star is also larger.
Together with the flatter all-LED multibeam headlamps, the model’s wheel arches are now flared further outwards, and the rounded-fit bonnet with powerdomes, is also new.
The reshaped front apron in a jet-wing design with three large, functional air intakes and front splitter influences the overall vehicle proportions and also significantly reduces lift at the front axle.
The interior has also thoroughly enhanced – with highlights like the Widescreen Cockpit, the new AMG Performance steering wheel, and the MBUX infotainment system with AMG-specific functions and displays.
The rear end has also been extensively redesigned. We now have two new, flatter tail lights with two sections that extend into the boot lid, and visually link with each other with a trim strip in high-gloss chrome on the top.
As for the reshaped rear apron, the lower part is in high-gloss black and is elegantly structured with a trim strip in Silver Shadow, running over the entire width of the car.
The rounded 90 mm trapezoidal twin tailpipes are chrome-plated on the base model, and on the S-Model they have a new design in titanium matt with fluting on the exterior and interior. The rear section is rounded off by the high-gloss black diffuser, also restyled, with two longitudinal fins.
Aerodynamically optimised and painted in a choice of either matt black or high-gloss black or in high-gloss tantalum grey, are the new 19-inch 10-spoke light-alloy wheels.
Meanwhile the S-Model is shod in new 20-inch 5-twin-spoke light-alloy wheels, also aerodynamically optimised and with a wider aero rim edge, painted in a choice of matt black or high-gloss tantalum grey.
Further individual focuses can be set with the optional AMG Night Package. The exterior mirror housings, window frames, trim insert in the longitudinal members plus trim elements in the front and rear apron are kept in high-gloss black here. There are also tailpipe trim elements in black chrome. The AMG-specific radiator grille is also available in a darkened design.
Exclusively available for the 63-series models, the AMG Exterior Carbon-Fibre Package I comprises a front splitter, trim insert in the longitudinal member and the trim element in the rear apron in carbon fibre. The AMG Exterior Carbon-Fibre Package II adds individual highlights with mirror caps and a spoiler lip on the boot lid (Saloon) in carbon fibre.
A further highlight is the MBUX infotainment system with a touchscreen and touchpad, the intelligent voice control plus AMG-specific displays and settings. The two displays for the instrument cluster and multimedia displays blend visually beneath a shared glass cover to form the Widescreen Cockpit. In the base model the monitors measure 10.25 inches diagonally, on the S-Model 12.25-inch screens are on board as standard.
For the instrument cluster’s display, the customer can switch between the three AMG display styles of “Modern Classic”, “Sport” and “Supersport”.
Via the AMG menu, the driver can call up various special AMG displays such as Engine Data, gear speed indicator, Warm-up, Set-Up, G-Meter and RACETIMER. With individual AMG displays such as visualisation of the drive programs or telemetry data, the touchscreen multimedia display likewise underscores the dynamic configuration.
Power comes courtesy of the same 4.0-litre Twin Turbo V8 engine as before, paired with a 9-speed AMG Speedshift automatic gearbox and an AMG Performance 4Matic+ variable AWD system. While the base E63 produces 571 PS and 750 Nm, S version makes 612 PS and 850 Nm. Century sprint times stand at 3.5 seconds for the base model and 3.4 seconds for the S.
So, this or the M5?