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Merc E63 goes under the knife

1101 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG 1

In one of the more substantial facelifts of recent years, Mercedes-Benz has given its E63 AMG a new lease on life. The facelift applies to both sedan and estate variants. Not only has Mercedes given the front end an extensive makeover (the rear less so), but there’s more power than there was before, too.

The Mercedes E63 AMG will have its public début at  the Detroit Motor Show next week and it previews a significant change in the styling of all coming AMG models. And that massive front spillter and aggreswsive grille you see there doesn’t just further differentiate the AMG from the standard car more than before – it’s more aerodynamic, too. At the back, though the taillights remains fairly similar, the bumper is different, but it’s the distinctive AMG quad tailpipes that define the rear.

The 5,5-litre twin-turbo V8 stays, but it has been slightly tweaked to produce more power – 409 k|W to be specific, or 430 if you go for the performance package, which will now be dubbed ‘S Model’. Those are respective power increases of 23 and 21 kW. It’s torquier than before as well, with the car producing 720 Nm in standard trim (20 more than before). The S Model’s torque remains unchanged at 800, but it is developed across a wider rev band than before.

This grunt is, as before, sent to the rear wheels via AMG’s 7-speed Speedshift MCT, which offers Controlled Efficiency, Sport, Sport Plus and Manual driving modes. Performance figures, have, of course, increased. It’ll take the ‘standard’ E63 4,2 seconds to get to 100 km/h, which is 0,1 seconds faster than before, while the S Model will do it in a mere 3,6 seconds – that’s more than half a second quicker than before according to Merc. Top speeds are still limited to 250 and 300 km/h respectively.

On the green front, it does come with automatic stop/start and brake energy recuperation, CO2 and fuel consumption figures remain unchanged. Those figures are 230 g/km and 9,8 l/100 km, or 242 g/km and 10,3 l/100 km if you go for the S Model.

We’ll be on the international launch of the new E-Class at the end of this month, so stay tuned for our thoughts then!

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