Mercedes E63 AMG facelift

14 Jan, 2013 5:30pm Luke Madden

Full details of the facelifted Mercedes E63 AMG, following its debut at the Detroit Motor Show

The Mercedes E63 AMG isn’t exactly short on power, but that hasn’t stopped Mercedes from giving the facelifted version some extra shove to go with its new look. There’s even a new S-Model version that can cover 0-62mph in just 3.6 seconds.

In standard trim, the E63 AMG saloon now gets an extra 31bhp and 20Nm of torque, taking the 5.5-litre twin-turbo V8 to 549bhp and 720Nm, and dropping the 0-62mph time by a tenth to 4.2 seconds. Emissions and economy figures remain the same, at 230g/km and 28.8mpg.

The potent E63 AMG S-Model arrives with the facelifted model, and is available in saloon and estate forms, developing 577bhp and 800Nm in both. The estate takes one-tenth of a second longer to cover 0-62mph, at 3.7 seconds. Ever version has an electronically limited top speed of 155mph, and all use the same AMG auto box, which incorporates stop-start in ECO mode and launch control when the Sport Plus setting is selected.

Adaptive sports suspension is standard, while S-Model cars get a differential lock and revised suspension geometry to improve the sharpness of its handling. Optional carbon-ceramic brakes on all four wheels are also available on the S-Model.

All E63s get the same lights as the rest of the revised E-Class range, plus aggressive styling details like the new AMG ‘A-Wing’ in the front bumper, which will become a new hallmark design feature for AMG’s future range of cars.

The revised E63 AMG and S-Model cars will be launched in June, and we expect a small price rise compared to the current model for the standard E63, while Mercedes UK is currently finalising the cost of the new S-Model.

UK buyers are limited to just rear-wheel drive AMG E-Class models. However, in left-hand drive markets, the E-Class AMGs will be offered with the latest version of Mercedes’ 4MATIC four-wheel drive system, to make best use of the extra power now on offer.