The E63 AMG line for 2014 features a new S-Model with 577 horsepower and 590 lb.-ft. of torque as well as a newly developed performance-oriented AMG 4MATIC all-wheel-drive system. The AMG 5.5-liter V8 biturbo engine continues to be a pinnacle of efficiency – an unusual combination of high performance and high fuel mileage that remains unrivaled worldwide in its market segment.
Mercedes-AMG continues to champion performance, dynamic purpose and efficiency: Alongside the successful SUVs – ML63 AMG, GL63 AMG and G63 AMG – five unique models in the E-Class and CLS-Class lines are now equipped with a standard high-performance AMG 4MATIC system, including other E 63 AMG models, now with 550 horsepower and 531 lb.-ft. of torque. With this step, Mercedes-AMG is premiering high-performance passenger cars with an all-wheeldrive system geared to sporty driving.
With the introduction of these new, custom-tailored models, Mercedes-AMG offers its customers more individuality than before. The exclusive S-Models are even more appealing than the popular AMG Performance packages they replace. And, S-Models are a cornerstone of the AMG product philosophy; more AMG high-performance vehicles will be available as S-Models in the future. A significant price/value increase also adds to their appeal – E63 AMG customers now enjoy more power and improved handling, as well as a more extensive package of standard equipment.
In addition to the highly successful sport utility vehicles – ML63 AMG, GL63 AMG, and G63 AMG– Mercedes-AMG now offers the E 63 AMG, CLS 63 AMG and CLA45 AMG passenger car lines with performance-oriented AMG 4MATIC all-wheel drive.
|E63 AMG 4MATIC Sedan||E63 AMG S 4MATIC Sedan / Wagon|
|Displacement||5,461 cc||5,461 cc|
|Horsepower||550 at 5,250 - 5,750 rpm||577 at 5,500 rpm|
|Torque (lb.-ft.)||531 at 1,750 - 5,000 rpm||590 at 2,000 - 4,500 rpm|
|Acceleration 0 – 60 mph||3.6 seconds||3.5 seconds (Wagon: 3.6 seconds)|
|Top speed (electronically limited)||155 mph||186 mph|
With 0-60 mph acceleration in 3.5 seconds, the E63 AMG S-Model 4MATIC is clearly at the top of its competitive line-up. In addition to its increased power, the special edge of the S-Model can also be attributed in no small part to performance-oriented all-wheel drive with a 33 : 67 front-rear power distribution. Ideal traction during acceleration minimizes wheel slip, and its electronically limited top speed stands at 186 mph.
On the new S-Model, the AMG 5.5-liter V8 biturbo engine produces 577 horsepower and 590 lb.-ft. of torque, an increase of 27 hp over the optional AMG Performance Package that was previously available. This enhanced performance results from adapted engine electronics and increased turbo boost pressure, from 0.9 to 1.0 bar (with 550 hp and 531 lb.-ft. of torque, the normal E63 AMG model also boasts an increase of 32 hp over its predecessor). Despite added power and enhanced performance, all models offer high fuel mileage and low exhaust emissions. The AMG 5.5-liter V8 biturbo engine remains the most efficient high-performance V8 engine in production.
Custom-tailored settings are among the many strengths of the AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-Speed sports transmission. Four drive programs, "C" (Controlled Efficiency), "S" (Sport), "S+" (Sport plus) and "M" (Manual), provide each driver with a personal setup.
In "C" mode, gearshifts are smooth and comfortable. The ECO start/stop feature is active, turning off the V8 engine when the car is at a standstill, and the car generally starts in second gear. In the "S", "S+" and "M" modes, the engine and transmission are noticeably more agile, and the ECO start/stop function is off. Perfectly tailored to a sporty driving style, momentary suppression of ignition and injection during full-throttle shifts results in even faster gearshifts that sound great, too. Automatic rev-matching during downshifts and RACE START are also among the standard features of the AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-Speed sports transmission.
The performance-oriented AMG 4MATIC all-wheel drive distributes engine torque at a ratio of 33 : 67 between the front and rear wheels. This rear-biased torque split provides for superlative driving fun and handling. The 3-stage ESP® has been tailored specifically to the full-time, all-wheel drive system. In "SPORT Handling" mode, the Torque Vectoring Brake performs selective braking on individual wheels for outstanding agility. Briefly braking the inside rear wheel provides impressively neutral steering response during turn-in.
The heart of the AMG 4MATIC all-wheel drive system is a transfer case with an additional power take-off to the front wheels. Neatly integrated into the AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-Speed sports transmission, the transfer case takes up virtually no extra space. Torque is transferred from the power take-off via a propeller shaft to the front differential, and power goes to the left front wheel via an intermediate shaft that passes through a sealed duct in the engine oil pan. This compact design results in relatively low extra weight for the allwheel- drive system – only 155 lbs. A multi-plate clutch with a locking force of 37 lb.-ft. helps modulate the transfer of torque to all four wheels when needed.
Mercedes-AMG goes a step further on the E63 AMG S-Model with a standard limited-slip differential that’s installed within the rear final drive. This hightech package increases traction even further, providing even better vehicle dynamics and more driving fun, especially on the racetrack.
All E63 AMG models feature the AMG Adaptive Sports Suspension which features an electronically controlled damping system. Pressing a button marked with a shock absorber symbol in the AMG DRIVE UNIT is sufficient to switch the electronics from "Comfort" to "Sport" or "Sport Plus." The front wheels use a steel-spring suspension system, while the rear axle is fitted with a load-leveling air suspension system.
The three-link front suspension has been further optimized on the S-Model and the normal E63 AMG with all-wheel drive. Newly developed aluminum control arms enhance grip and agility as well as neutral steering during fast cornering. More performance-oriented elastokinematics are exclusive to the S-Model, offering the driver more neutral handling and even better feedback and wheel grip at the critical limits. Wider front track (0.9 inches or 2.4 cm) provides greater stability at higher cornering speeds and improved road feel. Increased negative camber on all wheels also helps boost cornering performance.
AMG’s electromechanical speed-sensitive steering complements the vehicle set-up. A rack-and-pinion steering ratio of 14:1 ensures agile handling in curves, and its variable power assist changes depending on the selected suspension mode.
The high-performance S-Model features exclusive 10-spoke light-alloy wheels painted titanium gray with a high-sheen rim flange, while the normal E63 AMG is fitted with silver 10-spoke light-alloy wheels. Both models are equipped with 255 / 35 tires mounted on 9 x 19-inch wheels at the front, while 9.5 x 19 rear wheels carry 285 / 30 tires.
The E63 AMG is equipped with an extremely powerful AMG high-performance braking system befitting its status as an AMG automobile. The front and rear axles sport ventilated and perforated brake discs measuring an ample 360 millimeters in diameter. The highly stressed and strained discs on the front axle feature composite technology which has been tried and tested in motorsport. Six-piston front calipers painted silver with white AMG lettering and four-piston calipers in the rear ensure instant, fade-resistant deceleration and the shortest stopping distances. Red-painted brake calipers distinguish the S-Model.
The E63 AMG is equipped with a high-performance AMG braking system that features 14.2-inch ventilated and perforated brake discs on the front and rear wheels. The front discs, which get especially hot, feature AMG’s compound disc technology that has been extensively tested in the field of motorsport. On the normal E63 AMG, brake calipers with a grey finish and white AMG lettering incorporate six pistons up front and four pistons at the rear, for quick, fade-resistant braking and short stopping distances.
An AMG ceramic composite brake system is exclusively available for the S-Model as an option – recognizable by even larger 15.8 inches brake discs with an "AMG Carbon Ceramic" logo on bronze metallic calipers. The incredible hardness of ceramic brake discs provide greater resistance to extreme heat and ensure longer service life. This ceramic system is also about 40 percent lighter, reducing unsprung mass, which in turn enhances handling, agility and ride comfort.
The E63 AMG also looks more dynamic than its predecessor. The new AMG design philosophy is apparent even at first glance. The "twin blade" radiator grille and the "A-wing" in the AMG front apron dominate its exclusive appearance. The new "A-wing" is a three-dimensional air deflector that spans the entire width of the AMG front apron, presenting a stylized "A" that is a hallmark of AMG vehicles. The body-color "A-wing" with a trim strip in silver chrome provides a backdrop for three large cooling air intake openings. On the side air intakes, black flics ensure an ideal inflow of air into the cooling system, while at the bottom, a body-color front splitter helps to reduce lift.
Convex and concave surfaces sculpturally join the new front end of the E63 AMG to the distinctive flared fenders, where "V8 BITURBO" lettering hints at what’s under the front hood. At the rear of the car, side air outlets, black mesh and the two chrome-plated dual tailpipes of the AMG sport exhaust system emphasize the width of the vehicle. A black diffuser insert with pronounced fins lends the rear of the E 63 AMG a strong touch of racetrack ambiance.
The E63 AMG S-Model can be indentified by red brake calipers and the AMG logo on the trunk lid that sports an "S" in contrasting black. Accented by silver seat belts, the standard black premium nappa leather interior of the S-Model features contrasting gray stitching on the AMG sports seats, center door panels, door arm rests, steering wheel and center console. The rim of the AMG Performance steering wheel in black Premium leather boasts grip areas in Alcantara® and is flattened at the top and bottom. In the S-Model, the front head restraints of the AMG sports seats feature the AMG crest embossed directly into the premium leather. The AMG instrument cluster also reveals an "S AMG" logo on the speedometer and red accents on the dials. Illuminated AMG door sill panels with white backlighting complete the range of equipment and appointments exclusive to the S-Model.
What started with the PRE-SAFE® system and continued with DISTRONIC PLUS has resulted in a new dimension of driving at Mercedes-Benz: comfort and safety merge into one environment called "Intelligent Drive." In the EClass, a host of new or optimized systems celebrate their world premiere, making driving more comfortable and safer.
Along with new, state-of-the-art sensors and networked electronics, Mercedes- Benz has made a major step forward with the introduction of a stereo multipurpose camera, positioned behind the windshield near the rear-view mirror. Featuring two "camera eyes" set at an angle of 45 degrees with an overall range of 500 meters, the new camera produces a 3D view of the 50 yards in front of the vehicle. Smart electronics continually analyze these 3D images to identify and classify (both spatially and in terms of movement) vehicles that are driving ahead, oncoming or crossing, as well as pedestrians and a variety of traffic signs and road markings within a wide field of vision.
At the same time as the stereo multipurpose camera, Mercedes-Benz is also introducing improved versions of the multistage radar sensor system. The EClass sedans and wagons come standard-equipped with COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST, a radar-based collision warning system with Brake Assist that helps to reduce the risk of a rear-end collision.
Also standard is ATTENTION ASSIST, which is now able to warn of inattentiveness and drowsiness across a wider speed range, and can inform drivers about their level of fatigue and driving time since the last break. It also offers an adjustable sensitivity level.
In addition, a number of assistance systems which are either new or now feature significantly extended functions are available as options. The following is an overview of these innovations:
A highlight among the optional equipment for the E63 AMG models is the Bang & Olufsen BeoSound AMG high-end surround sound system. Mercedes-Benz and AMG have created a high-end sound system in conjunction with renowned Danish audio specialist Bang & Olufsen.
Capable of Dolby Digital 5.1 playback, the audio system provides an exclusive music experience with unparalleled sound, not only because of its 1,200-watt amplifier and 14 high-end speakers with neodymium drivers, but also due to the distribution of music signals that are controlled by an integrated digital sound processor (DSP).
The DSP provides the option of selecting a special B&O sound menu on the COMAND system. In True Image™ mode, individual sound settings for the front, center and rear can be selected. The effect: a realistic sound experience at the selected listening position. The "Sound Mode" menu also has various preset sound modes that allow choices between a high-end "Reference" studio sound and surround sound. While "Reference" puts the focus on reproducing the artist's sound, the special surround sound mode delivers a spacious sound experience. In particular, live recordings or concertos result in a unique panoramic sound within the vehicle without altering the natural sound of the recording.
Illuminated 50-watt tweeters with acoustic lens technology, arranged in the mirror triangle, add special highlights, while high-end speaker covers in silver chrome with Bang & Olufsen logos also identify this exceptional high-end surround sound system.