Only scheduled to appear on the U.S. market in mid-September, the revamped 2012 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG is better, yet not more expensive than the previous generation model, which means that pricing should start at $87,600. The outgoing E63 is still a great car, but the updated model clearly sports several improvements that make it even more alluring.
So let’s start in the engine department. Powered by a M157 biturbo 5.5-liter V8 engine, the new E63 shares its new powertrain with this year’s CLS63 AMG. It boasts 518 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. The $12,900 AMG Performance Package will push those figures to an impressive 550 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque. All this power is sent to the wheels via a 7-speed AMG Speedshift MCT transmission with comfortable E-Select shift lever that works easily and with great precision. Intuitive shift paddles have also been mounted on the updated steering wheel. Improved performance is complemented by improved fuel consumption: 22 percent less.
When the 19-inch Continental ContiSportContact rubbers rush on the road, they stay perfectly planted on the surface, only letting go a bit in some curves, for a completely safe road experience. Steering is also very accurate and the road noise and vibrations are industry-leading stuff. The 2.2-inches wider front axel (as compared to the regular E-class models) contributes to the overall pleasurable driving experience by improving the car’s handling. Grand Prix winner David Coulthard’s comment after getting behind the wheel was: “What I find so good about this E63 now is the bite of the low-rev torque when I need it.”
The E63 AMG sport wagon has also been confirmed for the U.S. market and the news is just great. Even though the white paint job wouldn’t be our first choice, the vehicle is definitely a stunner with its 68.9 cubic feet of luggage space and an impressive 174 mph maximum speed. Priced a little higher than the sedan (approx. $90,000), the sport wagon is just as entertaining as the smaller model. So when these babies make it on the other side of the pond, they will definitely find a lot of fans around the country.