2018 Mercedes-AMG E63 & E63 S Get Up To 603HP, Hit 62MPH – 100KM/H As Low As 3.4 Sec

Mercedes’ AMG division has introduced the new generation E63 and E63 S models, with the latter being the most powerful and fastest E-Class of all time.

Revealed on Wednesday ahead of a world premiere at next month’s Los Angeles Auto Show, the duo of 2018 E63 sedans have dropped the outgoing models’ 5.5-liter twin-turbocharged V8 for AMG’s smaller displacement, but more potent, 4.0-liter force-fed V8, and now get standard 4MATIC four-wheel drive across the range.

In the base E63, the eight-cylinder lump churns out 563hp (571PS) and 553 lb-ft (750Nm) for a 0-60mph in 3.4 sec (0-100km/h in 3.5 sec), while in ‘S’ guise, it produces 604hp (612PS) and 627 lb-ft (850Nm) allowing Merc’s M5 rival to reach 60mph in 3.3 sec (100km/h in 3.3 sec). Both models have a restricted top speed of 155mph (250km/h), though the available AMG Driver’s package raises the limit to 186mph (300km/h).

If for any reason you want to show your frugal side by cutting down on fuel consumption, the new V8 can be turned into a four-pot via the cylinder deactivation system that’s available in the “Comfort” transmission program the between 1,000 and 3,250 rpm.

A standard nine-speed Speedshift MCT (Multi Clutch Technology) automatic transmission with steering wheel paddles channels power to all four wheels. While Mercedes doesn’t offer the option of a rear-wheel drive only model anymore, the E63 S 4MATIC does come with a special ‘Drift Mode’ feature that delivers power exclusively to the rear wheels as standard. The mode is activated in the “Race” drive program using the shift paddles, provided that ESP is deactivated and the transmission is in manual mode, and it remains engaged until the driver deactivates it again.

Predictably, AMG has made all sorts of upgrades to the E63’s chassis, which include a specially tuned Air Body Control system, new suspension parts on both ends, a mechanical rear differential lock, three-stage ESP, and an electromechanical speed-sensitive sports steering. Stopping power comes courtesy of a high-performance braking system with 360mm discs sporting six pot calipers up front and 360mm discs with single pot calipers at the back for the E63, and larger 390mm front discs for the ‘S’. Optionally, Mercedes offers ceramic carbon discs measuring 402mm up front and 360mm at the rear.

You’ll be able to tell the E63s apart from their lesser E-Class siblings through the model-specific front grille, bumpers, extended wheel arches that house 19-inch rims (the ‘S’ gets 20-inch wheels), four-pipe exhausts and a discrete rear spoiler, with AMG also spiffing up the interior with unique trims.

After its LA show debut, the new E63s will go on sale next March in Europe and from the summer of 2017, in North America. An estate version will be introduced next year.

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  • Kash

    only 603hp and 627 ft.lbs? I guess that’s enough for this segment.

  • B.Stokes

    Slightly ridiculous, which is why I love AMG….. Hoping they finally make an AMG version of the E-Class coupe. I’m too tall for a C-Class coupe and the S-Class coupe is too large for sporting.

    • BGM

      I guess for every one of these they’ll sell 10 S65s

  • THE BULK THE AIR INTAKES ADD MAKE IT LOOK LIKE A TRUCK, A MERCEDES TRUCK.

    • Tumbi Mtika

      Did you see the X-Class concept?

  • Elmediterraneo

    V8 4.0 liter lightweight, 612 PS, 850 Nm of torque, 0-100 in 3,4s, cylinder deactivation, Eco start-stop…
    Finally this 4.0 liter AMG get to the next level and be also compatible with the 9 speed MCT and the 4Matic+ with Drift mode. That 612 hp version will also power the next GLE 63S, CLS 63S, GLS 63, S63, G63 and maybe the next SL63 too on the MSA platform.
    In the same line-up as this new 4.0 liter 612 hp, the V12 65 is useless. Why ?
    – Because the engine response is slower, heavy and uncompatible with the MCT gearbox.
    – It’s too overpriced for an engine which has nearly 20 years old for the 5.8 NA basis and 14 years for that current 6.0 Biturbo AMG-engineered.
    – The maintenance cost would be the same as any 12 cylinder engine but the depreciation is terrible for any BMW, Audi or Mercedes with 12 cylinder. Even if these are good cars having that kind of engines in a Aston Martin, Bentley or Rolls-Royce is better for the value of the car because we don’t find badges of those brands on a 4 cylinder diesel.

  • Tumbi Mtika

    Hit 62MPH – 100KM/H

    How do you hit 62 mph FROM 62 mph?

    • TheHake

      Hard man. You hit it HARD.

  • MultiKdizzle

    60 mph in 3.3 sec!!!

  • TedNotTheBear

    I think I’d take this over the yet-to-be-released M5. Thing looks so sinister and makes a bigger statement than the C63s.

    • Andrewthecarguy

      I’m the opposite. New M5 all the way. I’m thinking the numbers will be better on the M5. Fingers crossed.

  • Honda NSX-R

    Not a Mercedes fan, but I really like this

  • AstonMartin

    The next generation BMW M5 is going to have its hands full with this incredible E63S on the prowl. Can’t wait until that battle.

    • Andrewthecarguy

      Throw the CTS-V into that mix. 640hp is no joke.

      • AstonMartin

        True. I have great respect for the CTS-V. As the old saying goes, there is no replacement for displacement. The thought of those three sedans on a test track generating that level of power and performance is the reason I’m an enthusiast.

        • Andrewthecarguy

          Couldn’t agree more. My vote is for the M5, regardless of the outcome 😉

  • TheHake

    Fark! Yes please.

    • Xandao

      Now this is a good looking car!

    • Andrewthecarguy

      Yes please…but when will it see the light of day?

      • Patience is virtue of strongmen… 2017 is close…

        • Kaisuke971

          Isn’t 2017 for the Stelvio SUV though ?

          • Stelvio will be presented in a few weeks in November…. Alfetta will release in late 2017

  • Hrvoje Belajec

    AMG All Mighty God

  • R1S0

    awesome car, best in merc range right now…

  • An Existing Person

    I think I found my next car.

  • BGM

    I can’t stand that a car so choke full of technology has a column mounted shifter. You can probably direct the Russian space program with the computer power in it but apparently MB can’t be bothered to come up with a more modern and elegant solution.

  • Ermal Morina

    Fucking beast.Amg the way to go for sure