Mercedes-AMG continues to champion performance, dynamism and efficiency: the new Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG is now available as a particularly powerful S-Model with an output of 430 kW (585 hp), 800 Newton metres of torque and featuring a newly developed performance-oriented AMG 4MATIC all-wheel-drive system. The AMG 5.5-litre V8 biturbo engine continues to be the absolute pinnacle of efficiency: the combination of high performance and low fuel consumption remains unrivalled by any other competitor in the segment worldwide. The permanent all-wheel drive is also optionally available for the other Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG models - on which the V8 engine has been uprated from 386 kW (525 hp) to 410 kW (557 hp), with 720 Nm of torque. With this range, Mercedes-AMG is premiering high-performance passenger car models with an all-wheel-drive system geared to driving dynamics.
The launch of the new, customised model variants will offer Mercedes-AMG customers greater scope for individuality than ever before. The new E63 AMG presents a more powerful character and a more dynamic appearance than all its predecessors: the new AMG design philosophy is immediately apparent at first glance, with the new "twin blade" radiator grille and the new "A-wing" in the AMG front apron defining the exclusive look. As previously, the top AMG model is available as a Saloon and Estate. The Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG's appeal is also boosted by substantially enhanced value for money: customers now receive more performance and driving dynamics and a broader scope of standard equipment and appointments.
The CLS63 AMG also benefits from the new model range constellation: similarly to the E63 AMG, the CoupÃ© and Shooting Brake will also be available with performance-oriented AMG 4MATIC all-wheel drive. Alongside the successful SUVs - ML63 AMG, GL63 AMG, G63 AMG and G65 AMG - two passenger car model ranges comprising up to eight unique models with all-wheel drive are now available from Mercedes-AMG in the guise of the Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG and the CLS63 AMG. Additional models featuring performance-oriented AMG 4MATIC all-wheel drive, such as the A45 AMG and the CLA45 AMG, will follow in 2013.
"'Driving Performance' encapsulates the philosophy pursued at Mercedes-AMG," explains Ola KÃ¤llenius, Chairman of Mercedes-AMG GmbH. The new model variants of the E63 AMG and CLS63 AMG clearly demonstrate how we are now offering our customers even more individuality. The S-Models in particular represent the most attractive proposition in the segment, boasting substantially enhanced value for money: the highest power and torque ratings in the segment, the new performance-oriented AMG 4MATIC all-wheel drive, the new design and substantially more standard equipment and appointments are the outstanding strengths of the new high-performance automobiles from Affalterbach. With the new all-wheel-drive S-Models we will reach new customers and markets."
"With the exclusive S-Models, we have sharpened the dynamic profile of the Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG and the CLS63 AMG substantially," adds Tobias Moers, head of overall vehicle development and member of the management board of Mercedes-AMG GmbH. "These high power and torque ratings are exclusive to AMG. Our AMG 5.5-litre V8 engine remains the most efficient series production V8 engine in the world. The newly developed, performance-oriented AMG 4MATIC all-wheel drive attains the best acceleration values in the segment, as well as offering our customers markedly higher driving dynamics than ever before."
Acceleration to 100 km/h from a standing start in 3.6 seconds provides the Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG S-Model with a comfortable lead over the entire competition; the top speed stands at 250 km/h (electronically limited). In addition to the increase in output, this is also attributable in no small part to the performance-oriented AMG 4MATIC all-wheel drive with a power distribution ratio of 33 to 67 percent (front/rear axle). Perfect traction during acceleration effectively avoids slip-induced losses.
On the new S-Model the AMG 5.5-litre V8 biturbo engine generates a maximum output of 430 kW (585 hp) and maximum torque of 800 Newton metres - representing an increase of 20 kW (28 hp) over the AMG Performance package which was previously available as an option. This enhanced performance and power results from adaptation of the engine application, an increase in peak pressure and a rise in the charge pressure from 0.9 to 1.0 bar. At 410 kW (557 hp) and 720 Newton metres, the basic model also boasts an increase of 24 kW (32 hp) and 20 Newton metres over its predecessor.
Despite added power and enhanced performance, all models of the Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG offer high efficiency, low fuel consumption and low exhaust emissions. The AMG 5.5-litre V8 biturbo engine remains the most efficient series production V8 engine around - with substantially more cubic capacity than its direct competitors. The E63 AMG rated at 410 kW (557 hp) with rear-wheel drive runs on 9.8 litres of fuel per 100 kilometres in accordance with NEDC (230 grams of CO2). The variant with performance-oriented 4MATIC all-wheel drive and the S-Model rated at 430 kW (585 hp) with all-wheel drive display only marginally higher fuel consumption, at 10.3 to 10.5 litres per 100 km (242 grams to 246 grams of CO2). As an additional boon, following the implementation of internal engine measures all E63 AMGs meet the requirements of the stringent Euro 6 emissions standard which will not enter into force until 2015.
The market launch of the new Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG with rear-wheel drive will begin in April 2013, with the all-wheel-drive E63 AMG and the E63 AMG S-Model following in June.
Engine: Top on power and efficienc
The AMG 5.5-litre V8 biturbo engine in the Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG delivers signature AMG high performance on all fronts. From top speed through torque generation, power delivery, engine sound and suitability for long trips to hallmark Mercedes reliability, the eight-cylinder engine with an output of up to 430 kW (585 hp) meets high expectations and leads the way in its segment. Today's challenges also include peak performance in terms of efficiency. The E63 AMG continues to set new standards here - the AMG 5.5-litre V8 biturbo engine remains the most efficient series production V8 engine around. A look at the fuel consumption picture confirms its outstanding credentials: running on 9.8 litres per 100 kilometres in NEDC combined mode (E63 AMG Saloon with rear-wheel drive), the E63 AMG demonstrates in impressive fashion how fascinating dynamics and low fuel consumption can be combined to perfection.
As previously, the Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG is available in a choice of two power ratings: as the basic model with an output of 410 kW (557 hp) and 720 Newton metres of torque and as the S-Model rated at 430 kW (585 hp) and generating up to 800 Newton metres of torque. This represents an increase of up to 24 kW (32 hp) and 20 Newton metres in comparison to the respective predecessor models. The technical basis for this uprating results from adaptation of the engine application, an increase in peak pressure and a rise in the charge pressure from 0.9 to 1.0 bar. The engine experts at AMG have achieved compliance with the requirements of the particularly stringent EU6 emissions standard, which will not become mandatory until 2015, by optimising the injection timing with the aid of multiple fuel injection and by modifying the European on-board diagnostics.
From power delivery to engine sound, the AMG 5.5-litre V8 biturbo engine (internal designation M 157) makes every mile a sheer delight. The E63 AMG picks up speed with effortless poise. A key factor here is the unique torque curve of the supercharged eight-cylinder engine from the AMG hand-finishing section in Affalterbach: 720 Newton metres of torque are available in the broad rev range from 1750 to 5250 rpm, the Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG S even disposing of as much as 800 Newton metres between 1750 and 5000 rpm. This results in vast pulling power in every speed range.
The technical highlights of the AMG eight-cylinder engine include:
Two exhaust gas turbochargers located next to the cylinder banks supply the eight cylinders with fresh air. At their maximum speed of 185,000 rpm under full load, the two turbochargers force 1750 kg of air per hour into the combustion chambers. Thanks to their special, compact design - the turbine housings are welded to the exhaust manifold - there are significant space advantages, and the catalytic converters also heat up more rapidly.
The AMG V8 dispenses with the customary blow-off valve. This has enabled an extremely compact design for the compressor housing. To ensure agile responsiveness with no time lag, all the air ducts in the intake tract are as short as possible. The AMG experts have enabled the wastegate valve, which reduces the pressure in the exhaust system during negative load changes, to be vacuum-controlled via an electropneumatic converter. This allows dethrottling under partial loads, which in turn lowers the fuel consumption.
As was already the case in the AMG 6.0-litre V12 biturbo engine, the eight-cylinder direct-injection unit uses particularly efficient air/water intercooling. The low-temperature cooler with its water circulation is space-savingly accommodated within the V of the cylinder banks. It effectively cools down the intake air compressed by the turbochargers before it enters the combustion chambers, and maintains a constantly lower intake temperature under full load. The large radiator at the car's front end ensures defined cooling of the water circulating in the low-temperature circuit. Extremely short charge-air ducting makes for optimum responsiveness. The stainless-steel pressure pipes for the fresh and charge air are produced by the hydroforming process, have a wall thickness of only 0.8 millimetres and are designed for very low pressure loss.
All-aluminium crankcase with Silitec cylinder liners
The crankcase for the AMG 5.5-litre V8 biturbo engine is made of diecast aluminium. The low (dry) engine weight of 204 kilograms is the result of uncompromising lightweight construction methods and gives the vehicle balanced weight distribution. The bearing cover for the main crankshaft bearings, made of grey cast iron, is bolted to the crankcase for high rigidity. Cast-in Silitec cylinder liners ensure that the eight pistons operate with low friction.
Drilled ventilation holes in the crankcase lead to a higher output and fuel savings under partial load: above the bearing blocks there are longitudinally drilled holes which connect the adjacent crankcase cavities. Normally the upward and downward movement of the pistons causes air to be forced into and extracted from the sump, which leads to increased resistance and therefore a reduction in output. The ventilation holes prevent this by ensuring effective pressure compensation between the cavities.
The forged crankshaft made of high-grade 38MnS6BY steel alloy (a combination of the chemical elements manganese, sulphur, boron and yttrium) rotates in five main bearings, has eight counterweights and has been optimised with respect to torsional rigidity, inertia, low rotating masses and a long operating life. A two-mass viscous damper mounted at the front reliably eliminates vibrations. Each connecting rod journal on the crankshaft carries two forged, cracked connecting rods. In the interests of low mechanical friction and high wear resistance, the lightweight pistons have a metallic contact surface. Pressure-controlled oil-spray nozzles in the crankcase ensure that the highly stressed piston crowns are efficiently cooled.
Four-valve technology with variable camshaft adjustment
Perfect charging of the combustion chambers is ensured by large intake and exhaust valves, of which there are two per cylinder. The exhaust valves, which are subject to high thermal loads, are sodium-cooled and hollow in order to reduce weight. Four overhead camshafts operate the 32 valves via low-maintenance, low-friction cam followers. The infinitely variable camshaft adjustment within a range of 40 degrees on the intake and exhaust sides depends on the engine load and engine speed, leading to outstanding output and torque values. This also results in consistent idling at a low speed.
Depending on the engine speed, valve overlap can be varied for the best possible fuel/air supply to the combustion chambers and efficient removal of the exhaust gases. The variable camshaft adjustment is carried out electromagnetically via four pivoting actuators, and is controlled by the engine control unit. The camshafts are driven by three high-performance silent chains, which have considerable advantages with regard to noise comfort compared to cylinder roller chains.
Innovative oil supply and water cooling
Efficient oil delivery under all load and operating conditions is ensured by an oil pump with an electrically controlled compression stage. The oil pressure can be varied between 2 and 4 bar, which has advantages in terms of friction and fuel consumption. An extraction stage integrated into the oil pump for the two turbochargers prevents oil from being entrained into the charge air and exhaust gases, thereby helping to reduce emissions even further. Both the sump and the extraction point have been optimised for maximum lateral acceleration and efficient lubrication. The oil capacity is 10.5 litres.
The combined water/oil cooling system represents an intelligent solution: after a cold start, initially the engine oil is only cooled via the oil/water heat exchanger. If the cooling performance of the very compact cooler is insufficient, the flow is additionally directed through the external engine oil/air cooler by an oil thermostat. The advantage of this system is that the engine oil heats up more rapidly, as the engine coolant warms up more quickly and the oil is later cooled by the coolant. A selectable water thermostat ensures rapid warming of the coolant when starting the engine and driving off. Large intakes in the new front apron of the E63 AMG ensure an effective flow of air to the water, engine oil, charge-air and transmission oil coolers.
The engine coolant is cooled using the particularly efficient crossflow principle. There is a transverse flow of coolant through both the crankcase and the cylinder heads. Additional cooling slots in the cylinder head allow more efficient cooling of the combustion chambers, which entails advantages during combustion, enabling earlier ignition timings to be chosen without incurring the risk of knocking.
Generator management and optimised belt drive
The ECO start/stop function, which in "Controlled Efficiency" mode shuts down the eight-cylinder engine every time the vehicle is stationary, is not the only feature contributing to low fuel consumption. Generator management also helps to enhance efficiency: whenever the engine is on the overrun or when braking, kinetic energy is used to charge the battery rather than being wasted as heat in the usual way. In all other operating modes a combination of onboard network and generator management enables the generator to be kept at a low voltage. This reduces the load on the engine and makes for fuel savings of around 0.15 litres per 100 kilometres according to the NEDC standard, and up to 0.2 litres per 100 km in city driving with its frequent overrun and braking phases.
Highly efficient engine electronics for every function
All the engine functions are executed and controlled by a particularly efficient control unit. This state-of-the-art engine computer not only controls direct petrol injection, charge pressure, camshaft adjustment and variable oil supply but also communicates with all the other onboard control units, such as those of the AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed sports transmission. The microprocessor has more than 30,000 different parameters and functions stored in its memory, and is able to perform up to 260 million individual operations per second. To reduce the load on the engine control unit, the eight individual ignition coils have an integral electronic module on each cylinder. This ensures a strong ignition spark at all engine speeds and under all load conditions. The highly precise fuel distribution of the piezo-electric injectors is handled by eight high-voltage output stages.
Lightweight AMG sports exhaust system for a characteristic sound signature
The twin-pipe AMG sports exhaust system has a pipe cross-section of 70 millimetres from the manifolds to the rear silencers. The sound design is characterised by a perfect synthesis of tangible dynamism and hallmark Mercedes comfort on long journeys. Emotional appeal during acceleration and double-declutching combines with the appropriate restraint at steady speeds. A distinctive, signature AMG eight-cylinder sound emanates from the striking chrome twin tailpipes of the sports exhaust system.
Engine production - a tradition of hand-built excellence
Like all AMG high-performance engines, the biturbo eight-cylinder engine is assembled by hand in the hand-finishing section at AMG, observing the most stringent quality standards. Highly qualified engine fitters assemble the M 157 according to the philosophy "one man, one engine". The signature on the characteristic AMG engine plate attests to the painstaking care exercised by the fitter.
Power transmission: All-wheel drive for perfect dynamics
The AMG SPEEDSHIFT 7-speed sports transmission and the new, performance-oriented AMG 4MATIC all-wheel drive complement the AMG 5.5-litre V8 biturbo engine to perfection. These two high-tech systems raise the driving dynamics of the Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG to a new, unprecedented level.
The performance-oriented AMG 4MATIC all-wheel drive is optionally available for the E63 AMG rated at 410 kW (557 hp). The E63 AMG S with 430 kW (585 hp) engine comes with all-wheel drive as standard. The technical basis is provided by a transfer case for the additional power take-off to the driven rear axle. This transfer case is integrated compactly into the AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed sports transmission and requires virtually no additional installation space. The torque is transmitted from the power take-off via a propeller shaft to the front axle. Power transmission from the front-axle differential to the front-left drive shaft is effected via an intermediate shaft which passes through an encapsulated shaft duct in the engine oil pan. The compact design results in additional weight of only around 70 kilograms.
In contrast to the series production vehicles, on the E-Class all-wheel drive models the engine torque is distributed to the front and rear axles at a ratio of 33 to 67 percent. This clearly rear-biased power distribution provides for signature AMG high driving dynamics and superlative driving enjoyment. The 3-stage ESPÂ® has been tailored specifically to the permanent all-wheel drive system. In "SPORT Handling" mode, ESPÂ® Curve Dynamic Assist performs selective braking intervention on individual wheels in the interests of high agility, thereby avoiding understeering when turning and cornering. In bends, specific brief braking of the inner rear wheel results in defined cornering of the vehicle.
The 3-stage ESPÂ® system offers three individual control strategies at the push of a button: the ESPÂ® button on the AMG DRIVE UNIT enables the driver to choose between the stages "ON", "SPORT Handling" mode and "OFF" - the display in the AMG instrument cluster indicates the currently active state. In "ESP ON" mode, the system initiates braking intervention on one or more wheels and reduces the engine torque on detecting that the operating conditions are becoming unstable. In "SPORT Handling" mode, the intervention thresholds in response to over- or understeering and the accompanying engine torque intervention allow higher levels of driving dynamics and corresponding drift angles. This provides for considerably enhanced driving enjoyment. Pressing the ESPÂ® button longer activates "ESP OFF". This mode avoids reducing the engine torque in the interests of greater driving dynamics and even more fun at the wheel. "ESP OFF" should only be used by experienced drivers on cordoned-off race tracks. In both "SPORT Handling" mode and "ESP OFF", all the ESPÂ® safety functions are available when braking.
Enhanced driving safety on wet or wintry road surfaces
The AMG 4MATIC all-wheel drive also enhances driving safety and grip on wet or wintry road surfaces. Optimum traction is guaranteed by a multi-disk clutch with a locking effect of 50 Newton metres which exploits the frictional connection potential of all four wheels to the full on snow and ice in particular. This set-up enables high levels of traction by harnessing the dynamic shift in axle load toward the rear that occurs during acceleration to deliver more drive torque to the rear wheels.
However, the multi-disc differential lock is also able to shift the drive torque between the front and rear axles, varying the split between 30:70 and 70:30 as the road conditions dictate. Consequently, intervention by the 3-stage ESPÂ®, 4ETS or ASR electronic control systems can be delayed for as long as possible and the bulk of the drive torque converted into tractive power, even on slippery roads. All control system interventions go virtually unnoticed, yet drivers still know straight away if they are driving near the limit, as a yellow warning symbol will flash in the AMG instrument cluster. This serves as a clear prompt to adapt the driving style to the road conditions.
E63 AMG S-Model with differential lock on the rear axle
The E63 AMG S sees Mercedes-AMG going one step further. True to AMG's "Driving Performance" brand claim, a mechanical differential lock is fitted on the rear axle of the most powerful E-Class model. This high-tech package results in a further increase in traction, ultimately leading to even greater driving dynamics and enhanced driving enjoyment, especially on the race track.
Exclusive AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed sports transmission
RACESTART, double-declutching function, seven gears, four transmission modes and stop/start function: the AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed sports transmission in the Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG combines extreme emotional appeal, maximum driving pleasure and optimum economy. The transmission boasts a thrilling combination of unique options which no other automotive manufacturer is able to offer in this format.
The sports transmission is exclusive to Mercedes-AMG and combines the sporty, direct and agile responsiveness of a manual transmission with the maximum comfort of an automatic transmission. MCT stands for Multi-Clutch Technology and indicates that only clutch elements are employed to perform gearshifts. A compact wet start-up clutch, which runs in an oil bath, replaces the conventional torque converter. Thanks to its low rotational inertia, the transmission responds instantaneously and dynamically without the losses typical of a torque converter transmission - thereby helping to save fuel. The AMG sports transmission also impresses with its low weight of just 80 kilograms, which has been made possible through the use of lightweight magnesium for the transmission housing. Vibrations are effectively eliminated by a new, two-stage torsion damper, with resulting benefits in perceived passenger comfort.
ECO start/stop function fitted as standard
The ECO start/stop function fitted as standard is permanently active in fuel-efficient "Controlled Efficiency" ("C") driving mode. Once the driver comes to a halt, e.g. at a red traffic light or in a traffic jam, the engine is automatically switched off. When the brake pedal is released or the accelerator is depressed, the engine is immediately restarted and the car is able to move off quickly. Intelligent technology guarantees a comfortable and immediate starting procedure: a crankshaft sensor which recognises the direction of rotation registers the rest position of all eight pistons. For an automatic engine start, the cylinder with the most favourable piston position receives an injection of fuel into its combustion chamber. The precise piezo-electric injectors greatly assist this process, as they make particularly fast starts possible.
The engine management system ensures that the engine is only switched off if certain preconditions are met. The starter battery must have sufficient charge, for example, and the engine must be at the necessary operating temperature for efficient emissions control. The same applies to the interior temperature selected by the driver: if this has not yet been reached, the engine is not switched off when the car comes to a stop. The onboard network management system ensures that active audio, telephone or video functions are not interrupted by the start/stop function.
A green "ECO" symbol shows the driver when the start/stop function is active. Should one of the above criteria be preventing activation of the system, this is shown in the central display by the message "Start/stop inactive" and a yellow "ECO" symbol. In the more performance-oriented driving modes "S" (Sport), "S+" (Sport plus) and "M" (Manual), the start/stop function is always deactivated.
Fuel-efficient Controlled Efficiency ("C") drive mode
In adapting the MCT sports transmission to the AMG 5.5-litre V8 biturbo engine, the AMG engineers paid special attention to the new driving mode Controlled Efficiency ("C"). The emphasis was on attaining minimum engine speeds in the highest possible gears for all driving situations. When moving off in "C", the transmission always selects second gear and shifts markedly early to the next-highest gears if the driving style permits. At 60 km/h for instance, sixth gear will already be engaged - improving not only fuel consumption but also noise levels. Thanks to its powerful, readily available torque even at low engine speeds, the AMG V8 biturbo unit is absolutely ideal for this style of driving. Controlled Efficiency also means convenient gearshifts and a "soft" accelerator response set-up for outstandingly smooth power transfer.
Drive modes "S", "S+" and "M" for even greater driving pleasure and dynamism
In addition to Controlled Efficiency ("C"), three transmission modes are available to meet the demands of drivers looking for a more dynamic ride: in "S" (Sport) mode, the engine and transmission take on a much more agile character. Accelerator pedal movements trigger a more direct traction response, making the downshifts more spontaneous. The engine speed is allowed to reach a higher level in each gear, while the gearshifts in "S" are around 25 percent faster than in "C". Turning the rotary switch on the AMG DRIVE UNIT a notch further to the right activates "S+" mode. Sport plus shifts the gears another 25 percent faster than in "S". The same applies to the manual shift mode "M". In "S+" and "M" modes, gearshifts at full throttle take just 100 milliseconds.
The engine management system also partially suppresses cylinders in "S", "S+" and "M" modes: precisely interrupting ignition and injection under full load for brief periods leads to even faster gearshifts than before. An appealing side effect of this lightning-fast process is a highly emotional sound in response to every gearshift with wide open throttle.
Ultra-fast, spontaneous multiple downshifts are another forte of the AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed sports transmission. For instance, kickdown allows gearshifts straight from seventh down to fourth gear, or from fifth to second. In the "S", "S+" and "M" driving modes the automatic double-declutching function is active. Every manual or automatic downshift is accompanied by precisely metered double-declutching - with increasing intensity from "S" through "S+" to "M". And this not only adds to the driver's emotional experience: the load-free downshift minimises load-change reactions, which pays particular dividends when braking into bends - and also enhances safety in the wet or on ice.
No automatic downshifts in manual "M" mode
In manual "M" mode the driver also benefits from the high torque of the V8 biturbo engine, as there is no automatic downshift under full load and kickdown; the transmission remains steadfastly in the selected gear. Moreover, the 7-speed sports transmission does not perform an automatic upshift in manual mode when the rev limit is reached. In "M" mode the AMG instrument cluster displays the current gear and provides the driver with a visual warning of the need for an upshift just before the needle reaches the red zone. This means that a particularly sporty driver can use the superior performance potential to its fullest extent. When approaching the lower rev limit, e.g. when braking the vehicle, there is an automatic downshift to the next lower gear.
The powerful electronic transmission control unit with integrated 200 MHz processor controls spontaneous downshifts - when the driver suddenly needs power for dynamic acceleration, for example.
AMG DRIVE UNIT with RACE START function
The AMG DRIVE UNIT is the central control unit for the AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed sports transmission and all driving dynamics functions. On the left next to the selector lever is the electronic rotary switch to select the four drive modes, including activation of the RACE START function. Underneath are three buttons for additional functions: the first controls the 3-stage ESPÂ®, the second the AMG RIDE CONTROL sports suspension.
The third, bearing AMG lettering, is used to store the personal set-up for transmission programme, suspension mode and 3-stage ESPÂ®. Briefly pressing the AMG button brings up the configuration options, whilst holding down the button allows you to programme the required set-up - this is confirmed by an audible signal. The current settings may be viewed in the AMG instrument cluster by pressing the AMG button at any time.
The Race Start function delivers maximum dynamism: while the vehicle is at a standstill, the driver is able to activate SPORT Handling mode and press the brake pedal with his left foot. Having preselected the Race Start program using the rotary switch, a confirmation message comes up on the AMG central display. The driver then simply needs to confirm the Race Start function by pulling the "Up" shift paddle once, fully depressing the accelerator and taking his foot off the brake. The optimum start-up engine speed is set fully automatically and the E63 AMG accelerates away with flawless traction - all the way up to top speed, if so required. The driver does not need to shift gear manually; the AMG MCT transmission changes gear in lightning-fast shift times.
Chassis, suspension and brake system: High-tech for maximum performance
High grip and exceptional agility are the defining characteristics of the AMG RIDE CONTROL sports suspension. The E63 AMG features a steel suspension system at the front axle and a full air suspension system at the rear axle. This solution guarantees sensitive response by the front suspension, while automatic level control ensures that the vehicle height at the rear remains constant at all times - irrespective of the load. The electronically controlled damping system comes as standard. The three-link front suspension on the S-Model and the 4MATIC variants has been further optimised for superlative driving dynamics. Newly developed aluminium axle components result in markedly enhanced grip and agility during fast cornering, combined with a high degree of neutrality. The S-Model features elastokinematics which are geared even more emphatically to high cornering performance. This results in more direct feedback, further improved grip and maximum neutrality at the critical limits.
In the interests of enhanced lateral dynamics all Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG variants - rear-wheel and all-wheel-drive - are provided with independent front suspension geometry. In contrast to the other E-Class models, the three-link suspension on the E63 AMG features a 48 mm wider track, independent wheel carriers, steering knuckles, wishbones, tension strut bearings and head bearings, plus increased negative camber. The combined effect of these measures is markedly greater stability at high cornering speeds and improved road feel. The AMG-specific rear axle also incorporates independent components: specific tie rods, tension struts and compressive members and the substantially more rigid carrier of the subframe on which the rear axle is mounted lead to higher cornering dynamics.
Selection of the suspension set-up on the AMG DRIVE UNIT
The AMG RIDE CONTROL sports suspension with electronically controlled damping system enables the driver to choose his personal suspension set-up in accordance with his individual driving needs. The button marked with a bumper is located on the AMG DRIVE UNIT to the left of the E-SELECT lever. The driver simply presses this button to switch the electronics from "Comfort" to "Sport" or "Sport plus". The currently active mode is indicated both on the lamp of the suspension button and in the AMG main menu.
"Comfort" delivers a sensitive response with soft damping characteristics, while the shock absorber response is an average 40 percent firmer in "Sport". "Sport plus" is ideal for challenging laps on a racetrack: in addition to the higher damping force, this mode comes with specific control algorithms that have been tailor-made for a decidedly sporty driving style on level road surfaces. The system also carries out instantaneous automatic adjustment of the damping characteristics and reduces the body roll angle according to the given driving situation, speed and vehicle load. This provides the driver with a means of infinitely variable adjustment between maximum agility and optimum ride comfort. For the E63 AMG Saloon with rear-wheel drive an AMG RIDE CONTROL performance suspension is optionally available with more rigid spring/damper tuning.
Eleven sensors for electronic damper control
The electronic damper control utilises four sensors to permanently monitor the drive and brake torque along with steering angle and lateral acceleration. Four position sensors are also used to determine the ride height and to ascertain the direction of motion. Three acceleration sensors help identify the absolute body roll. Powerful control electronics that interact constantly with the engine and transmission control units instantly adjust the forces at the four shock absorbers.
Direct electromechanical AMG speed-sensitive steering
The electromechanical AMG speed-sensitive steering enables perfect control of the vehicle: the steering ratio is 20 percent more direct than on the other E-Class models (14 : 1), providing for extremely agile handling in bends in conjunction with the variable servo assistance geared to the given suspension mode. In suspension mode "C" the AMG speed-sensitive steering operates at a higher level of power assistance, with an emphasis on comfort. In "S" and "S+" modes the driver is provided with a lesser degree of steering assistance, which tends to result in improved road feel. The fixed characteristics programmed for the power assistance provide for enhanced feedback and steering precision.
In the electromechanical AMG speed-sensitive steering system the steering gear and the supporting servo-motor form a single compact unit and are mounted as previously on an extremely rigid and low-weight integral support frame made of high-strength steel which is positioned in front of the wheel's centre line. The high-performance control unit processes a variety of parameters captured by the sensors - including vehicle speed, steering angle, steering angle speed, lateral acceleration and also understeer/oversteer characteristics - and in a split second calculates the forces which the driver needs to input into the steering in different driving situations - from parking to high-speed motorway driving. Active damping enhances the feeling of safety when driving straight ahead at high speed.
Specific AMG light-allow wheels for each model variant
The Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG rolls off the assembly line with model-specific AMG light-alloy wheels. 10-spoke AMG light-alloy wheels painted in titanium grey with high-sheen finish come as standard, with front tyres in size 255/40 R 18 on 9.0 x 18 wheels and rear tyres in 285/35 R 18 on 9.5 x 18 wheels. The tyre/wheel combinations on all 4MATIC variants and the E63 AMG S-Model are one size up: 255/35 R 19 (front) and 285/30 R 19 (rear) on AMG light-alloy wheels in 9.0 x 19 and 9.5 x 19 fit snugly in the wheel arches. Only the high-performance S-Model features exclusive 10-spoke light-alloy wheels painted in matt titanium grey with a high-sheen rim flange. A special option available from the AMG Performance Studio is particularly lightweight forged 5-spoke AMG light-alloy wheels with covered wheel bolts, painted in titanium grey with a high-sheen finish. Sizes: 9.0 x 19 with 255/35 R 19 tyres (front) and 9.5 x 19 with 285/30 R 19 tyres (rear).
A choice of two AMG high-performance composite braking systems
It goes without saying that all AMG high-performance automobiles guarantee spontaneous and fading-resistant deceleration and the shortest possible stopping distances. The front and rear axles on the E63 AMG sport ventilated and perforated brake disks in 360 millimetre format. In view of the special stress to which they are exposed, the front discs feature composite technology that has been tried and tested in motor racing to help offset temperature peaks more effectively. The models rated at 410 kW (557 hp) are identifiable by brake callipers in silver painted finish with white AMG lettering featuring six-piston technology at the front and four-piston technology at the rear. The S-Model features red painted brake callipers.
AMG ceramic composite high-performance brakes are exclusively available as an option for the Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG S 4MATIC and are recognisable thanks to the "AMG Carbon Ceramic" logo on the brake callipers sporting the model-specific paint finish. Thanks to the special materials and production technology used to manufacture the discs from carbon-fibre-reinforced ceramic in a vacuum at 1700 degrees Celsius, the ceramic discs are much harder. This not only increases the service life many times over compared with a grey cast iron disc, but also enhances their resistance to extreme loads and heat. This results in extremely short stopping distances, an exact pressure point and much higher fade resistance even under extreme operating conditions. The larger ceramic discs - front: 402 x 39 millimetres; rear: 360 x 32 millimetres - feature a composite design all round and are connected with a floating radial mount to an aluminium bowl.
Compared with the conventional composite brake discs, the ceramic brake discs are around 40 percent lighter. The further reduction in unsprung masses not only boosts driving dynamics and agility but also improves steering response as well as ride comfort and contact characteristics. Six-piston fixed callipers are fitted at the front with a brake lining surface of 2 x 154 cm2; four-piston fixed callipers with a brake lining surface of 2 x 73 cm2 are used at the rear.
Design and equipment: Even more individuality than ever
Distinctive, athletic, dynamic and offering greater individuality than ever - the design and equipment of the Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG. In the Saloon or Estate variant, the E63 AMG lives up to its role as the high-calibre top V8 model of the E-Class range in consummate style.
The new sculptural design idiom immediately sets the new model apart from its predecessor. The Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG presents the new AMG design philosophy. The new "A-wing" in the newly designed front apron provides the perfect backdrop for the "twin blade" radiator grille with two louvres in silver chrome and a large, centrally positioned Mercedes-Benz star. This three-dimensional design feature in the form of the stylised AMG signature "A" also serves as an air deflector for the three air openings. In particular, the two large air intake openings at the sides are defining features of the new front view, with the black flics above the openings ensuring an ideal inflow of air into the cooling modules. At the bottom of the front panel a front splitter helps to reduce lift. The E63 AMG is fitted with LED High-Performance LED headlamps.
Dynamic convex and concave surfaces on the front end combine sleekly with the distinctive 34 mm wider wheel arches. Behind the wheel cutout, "V8 BITURBO" lettering alludes to the superior engine power on board and identifies the E63 AMG as the top of the E-Class model range. Special side sill panels and attractive 10-spoke AMG light-alloy wheels painted in titanium grey with a high-sheen finish define the side view.
Dynamic and sporty features dominate the rear end, too: striking air outlet openings at the sides, the black grille, the diffusor insert with prominent vertical fins and the AMG sports exhaust system all highlight Mercedes-AMG's long traditions in the field of motor sport. The two sets of chrome twin tailpipes provide a look and sound befitting this racing lineage.
Even more striking design on the E63 AMG S-Model
A number of even more striking design features distinguish the Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG S 4MATIC from the other models. At the front, the "A-wing" is finished in high-gloss black, rather than the vehicle's body colour. The front splitter, the three-dimensional side sill panel inserts and the trim strip on the rear apron come in silver chrome. The twin tailpipes sport an exclusive design on the S-Model. The spoiler lip in the body colour on the boot lid reduces lift at the rear axle at high speeds (E63 AMG S 4MATIC Saloon only). Another highlight on the rear of the most powerful E-Class of all time is the AMG logo on the boot lid featuring an "S" in contrasting black.
Dynamic, sporty and exclusive interior
Inside, the Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG treats its occupants to a unique combination of business class comfort, exclusive quality, high-grade materials, excellent workmanship and hallmark AMG dynamism and sportiness. The three appointments colours black, silk beige and crystal grey in combination with various trim elements enable the interior to be configured in accordance with the owner's individual wishes. A new feature is the AMG-specific analogue clock in IWC design between the two central air vents.
The AMG sports seats in transverse fluting look feature electric adjustment, heating and AMG badges. All seats, armrests and door centre panels are covered in fine nappa leather. Characteristic features of the AMG Performance steering wheel are the flattened top and bottom rim sections, the grip areas covered in perforated leather and the aluminium shift paddles. The AMG instrument cluster welcomes the driver with a striking AMG logo on the colour TFT display. Three modes integrated in the AMG menus display information on the vehicle's current status: "Warm Up" indicates the temperatures of the engine oil and the cooling water; "Set Up" displays the current ESPÂ® mode, the suspension set-up - "Comfort", "Sport" or "Sport plus" - and the transmission mode - "C", "S", "S+" or "M". In "RACE" mode, the RACETIMER becomes available. The driver can use this to record lap times on a closed-off racing circuit. The gear display is located above the central display.
The AMG DRIVE UNIT in the centre console incorporates the E-SELECT lever with embossed AMG emblem, along with controls for the MCT sports transmission, the ESPÂ® functions, the suspension set-up and the AMG programme.
Fine differences distinguish the interior of the S-Model
Fine points of detail distinguish the high-calibre E63 AMG S 4MATIC from the other E63 AMG variants: in conjunction with a black interior, the AMG sports seats, the door centre panels, the door armrests, the centre console and the AMG Performance steering wheel feature grey contrasting topstitching. Silver seat belts provide an additional highlight in conjunction with the black interior. Nappa leather comes as standard for the S-Model. Embossed AMG emblems in the head restraints of the AMG sports seats add a special touch, as do the "S AMG" logo and red applications in the 320 km/h speedometer. The standard scope of equipment has also been upgraded once again. The Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG S 4MATIC comes with sill panels featuring white LED illumination, an electrically operated rear roller blind (Saloon only) and the anti-theft protection package.
The standard scope of equipment and appointments for all E63 AMG models includes (selection):
The following individualisation options are available (selection):
The AMG Business package is now optionally available for Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG customers who attach special importance to understatement. This tailor-made option comprises a discreetly designed rear apron from the AMG Sports package and a twin-pipe exhaust system with square tailpipe trims in polished stainless steel. The understated look of the Business package is rounded off by the omission of the model designation on the boot lid and the "V8 BITURBO" lettering on the wings. This option is available for all E63 AMG models.
Bang & Olufsen BeoSound AMG high-end surround sound system
A very special highlight among the optional equipment and appointments for the E-Class Saloon and Estate is the Bang & Olufsen BeoSound AMG high-end surround sound system, developed by Mercedes-Benz and Mercedesâ€‘AMG together with renowned Danish audio specialist Bang & Olufsen. The sound system also offers playback in Dolby Digital 5.1 quality and enables an exclusive audio experience of the very highest standard.
This performance is made possible by a 1200 W amplifier and 14 high-end loudspeakers with neodymium driver in conjunction with precision distribution of the audio signals by the sound processor. This integrated digital sound processor (DSP) enables the driver to select a special B&O sound menu via COMAND. Front, central or rear sound setups can be selected in True Imageâ„¢ mode, resulting in an authentic audio experience in the selected listening position. Various sound modes are additionally stored in the "Sound Mode" menu, enabling selection between a "Reference" high-end studio sound and a surround option. While "Reference" focuses on an authentic, unadulterated rendering of the artist's performance, the special surround sound mode is particularly ideal for live or concert music, creating a unique panoramic sound in the vehicle without compromising the natural character of the recording.
The illuminated 50 W tweeters featuring Acoustic Lens Technology in the mirror triangles add special highlights. High-quality Bang & Olufsen aluminium loudspeaker covers in "silver chrome" bearing the Bang & Olufsen logo additionally allude to the exclusive character of the Bang & Olufsen BeoSound AMG high-end surround sound system.