Powerful, yet subdued, the Mercedes-AMG E63 S is known for a well-executed coalescence of ultimate performance and luxury. It is one of the most capable super-sedans, but it doesn’t impose any compromise on comfort or everyday drivability. The car is ferociously quick without the drama and its nuanced appearance doesn’t implore attention. The front bumper, grille, wheels, spoiler, exhaust, faux diffuser and badges are distinct, but also subtle. For those not familiar with AMG’s typical design elements, it can be easily mistaken for an ordinary E-class from a distance. However, its pedigree becomes overwhelmingly pronounced when its power is unleashed.
The latest 4-door rocket from the Affalterbach high-performance tuner utilizes a 603-horsepower 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8. The impressive powerplant generates a maximum 627 pound-feet of torque as low as 2,500 rpm and up to 4,500 rpm. Its power is sent through a 9-speed automatic transmission, delivering quick and efficient shifts. The all-wheel drive setup can be switched to a rear-drive configuration through its Drift mode, for ultimate fun. With an air suspension, adaptive dampers and adjustable driving modes, the Mercedes-AMG E63 S can go from a velvety-smooth cruiser to a full-blown track machine at the turn of a switch. It also proves to be at ease on both ends of the spectrum. The AMG can be the comfortable and docile Benz that you need during casual driving or it can turn into the tire-incinerating barbarian when it is time to be savage.
With its proficient launch control system, powerful engine and all-wheel drive setup, the Mercedes-AMG E63 S can rocket to 60 mph in 3.3 seconds. That is an incredible time for a heavy sedan. However, what is even more impressive is how effortless and relentless its acceleration is. From its launch, the surge of speed seems to continue with no abatement up to its 186 mph governor.
AMG has given the E63 S many performance features to further enhance its performance and deliver this seemingly unending thrust. The “Hot inside V” twin-scroll turbochargers are situated in-between the two cylinder banks. That setup results in a shorter path for boost pressure to travel and ultimately minimal turbo lag. The fiercely quick sedan also benefits from AMG’s Speedshift MCT transmission. The quick-shifting automatic utilizes a multiclutch setup, rather than a typical torque converter. This unconventional drivetrain (the first of its kind) enables lighting quick shifts and multi-gear downshifts.
For 2021, Mercedes redesigned the front grille, headlights, rear faux diffuser, taillights, exhaust tips and added a front splitter to improve aerodynamics. The wheels have also been improved with a more “aero-enhanced” design. In an effort to provide a more comfortable ride, the suspension has been enhanced for greater comfort during those leisurely drives. Graphite Grey metallic, Cirrus Silver metallic and matte Brilliant Blue Magno have been added to the list of optional exterior colors.
The cabin is both luxurious and ultra-modern with plenty of leather, carbon fiber, aluminum switches and displays. New updates include a redesigned three-spoke steering wheel that is available in leather, Dinamica microfiber or both leather and Dinamica microfiber. Whichever material you choose, a heated steering wheel comes standard. Two new rotary switches designed with ingenious screens that control the drive modes and other configurable functions have been added just below the double spokes of the steering wheel. The German automaker’s MBUX infotainment system with touchscreen, touchpad and voice control functionality is also a new addition for 2021. AMG-specific displays with performance data can be accessed through the AMG menu. Two 12.3-inch screens, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and wireless charging are all standard.
The new E63 S should reach Mercedes dealerships before the end of 2020. Its price is expected to start at $108,550.
2021 Mercedes-AMG E63 S
|$108,550 (Base MSRP)
|4.0 liter twin-turbocharged and
intercooled DOHC 32-valve V-8
|603 hp @ 6,500 rpm
|627 lb-ft @ 2,500 – 4,500 rpm
|All-wheel drive with rear-wheel drive mode
|9-speed automatic with manual mode
|13.1 cu ft
|4,600 lbs (est)
|WEIGHT DISTRIBUTION (F/R)
|54.4% / 45.6%
|9.5-in x 20-in Front
10-in x 20-in Rear
|0 – 60 MPH
|186 mph (electronically limited)
|FUEL TANK CAPACITY
|City: 15 mpg
Highway: 23 mpg
Combined: 18 mpg