Mercedes-AMG E 63 has been uncovered. The all-new E-Class family will be out next year with the performance version expected shortly after.
The heavy camouflage on this prototype hides details like final headlight assembly or tail-lights shape, but not the overall shape, the large, gaping grille or the heavily sloped greenhouse, all tailored in C 63 fashion. Actually, what seems to differentiate the E-Class from its bigger/smaller siblings are its tauter, slightly sportier proportions.
As we’ve already come accustomed to, Mercedes-AMG E 63 uses a misleading designation. No, it is not powered by an old-fashioned 6.3-litre engine. Instead, Merc’s mighty saloon is set to receive the wonderful 4.0-litre bi-turbo V8, lifted straight from its Mercedes-AMG GT supercar sibling.
Power will go up, according to internal sources, all the way to 570 HP, virtually outpacing even the GT fully fledged sports car. This is the result of the endless figure battle between Mercedes-AMG and its usual rivals, the BMW M5 and Audi RS6, both of them credited with close to 600 HP in top guises.
Of course, cold figures are nothing without a great power to weight ratio. Mercedes knows that, hence the switch to the all-new MRA rear-wheel drive platform, borrowed from the C-Class and GLC, albeit in longer-wheelbase form. Aluminum will help Mercedes in its quest to shave at least 100 kg from the car’s kerbweight. 4Matic four-wheel-drive will optional across the range, E 63 included.
With an official debut slated for 2016, the Mercedes-AMG E 63 powerhouse will reach the showrooms sometimes next year.