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2017 Mercedes-AMG E 63 Estate spotted, Black Series? (video)

Mercedes-Benz has been spotted test driving a mysterious prototype out on the streets, with all signs suggesting it could be a Black Series version of the upcoming E 63 AMG Estate.

2017 Mercedes-AMG E 63 prototype

Mercedes-Benz, or Mercedes-AMG as it now calls itself, never produced a Black Series version of the tyre-tearing E 63. It did offer a Black Series of the smaller C 63. Judging by this spy video this could be about to change.

As you can see there are some neatly pumped out wheel arches compared with the regular E-Class Estate – usually hallmarks of a Black Series – likely with wider tyres than those fitted on the regular E 63. At the front seems to be a bit more hardcore as well, with large air intakes for the brakes and engine.

According to reports the new E 63 AMG in regular guise is set to come with a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8, like what is seen in the C 63 and GT sports car. Only in the E-Class, power could be turned up to around 450kW. This would easily trump the BMW M5 rival and its 423kW output.

Behind the engine is expected to be an uprated version of the company’s new 9G nine-speed automatic transmission, sending power exclusively to an all-wheel drive system. The next-gen BMW M5 is also likely to get an all-wheel drive system due to the sheer power and torque these sedans are now producing.

If this is indeed a Black Series in the making, power would probably be even higher. Is 650hp (485kW) out of the question? We’ll have to wait and see to know for sure.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.