The high-performance flagship of the W213 E-Class range has arrived in Australia; the 2017 Mercedes-AMG E63. It offers truly insane performance, with two variants available.
The range is now all-wheel drive only, with either the E 63 4Matic+ or E 63 S 4Matic +. These slot above the 295kW/520Nm V6 E 43, which is expected to be replaced by a more powerful, inline-six version in the future.
The E 63 twins are powered by a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8, with either 420kW and 750Nm, or a staggering 450kW and 850Nm – some 65Nm more than HSV’s GTSR W1 swansong. 0-100km/h comes in at 3.5 seconds, with the S shaving a further tenth of a second off. Both drink 9.3L/100km on the combined cycle, and both use an AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT dual-clutch nine-speed automatic.
Differences between the cars are more than skin deep. The E 63 utilises a mechanical LSD while the S gets an electronic rear diff including a Drift Mode, with AMG Performance selectable exhaust, AMG Performance seats and steering wheel.
On top of this, the Edition 1, for an additional $18,900, adds a Designo Selenite Magno paintjob, carbon ceramic composite brakes, AMG Exclusive Nappa seats, AMG external side graphics and yellow stitching on the DINAMICA-trimmed AMG Exclusive steering wheel.
These power machines are on sale now with prices starting from the following (excluding on-road costs):
2017 Mercedes-AMG E 63 4MATIC+ — $209,900
2017 Mercedes-AMG E 63 S 4MATIC+ — $239,900
2017 Mercedes-AMG E 63 S 4MATIC+ Edition 1 — $258,800