Mercedes-Benz has announced the new Mercedes-Benz E 63 AMG 5.5-litre V8 BITURBO for Australia. The brutal barnstormer will be available in sedan and estate later this year.
Mercedes-Benz is stepping away from the ‘old’ 6.2-litre naturally aspirated V8 and adopting its new 5.5-litre twin-turbo V8 item for the latest Mercedes-Benz E-Class. The engine, also seen in the current Mercedes-Benz CLS 63 AMG, is more fuel-efficient and provides more torque than the 6.2.
With all car companies looking to constantly improve fuel consumption and emissions to fit in with strict new laws, most companies are opting for turbocharged engines. As a general rule, turbo engines are more efficient than naturally aspirated counterparts. There’s a number of reasons why, but the main being they don’t have to work as hard. As the new Mercedes-Benz E 63 AMG proves.
The new Mercedes-Benz E 63 AMG offers the same 386kW of power as the outgoing model, but at the same time, it pumps out 700Nm of torque (up 70Nm). This is all the while boasting an average fuel consumption figure of just 10.0L/100km (down from 12.7L/100km in the 6.2). And it’s the same rate for the more powerful Performance pack option, which comes with 410kW and a whopping 800Nm.
Mercedes-Benz says the new E 63 AMG is able to power off from 0-100km/h in 4.3 seconds for the normal version and 4.2 seconds for the Performance pack option. The Estate wagon is fractionally slower, achieving the sprint in 4.4 seconds and 4.3 for the Performance.
All models will feature the Mercedes-Benz AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT seven-speed automatic-based wet-clutch transmission.
Other features include Mercedes-Benz RIDE CONTROL suspension which gives the driver the opportunity to select between Comfort, Sport and Sport Plus modes from a switch in the cabin. Each mode provides a corresponding setup to best suit the driver’s needs.
The new Mercedes-Benz E 63 AMG is now available to order, with deliveries set to begin just after the launch in November. Pricing for the new models are as follows (Manufacturer List Price, not including taxes etc.):
- E 63 AMG Saloon: $240,985 (MRLP)
- E 63 AMG Estate: $244,500 (MRLP)
- AMG Performance package: $17,900 (Saloon) $16,900 (Estate)
For more information on Mercedes-Benz vehicles, head over to the Mercedes-Benz Australia website.