All-Wheel-Drive 2014 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG Debuts

2013 Detroit Auto Show


  • 2014 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG 4Matic Picture

    2014 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG 4Matic Picture

    2014 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG 4Matic. | January 09, 2013

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2013 Detroit Auto Show

Just the Facts:
  • The revamped 2014 Mercedes-Benz E63 will be available in two trim levels, S-Model and 4Matic, both available only with all-wheel drive.
  • The sedan and wagon versions will make their debut next week at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show.
  • "We don't anticipate any complaints as we believe customers will appreciate the true performance of the all-wheel drive," wrote Terry Wei, a Mercedes-Benz spokeswoman, in response to an Edmunds question about the lack of a rear-drive model, especially in warmer climates.

MONTVALE, New Jersey — The revamped 2014 Mercedes-Benz E63 will be available in two trim levels, S-Model and 4Matic, both available only with all-wheel drive. The sedan and wagon versions will debut next week at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show.

We don't anticipate any complaints, as we believe customers will appreciate the true performance of the all-wheel drive," wrote Terry Wei, a Mercedes-Benz spokeswoman, in response to an Edmunds question about the lack of a rear-drive model, especially in warmer climates.

Mercedes-Benz said in a statement that the standard AMG all-wheel-drive 4Matic system "improves road safety and traction on wet or wintery roads." Traction will boost the E63's ultimate performance as well. Mercedes-Benz noted that the performance-oriented all-wheel-drive system sends 33 percent of the engine torque to the front and 67 percent to the rear axle.

Wei said that pricing on the 2014 E63 AMG sedan and wagon will be available closer to the car's launch in the U.S. in the summer.

The 2013 E63 AMG sedan starts at $90,705, including a $905 destination charge. The 2013 E63 AMG wagon starts at $93,305, including shipping.

The base 2014 E63 AMG with the 5.5-liter AMG V8 Biturbo gets a power increase from 518 horsepower to 550 hp. On the new S-Model, the AMG 5.5-liter V8 Biturbo produces 577 hp — an increase of 27 hp over the previously available AMG Performance package option. The S-Model has the distinction of being the most powerful E-Class.

The S-Model sedan version of the E63 AMG 4Matic sprints from zero to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds, said Mercedes-Benz. It has a top speed of 186 mph. The base model has a top speed of 155 mph.

The engine is linked to a seven-speed automatic transmission.

The 2014 E63 AMG S-Model 4Matic gets several striking design touches, including a silver-chrome design on the front splitter and side skirts, as well as 10-spoke AMG alloys.

Standard equipment on all E63 AMG 4Matic models includes AMG door sill panels, AMG sport pedals, Collision Prevention Assist, metallic paint and all-LED headlights.

Options include an AMG carbon-fiber exterior styling package and an AMG Night package that features black chrome-plated elements.

Edmunds says: So long smoky burnouts; the E63 can no longer burn rubber even if it's absurdly fast.

Comments

  • coolb944 coolb944 Posts:

    Don't quite understand the logic of making it AWD-only. Making an AWD model was smart, but making it the only option doesn't seem to make sense to me. Also, it looks like German designers are starting to think alike. That front bumper design likes quite similar to the BMW 4 series coupe concept bumper design. http://media.caranddriver.com/images/12q4/477956/2014-bmw-4-series-coupe-concept-news-car-and-driver-photo-490339-s-429x262.jpg

  • stovt001_ stovt001_ Posts:

    Audi makes you think AWD and Mercedes makes you think big beastly RWD burnout machine. AWD will still be most associated with Audi, and Mercedes loses a bit of identity. That's why you don't go just copying others.

  • mercedesfan mercedesfan Posts:

    I agree to a point stovt001, but I think it's probably a decent compromise. From the Motor Trend test mule first test video posted a few weeks back it is pretty obvious that the E63 is still capable of lurid slip-angles out on the track. The difference is that the car will now be much easier to launch and less likely to bite back if you bumble a mid-corner input. Both things important for the non-enthusiast most likely to be actually driving one. Besides, the CLS63 AMG is still available with RWD and it makes more sense for that car to be the harder-edged performance machine anyway.

  • pdog2 pdog2 Posts:

    Pleassssse bring the R6 Avant here so I dont have the see this ugly thing everywhere.

  • Bring on the MODS so we can really see what this car can do!

  • So it's the best of both worlds with the all wheel drive. Grip in weather and faster on the track. Hopefully it's just as fun as the last one even though it might not slide as easily. Although, it makes sense that AMG would think to keep rear wheel drive in the enthusiast's car, the CLS, and put all wheel drive in the family car, the E63, but if mercedesfan is saying the E63 is for the non-enthusiast, then why wouldn't they just buy the E350 wagon instead of the super expensive, gas guzzling E63 wagon? I personally think they should put an option to make the switch to awd easier.

  • Finally, the E63 gets into the 3 second club. I almost left the brand, but with AWD and much improved handling this car will be a monster . A flash of the ECU and this car will put down over 700 torque and more than 650 HP. My hat is off to AMG. Competition is now officially on notice.

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