2013 Detroit Auto ShowJust the Facts:
- Responding to a global craving for all-wheel drive, Mercedes is set to announce the E63 AMG AWD.
- Full torque can be delivered at a lower rpm now, which should drastically increase acceleration.
- No word if this new modification will make its way into the coveted E63 AMG wagon.
LOS ANGELES — Mercedes-Benz is preparing a debut for the 2013 Detroit Auto Show that should be a big hit during the Michigan winter: a Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG 4Matic.
A source close to the project confirmed to Edmunds that this all-wheel-drive version of Mercedes' hot sport sedan will be powered by the same M157 twin-turbocharged 5.5-liter V8 that produces 518 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque, or 550 hp and 590 lb-ft with the optional AMG performance pack.
Power has never been the weakness of any AMG product, and the E63 is no exception. Instead, it's traction that's limiting the E63's ultimate performance. Mercedes has addressed this with a very clever traction control system that includes a Race-Start mode so even a novice can feel like John Force.
Still, that system has a mighty job meting out the engine's torque to only two wheels wrapped in relatively skinny rubber. All-wheel drive will make much better use of the V8's low-end torque.
We're cautiously estimating 0-60 times approaching those of the Porsche Panamera Turbo S, which turned in a time of 3.7 seconds (3.5 with rollout).
The Porsche Panamera Turbo S, however, starts at $173,200. The two-wheel-drive 2012 E63 AMG is currently priced at $89,800 and it's unlikely that 4Matic will double that cost. $95,000 feels like a safe bet.
Edmunds says: Audi should be very, very afraid.