Mercedes-Benz will fire a unique two-pronged attack at Australia with its fastest four-door missile.
The German car maker has confirmed pricing and specifications for its latest Mercedes-AMG E63 which will be offered in two levels of performance, with the flagship E63 S model arriving in showrooms in June while a more affordable, less powerful regular E63 will join the range from December.
Apart from with the brand’s heroic AMG GT sportscar, it is the first time Mercedes-Benz Australia has offered the same two-tier strategy available to the rest of the world as local demand for best-of-the-best variants has generally been greater in recent years.
Pricing starts at $209,900 before on-road costs for the standard Mercedes-AMG E63 and $239,900 for the E63 S – which is substantially more affordable than the model it replaces which cost more than $250k.
Power in both variants comes from a twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre petrol V8 produces 420kW and 750Nm in the E63 and 450kW and 850Nm in the E63 S. Both versions are equipped with AMG’s nine-speed automatic gearbox, and power is sent to all four wheels via Mercedes-Benz’s 4Matic+ system which splits the torque between the front and rear axle for maximum traction.
Speed is limited to 250km/h in the E63 and 300km/h in the E63 S, and each is capable of hitting 0-100km/h in 3.5- and 3.4-seconds respectively.
The car can be driven in a number of modes, including a new ‘drift mode’ that pushes power to the rear wheels only.
Beyond the E-Class’ extensive list of standard safety and ground-breaking technologies, the E63 also gets its own body panels and its engine is hand-built at Affalterbach.
The E63 also score 20-inch five spoke AMG alloy wheels, a mechanical limited slip rear differential, an analogue IWC clock and chrome touches.
The S version scores 20-inch matte black cross-spoked AMG alloy wheels, the AMG night package external styling, a selectable exhaust system, Nappa leather steering wheel, red brake calipers, Nappa leather touches throughout the cabin and wireless charging.
The E63 S, when it arrives in June, will also be able to be optioned with the Edition 1 package. This includes unique paintwork, ceramic composite brakes, AMG side sport decals in matte graphite, black Nappa leather seats with contrast yellow stitching, plus carbon fibre and yellow touches throughout the cabin.
The Edition 1 package adds a further $18,900 to the price of the Mercedes-AMG E63 S.