The most powerful E-Class of all time

2016-11-02 06:03
The Mercedes-Benz E-Class.    Photo: supplied

The Mercedes-Benz E-Class. Photo: supplied

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THE brand is turning the most intelligent executive sedan into the most powerful E-Class of all time in the shape of the next generation of the E 63 4MATIC+ and E 63 S 4MATIC+.

Mercedes-AMG is also setting new benchmarks in this market segment with its innovative technologies. The intelligent drive strategy raises the limits of the performance sedan’s vehicle dynamics to a completely new level. Delivering superior acceleration, the 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 engine generates up to 450 kW.

This makes it the most powerful engine to have ever been installed in an E-Class. At the same time it is even more efficient thanks to a cylinder deactivation system fitted as standard, and thus sets the benchmark in its segment. With acceleration of 3.4 seconds from 0 – 100 km/h the new business limousine is at the top of its class.

The AMG speed shift MCT (multi- clutch technology) nine-speed sports transmission is combined with a wet start-off clutch for the first time. This enabled more agile response times to be achieved. Another highlight is the new AMG Performance 4Matic+ all-wheel drive system.

It combines the advantages of various drive configurations. Torque distribution on the front and rear axles, which until now was strongly rear-biased, is fully variable for the first time.

This ensures optimum traction right up to the physical limit, whatever the road conditions. The expressive exterior design, featuring a new radiator grille and coupé-style inset bonnet, underlines the performance figures. The next generation of the E 63 thus offers a completely new level of sportiness and comfort on long journeys.

The latest generation of the E 63 4Matic+ and the E 63 S 4Matic+ sees Mercedes-AMG introducing a number of new developments that redefine the performance sedan. Innovative powertrain engineering and maximum performance are combined with distinctive design, exclusive equipment and the latest infotainment features for comprehensive, connected multimedia applications.

“The new E 63 models represent the biggest step forward we’ve ever taken from one generation to the next. Vehicle dynamics were especially important to us.

At the start of the development process, we opted for a fully variable all-wheel drive system which, when combined with the advanced performance of the 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 engine, reaffirms our brand’s ‘Driving performance”’ claim,” says Tobias Moers, chairman of the board of management of Mercedes-AMG GmbH.

Every detail of the exterior and interior is designed to enable AMG Driving Performance to be experienced at first hand. The expressive exterior design is all about sinuous edges and defined muscles.
With a completely distinctive­ design forward of the A-pillar, the sporty front also demonstrates the effort that Mercedes-AMG has put into the styling: for the first time on an AMG sedan, the bonnet is inset between the wings and bumper like on a coupé, thus exhibiting an entirely new, more dynamic approach to the sculpting.

The versatile AMG 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 engine in the E 63 S 4Matic+ takes peak performance to a new level at 450 kW. Maximum torque attains a new best value of 850 Nm.

It is available over a broad engine speed range of 2500 to 4500 rpm and so provides a feeling of effortless superiority in every accelerator pedal position. A sprint from zero to 100 km/h is absolved in 3.4 seconds, and this dynamic acceleration only ends at the governed top speed of 250 km/h (with AMG Driver’s package: 300 km/h). The E 63 4Matic+ is rated at 420 kW and has 750 Nm of torque. This variant accelerates to 100 km/h in 3.5 seconds.

The advanced AMG 4.0-litre V8 biturbo engine utilises well-proven twin turbocharging, with the two chargers not located outside on the cylinder banks, but rather between them in the V of the cylinders. The advantages of the “hot inner V” are a compact engine design, an immediate response from the twin-scroll turbochargers and low exhaust gas emissions thanks to optimum air flow for the close-coupled catalytic converters.

The interior reinforces the consistently dynamic bias with numerous specially designed details. Ideal for a sporty driving style, the performance sports steering wheel in black leather features a flattened bottom section, Touch Control and electroplated shift paddles, as well as a steering wheel bezel with the AMG logo.

The driver and front passenger enjoy a secure position in the front sport seats even when driving at speed, thanks to the improved lateral support. There is a distinctive seat upholstery layout in black nappa leather-Dinamica microfibre, nut brown nappa leather or macchiato nappa leather. The door centre panels match the seat design. AMG Performance seats with integral head restraints can be ordered as an option. Trapezium-grain aluminium trim elements highlight the sporty aspirations.

In the E 63 S 4Matic+ the interior has been refined further. Highlights include a nappa leather covering for the instrument panel and beltlines, the sports steering wheel with crystal grey 12 o’clock marking and contrasting topstitching, AMG crest in the front head restraints, crystal grey seat piping, IWC-designed analogue clock and seat belts in crystal grey.

The new performance sedan celebrates­ its world première as Edition 1 on 16 November as part of the Los Angeles Auto Show. The sales release follows on 16 January 2017, with market launch beginning in March 2017. The Mercedes-AMG E 63 S is due shortly after in South Africa in the second quarter of 2017. - Supplied.

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