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Mercedes-AMG facelifts E63 and ramps up driving dynamics

Mercedes-AMG has unveiled new sportier, more purposeful-looking versions of its E63 variant, traditionally the iconic flagship of its E-class series.

Available in estate and saloon formats and taking design cues from the maker’s current sports car line-up, the new E63’s front end has been completely restyled, with a new, more aggressive-looking 12-bar radiator grille and – wait for it – a larger Mercedes star. Wider flared wheel arches, flatter headlamps and a more rounded bonnet, complete with power-domes, add extra visual eye-candy. 

Aerodynamics are also said to be improved, thanks to a revised front apron that, in conjunction with the three air intakes and front splitter, is said to mimic a ‘jet-wing’ effect that significantly reduces front axle lift at speed.

The new E63’s front end has been completely restyled, complete with larger Mercedes star…

That’s one mean radiator grille

While the 4.0-litre V8 bi-turbo engine is carried over from the preceding model, Mercedes-AMG says that it has extensively tuned and tweaked it, as well as the software that controls the driving modes, to improve performance. Ride quality and driving dynamics, meanwhile, are also said to enjoy improvement, brought about via the new AMG RIDE CONTROL+ air suspension system.

Ride quality and driving dynamics have been upgraded

Inside, the cabin gets luxurious nappa-leather covered sport seats, as well as the latest incarnation of the voice-controllable (‘Hey Mercedes’) MBUX infotainment system. The most visible change, however, is the addition of a new triple twin-spoke AMG Performance steering wheel, fitted with paddle-shifters as well sensors that detect whether the driver is actually holding the wheel. If not, a set of warnings are initiated, eventually culminating in the car automatically applying the brakes. Best to, er, stay alert…

Luxurious nappa-leather covered sport seats!

Obsessed with optional extras? There’s a host of new ones to mull over here including paint colours, 19-inch alloy wheels (20-inch on the S version) plus an AMG Night Package (gloss black finished tail pipes, anyone?)

There are four models to pick from, the base versions offering 571bhp while the ‘S’ variants deliver 612bhp, with prices starting at circa £98,000. 

And happily you won’t have to wait long to get your hands on one… deliveries commence in July. Just the thing to blow away the lockdown blues!

An experienced PR professional who’s represented some of the world’s best-known technology brands, Kulwinder began his career as a journalist and then editor, with stints on legendary British car magazines Supercar Classics and Fast Lane.

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