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2014 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG 4Matic Preview

1/10/2013
Fast Facts:
  • Restyled exterior with new wheels
  • More powerful twin-turbo V-8 engine
  • 4Matic all-wheel drive is standard
  • New E63 AMG S-Model 4Matic with more powerful engine
  • Upgraded Attention Assist technology
  • Standard LED headlights
  • Standard Collision Prevention Assist
  • Optional carbon fiber engine cover
  • Optional carbon fiber trim package
  • Optional high-fidelity audio system
  • On sale in summer of 2013

Introduction
The 2014 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG 4Matic is the automaker's luxury performance version of the popular E-Class, available in sedan and wagon body styles. Among the numerous upgrades for the 2014 E63 AMG, a 4Matic all-wheel-drive system is standard, and a new high-performance S-Model arrives with extra horsepower, torque and styling differences.

Exterior Features
With the new 2014 E63 AMG 4Matic, Mercedes-Benz says it is introducing a new AMG design philosophy. Key elements include a new "twin-blade" grille embedded with the Mercedes-Benz emblem, and a new "A-wing" lower air control element extending across the bottom of the front fascia and creating three large air intakes.

Additional elements unique to the E63 AMG 4Matic include a front splitter, front fender swells required by the model's wider track and negative wheel camber, staggered-width AMG aluminum wheels, mesh-insert side air vents, black rear diffuser panel, and dual chrome exhaust pipes. The E63 AMG is also equipped with standard LED headlights.

Gloss Black and Silver Chrome exterior trim differentiates the S-Model variants, which include unique matte-finish wheels with high-sheen rim edges fronting red-painted brake calipers. Front tires for all models are sized 255/35R19, while 285/30R19 rubber is wrapped around the rear wheels.

Interior Features
The 2014 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG 4Matic models are equipped with AMG instrumentation, including a 200-mph speedometer, IWC-style analog clock in the dashboard, brushed stainless steel pedals with black rubber studs, and backlit AMG door sill plates. The sedans also have a power rear-window blind.

A variety of interior color and trim combinations are offered, but S-Model variants with a black interior are equipped with silver seat belts and silver contrast stitching throughout the cabin. All E63 AMG S-Model 4Matic versions are equipped with a leather-wrapped steering wheel that is flat on the top and on the bottom and which offers Alcantara grip areas.

Optional Features
Options offered for the new 2014 E63 AMG 4Matic models include an AMG Carbon Fiber Styling package, AMG carbon fiber engine cover, and upgraded carbon fiber and piano lacquer interior trim. An AMG Night package with lots of high-gloss black exterior trim is also available, along with unique Designo styling elements. A Bang & Olufsen BeoSound high-fidelity surround-sound audio system is also optional for this model.

Under the Hood

A twin-turbocharged, 5.5-liter V-8 engine is standard for the new E63 AMG 4Matic Sedan. Mercedes says it is rated to deliver 550 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 531 lb.-ft. of torque between 1,750 and 5,000 rpm, 32 more horsepower and 15 more lb.-ft. of torque than before. A performance-tuned version of the automaker's 4Matic all-wheel-drive system provides a 33:67 front-to-rear power distribution.

An AMG SpeedShift MCT 7-speed sports transmission is standard, offering Controlled Efficiency, Sport, Sport Plus, and Manual driving modes. In Controlled Efficiency mode, the car's Eco Start/Stop technology is active, shutting the engine off when idling in traffic or at an intersection. The transmission also supplies downshift rev matching and RaceStart functions.

The new E63 AMG S-Model 4Matic Sedan and Wagon variants make more horsepower and torque, and add a standard limited-slip rear differential. The twin-turbo, 5.5-liter V-8 engine generates 577 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 590 lb.-ft. of torque at 1,750 to 5,000 rpm, representing an increase of 27 horsepower from the previous AMG Performance package option.

According to Mercedes, the E63 AMG 4Matic Sedan accelerates to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds and achieves a governed top speed of 155 mph. The S-Model version shaves a tenth of a second off the acceleration time in sedan format, and matches it as a station wagon. Both of the S-Model variants can attain a claimed top speed of 186 mph.

The E63 AMG is equipped with a standard AMG Adaptive sport suspension with Comfort, Sport and Sport Plus settings. Vented and cross-drilled 14.2-inch performance-disc brakes are standard, with AMG stamped into silver-painted calipers. S-Models get red-painted calipers. AMG carbon ceramic brakes are optional for the S-Models. They are 40% lighter and reduce unsprung weight, and they are harder with a longer service life and greater stopping performance, Mercedes says. Models equipped with this option have an "AMG Carbon Ceramic" logo on the brake calipers.

Safety
In addition to the standard E-Class package of safety features, which includes new Collision Prevention Assist technology and an upgraded Attention Assist 2.0 system, the 2014 E63 AMG 4Matic is equipped with a 3-stage traction and stability control system equipped with a Sport Handling mode that adds Torque Vectoring Brake functionality to improve the vehicle's cornering capabilities.

The standard 2014 E-Class models are offered with a number of new safety-related technologies that, as this preview is written, are unconfirmed for the new E63 AMG 4Matic models. Highlights from that list of equipment includes a Driver Assistance package, Active Parking Assist system, Pre-Safe Plus system, Distronic Plus with Steering Assist, Brake Assist System Plus with Intersection Assist, Pre-Safe Brake with Pedestrian Detection, and Active Lane Keeping Assist and Blind Spot Assist technologies.

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