Hot on the heels of the uprated BMW M5, Mercedes-Benz has pulled the wraps off its 2021 AMG E 63 and E 63 S.
The refresh is a design and technology exercise rather than an engineering one, with the car’s mechanicals carrying over from 2020.
So what’s changed? At the front end you’ll find a larger central cooling inlet, AMG-only radiator grille with 12 vertical louvres and a bigger, bolder central three-pointed star. The LED headlamps are flatter and the wheel arches have been flared further. The hood boasts new muscular bulges that Mercedes calls “powerdomes” and the front apron has been redesigned to include a wing-theme, with three air intakes and a new splitter that reduces lift at speed.
At the rear, the sedan has new flatter tail lights which extend into the trunk lid and there’s a strip of high-gloss chrome to visually join them. The wagon deploys this trick even further, extending the chrome right to the edge of the lamps. The sedan’s rear lip spoiler can be matched to the body color or left in raw carbon fiber and the rear apron and diffuser have also been reworked for better aero effect.
The E63 is shod with new 19-inch ten-spoke alloy wheels in matte or gloss black or tantalum grey. The S gets 20-inch, five-spoke rims in matte black or gloss grey. And, on the subject of color, there’s a palette of three new hues to choose from: graphite grey metallic, high-tech silver and brilliant blue magno.
A new AMG Night styling pack turns exterior mirrors, window frames and other trim elements gloss black and darkens the radiator grille. Two Exterior Carbon packs add exposed carbon fiber to the splitter, rear apron trim and spoiler.
Inside the E 63 gets the same enhancements as the E 53 with Merc’s Widescreen Cockpit and MBUX infotainment system. The flat-bottomed steering wheel is unique to the E63 and Nappa leather wraps the AMG-badged seats.
The super sedan and, er, wünder-wagon (below) continue to be powered by AMG’s twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8. So that’s 571 hp for the regular E 63 and a 612 hp for the S model, hitting the road through a nine-speed DCT transmission and Mercedes’ 4MATIC+ AWD system. Launching the E 63 to 62 mph from rest takes just 3.5 seconds, while the S model will shave a tenth of a second off. The wagon is a tenth slower to the mark than its sedan sibling.
Prices haven’t been announced, but based on the outgoing E63, expect to pay at least $109,000 to get behind the wheel.