In the quest to be the most dominant German entity in the world, Mercedes-Benz has just taken the covers off their newest Sturmtruppen (strormtrooper), the 2018 E63 and E63S AMG.
Afaltterbach latest and greatest are now powered by a 4.0L, twin-turbo V8, mated with AMGs new 9-speed transmission. Output for the E63S is rated at 603hp and 627 lb-ft of torque, while the E63 packs a more than adequate 563hp and 553 lb-ft of torque. This combination of power and gears allows the E63S to hit 60mph in 3.3s, and with the E63 achieving the same in 3.4s.
It to be noted is that the new E63 comes only with 4-Matic all-wheel drive, which is probably for the best. But do not worry! Mercedes has included a mode which routes to power to the rear. They call it “Drift Mode”; I call it witchcraft. Mercedes has yet to release details on how this system works, but I do not believe it will be a true rear-wheel drive mode. Most likely, the system will route max to torque to the rear wheels, allowing for silly behavior to occur, similar to that of the system found in the Ford Focus RS.
Now, regarding the look of the new E63…it definitely blends in. I personally find the new E-Class to be a fairly boring looking car. So it is no surprise that I also find the new, sporty version to also be quite boring. Yes it is a bit wider, there are some gills, and other stretch marks…but I still feels a bit too vanilla, when compared to the M5 and RS6. On the bright side, vanilla ice cream is never a bad thing.
Both the new E63 and E63S will be shown off, in the buff, at the LA Auto Show next month. Pricing has yet to be announced, but I’d expect pricing to start at just over $100,000. The new E63 will go on sale next summer.