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The first official image of the 2013 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG has been released ahead of the updated German super sedan’s world premiere at next week’s Detroit auto show.

The high-performance AMG variant is the final piece of the upgraded 2013 E-Class puzzle, following the revelation of the refreshed sedan and wagon body styles in December and the coupe and convertible versions at the end of last week.

The styling of the updated Mercedes E63 AMG comes as little surprise, however, given the car was spied completely undisguised during a photo shoot in Spain last November.

Like the rest of the 2013 line-up, the E63 AMG trades the outgoing model’s ‘four-eyed’ headlamps for a more conventional and sophisticated twin-lamp layout. The Avantgarde grille with single crossbar and black-backed three-pointed star badge replaces the traditional multi-slat Elegance grille with bonnet-mounted ornament, while the bonnet and bumper designs are now more muscular and cohesive.

The upgraded E63 AMG will feature an enhanced version of the current model’s 5.5-litre twin-turbocharged V8. Mercedes is yet to reveal the precise details, but power is tipped to rise from 386kW to beyond 400kW to match the likes of the 408kW BMW M5 and 404kW Jaguar XFR-S.

The E63 AMG will debut in Detroit alongside standard versions of the four Mercedes-Benz E-Class body styles. The sedan and Estate variants will be the first to land in local showrooms in June, followed by the two-door and AMG models in September.




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