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A new high-performance all-wheel-drive variant of the upgraded Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG dubbed the ‘S-Model’ will become one of the quickest production cars in the German manufacturer’s history when it launches overseas in June.

The new 2013 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG S-Model combines a 430kW/800Nm tune of the carryover 5.5-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine with the added traction of an AMG-tuned AWD system to launch the super sedan from 0-100km/h in a blistering 3.6 seconds.

Those figures make the E63 AMG 20kW more powerful than the current flagship E63 AMG Performance Package and seven-tenths quicker to triple figures, while also being 10kW and 150Nm beefier and two-tenths slicker than the naturally aspirated 6.2-litre V8-powered Mercedes SLS AMG supercar.

Australian customers won’t be able to get their hands on the stonking AWD model, however, with Mercedes-Benz confirming the AMG factory in Affalterbach will only produce the all-paw S-Model in left-hand drive.

Mercedes-Benz Australia will instead offer the standard rear-wheel-drive E63 AMG variant – now producing 410kW and 720Nm – in sedan and Estate body styles when the upgraded model arrives in September.

The updated E63 AMG headed to our shores produces 24kW and 20Nm more than the current model and sprints from 0-100km/h one-tenth faster, now in 4.2 seconds.

Despite the added performance, combined cycle fuel consumption improves marginally from 10.0 litres per 100km to 9.8L/100km, while CO2 emissions fall to 230g/km.

The car’s seven-speed automatic transmission offers four driving modes – Controlled Efficiency, Sport, Sport+ and Manual – and incorporates automatic double-declutching on downshifts and ‘Race Start’ launch control.

Mercedes says the new E63 AMG is the first model to feature the high-performance division’s new design language, which is distinguished by its ‘twin blade’ radiator grille and new ‘A-wing’ air deflector spanning the width of the front apron.

As previously revealed, the 2013 model also scores reshaped headlights, bonnet and rear wheel arches, and a revised rear bumper and tail-lights like the rest of the updated E-Class line-up. Standard at all four corners are 18-inch 10-spoke alloy wheels in titanium grey paint, with 255/40 R18 tyres wrapped around at the front and 285/35 R18s at the rear.

Cabin changes are minor, and largely mirror those already seen in the rest of the E-Class range, headlined by the stylish new analogue clock, revised switchgear, remodelled instrument cluster and central screen, and new upholstery and trim materials.

Mercedes has also bolstered the options list, offering customers features like silver seatbelts, contrast stitching, LED sill illumination, a 1200-watt 14-speaker Bang & Olufsen premium sound system, an AMG carbonfibre engine cover and three unique exterior design packages.

The 2013 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG will make its world premiere at next week’s Detroit auto show alongside the rest of the updated Mercedes E-Class range, which arrive in Australia from June.

  • Zaccy16

    looks good to me, in my opinion better than the bmw m5 specially in estate version

  • Michael

    Looks great and probably goes like the clappers according to those numbers – 3.6 seconds is quick for anything, let alone an E-Class!

    One thing though; is it just me or is that rear overhang (both sedan and wagon) reaalllyy long? I’ve never noticed until looking at these photos.

    Also, it would’ve been nice if the rims were maybe just an inch larger because they don’t quite fully fill up those guards.. Still a brilliant car though.

  • pixxxels

    Dear Santa…

    • Santa Claus

      Have you been a good boy pixxxels?

      • Jocko

        Possibly one of the best replies ever

  • Zrfa

    How does the GTR NISSAN go so fast with just a 3.8L V6

    2.7 seconds is insane

    • Acfsambo7

      Shorter gearing, Nissan made the 0-100km/h its party piece

      • Monk

        That doesn’t explain their other ‘party piece’ – Nurburgring times.  

        • Jober As A Sudge

          Whether the Nurburgring times were legit or not it’s probably safe to say those 2 IHI turbos help

          • Monk

            Obviously.  I was trying to point out that the 0-100 was not really their only aim…

          • Jober As A Sudge

            …and i was being a smart mouth :-)

          • Monk

            Nothing new there…

        • Acfsambo7

          The GT-R is also probably running stickier tyres, more track orientated suspension and shorter gears through the whole box. The Merc would probably have a higher top speed if it wasn’t limited. Not taking anything away from Nissan or Merc here. 

    • zej

      Not with 4 passengers and a boot full of bodies…errr, sporting equipment.

    • Guest231

      It doesn’t do 2.7.
      I don’t know of anyone that’s got those times.
      Nissan have been lying about this car since the beginning.
      Please post a link to a review that verifies the 2.7 secs 0-100.

      • Hung Low

        It actually does, check you tube for a few in car test.

    • Dfg

       The GTR engine probably doesn’t last anywhere near as long and in the meantime, it needs servicing twice as frequently as the Merc. The GTR also uses almost %20 more fuel.

      • carbine

         2 completely different cars, both at the top of their respective classes, and a totally spurious comparison.

      • Hung Low

        There are many premature seized Amg V8’s around, some with as little as 20k km’s. Google away. They are both brilliant cars respectively not a tugging contest.

        • bantock

          Go on fan boy, defend the GTR with all you’ve got….pity you can’t defend it’s dodgy ride and noise.

  • Raveenkari

    Absolutely disappointed! What the hell Mercedes!?? Why only produce the 4wd for left hand markets! Australia always gets the short end of the stick when it comes to cars. Also why we pay WAYYY to much for them.

    Looks the M5 will rule in Down Under

    • Acfsambo7

      Could be to do with packaging in relation to the AWD system and the steering/ pedals.

    • Zej

      Why so angry? Were you planning on ordering one? Mercedes-Benz ( or any other manufacturer for that matter) doesn’t owe you the availability of any car you want.

    • Devil666

      The Current E63 with Performance Pack is faster than the M5. This new one won’t need the performance pack.

      • JamesB

        Well, thanks to the British, we drive on the wrong side of the road. Even non-AMG Mercs, along with other German cars, are automatically 20% more just to get the steering wheel to the right-hand corner.

  • joe

    It would probably cost an arm or leg as it is any way.
    So let alone AWD in Aus will not really be viable in my opinion. So why would Merc bring it down to Aus?

  • A8Js

    Love this!

    It looks so stylish.

  • Meg3

    This will definitely give the M5 a run for it’s money.

    Great car!

    • JamesB

      BMW should stop turning a blind eye and apply xDrive to the M5, even as an option. If that car is 4WD along with this Merc, there’s no longer a reason to buy an Audi.

  • Mjka

    I want one.

    The attention to detail in the design is fantastic!

  • qikturbo

    It looks a bit boxy on the front while the rear seems a little ordinary.Performance wise it appears to be very fast,but usually with Mercedes in real world testing with it’s competitors tends to be slower;eventhough it has the biggest capacity forced induction engines.

  • Sam

    Its awesome but how much coin?? I think I would rather the G63, and it might even be cheaper.  Same engine but go anywhere.  Chalk and Cheese  I know but I just cant fall out of love with the G-Wagen’s timeless apppeal.

  • Realist

    Shame about the AWD version not coming here as this really would be an awesome car. That said the styling of the new E-Class is bang on from all angles. Lets hope they can shave the price a little as well!

  • BW

    Im not fussed by no AWD coming to Aus, sure it adds extra traction, but it would also add a hell of a lot of extra weight. So in gear performance between the two variants may not be that much different. Plus, the whole attraction of AMGs is the huge power outputs and love of having their tail out.

  • tuzii

    rear of the car looks epic boring!

  • Al Tungupon

    An American magazine has the 3.6-second time as the 0-60 mph sprint; the 0-100 kph should take about two or three tenths more.

  • peddy.d

    the guy that designed the updated rear lights must have gone over to Lexus or vice versa cause the rear lights on the updated E class look exactly the same to the LS update

  • deancole

    what a joke we dont get the S model in oz would sell at least 50 pieces. surely its worth making some in right hand drive ?

    • asd

      Hardly likely to be a deal breaker. Most of the “50 pieces” will just buy the standard RWD model.