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by George Skentzos

The press embargo on the stunning new Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG has been broken in the lead up to the car’s official unveiling at the New York Auto Show, giving us an early look at this amazing machine.

The potent performance flagship of the recently released new generation E-Class range borrows many advanced technologies and components from its SL63 AMG Roadster sibling, including the AMG 6.3-litre V8-engine.

This powerplant develops 386kW and 630Nm, putting it on par with the SL63 AMG Roadster and well clear of its little brother, the C63 AMG – incorporating a newly designed water cooling system to ensures maximum endurance even under the enormous dynamic stresses of the racetrack.

2009 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG early look

The engine is mated to an AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed sports transmission which features four driving modes: ‘C’ Controlled Efficiency, ‘S’ Sport, ‘S+’ Sport plus and ‘M’ Manual.

In Controlled Efficiency mode, the transmission has been calibrated to perform early upshifts to keep engine speeds as low as possible.

In the more demanding Manual mode, the transmission can perform rev-matched shifts in just 100 milliseconds and features a RACE START function to call on the maximum acceleration potential automatically.

2009 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG early look

As this press release was intended for the North American market, the performance figures for the E63 AMG are quoted in imperial units – accelerating from zero to 60mph in 4.4 seconds which puts it roughly on par with the C63 AMG.

Adding to the capability of the E63 AMG’s split personality – luxury and performance – it also boasts an electronically controlled damping system with three settings: Comfort, Sport and Sport plus, which copes equally well with the racetrack as it does the road.

A unique, newly developed front axle provides more grip when taking turns at speed, already proving its worth in the C63 AMG, while more negative camber has been dialled in at the rear for greater stability.

2009 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG early look

The 3-stage ESP from the SL63 AMG and C63 AMG has also been carried over, which provides three modes to act as an electronic safety net – complimenting skilled drivers and keeping the less experienced out of harm’s way.

The simply stunning form of the E-Class sedan has been maintained whilst adding a touch of aggression, with wider fenders, a new AMG front with larger air intakes and daytime LED running lights, AMG side skirts and AMG rear apron with a black diffuser insert.

2009 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG early look

Inside, the AMG variant adds electrically adjustable AMG sports seats, AMG sports steering wheel in a four-spoke design with AMG shift paddles, high-grade leather upholstery, AMG instrument cluster with an AMG main menu, door entry sills with AMG lettering and a sports pedal cluster.

The new Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG will make its US sales debut in November 2009 with Australian availability yet to be announced.




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