Power remains at 603 horsepower, pushing the sedan to 100 km/h in 3.4s.
Arguably, the AMG E 63 S is at its core, the AMG.
Better aero, more luxury, and comfort, they may be the definitive executive sedan and wagon.
Of the many historically significant performance cars built by Mercedes-AMG over the years, the AMG E 63 rises above the GT cars and, depending on who you ask, above the likes of the legendary Black Series, or even the CLK-GTR. There’s something about the E-Class where it almost seems attainable that those who dare dream about owning an AMG “settle” on an E 63. It also helps that the car’s roots are found in the 1986 “Hammer.”
Perhaps most importantly, AMG’s always followed up on the super E-Class starting with the superb early ‘90s W124 500 E built by Porsche, and the ultra-rare E 60 AMG which briefly followed. The E-Class’ legend officially took off with the first E 55 from the late 90s and the subsequent supercharged E 55. Mercedes-AMG has never skipped a beat or suffered a faux-pas with the AMG versions of its E-Class and now, they’ve just revealed what may turn out to be the ultimate AMG “E” of all-time.
The new 2021 Mercedes-AMG E 63 S 4MATIC+ sedan and wagon have physically been updated and now feature a whole new front-end that bares the larger AMG-specific grille. The headlights are flatter, all-LED, and lead to two of the car’s most important design elements: the subtly flared fenders (now 27mm wider) and the power-dome hood. The E 63 S’ aerodynamics have been tweaked to perfection with a distinct front splitter that completes a jet-wing like design. It is entirely functional as it reduces lift over the front axle.
The rear has also received appreciable updates in the form of a trim strip in high-gloss chrome across the revised taillights. On the wagon, the strip continues on the very end of the lamps, emphasizing width and power. The rear now covers the near full-width of the cars and incorporates the quad 90 mm trapezoidal tailpipes which are, unfortunately, fake like the ones on all the AMG 43 cars. Between the extremities are wider wheels that explain the need for deeper flares. They are high-gloss tantalum grey 20-inch 5-twin-spoke wheels with a wider aero rim edge. They can be matte black as an option.
Accompanying the new body are some new colours including graphite grey metallic, high-tech silver metallic, and brilliant blue MAGNO. The AMG Night Package makes a return for those who love to black everything out.
Onboard, the new 2021 Mercedes-AMG E 63 S 4MATIC+ sedan and wagon carry on with their all-AMG feel and presentation. As standard, there’s Nappa leather everywhere, from the seats to the dashboard. The seat belts can now be specified in crystal grey, as an option and a nice touch. New for the E 63 4MATIC+ AMG Performance flat-bottom steering wheel with seamlessly integrated buttons. The centre console is loaded with AMG-specific touched including the control unit for the multiple drive programs, the 3-stage ESP, the manual transmission mode, the Adaptive Damping System, the AMG Performance exhaust system, and more.
Without a doubt, a highlight is the full integration of the Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) infotainment system with touchscreen and “Hey Mercedes” voice command interactions. Specific to the AMG E-Class is the AMG menu which calls up special displays for Engine Data, gear speed indicator, G-Meter, and RACETIMER.
The undeniable piece-de-résistance is the handcrafted AMG E 63 4MATIC+’s twin-scroll twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8. It returns with no less than 603 horsepower and 627 lb.-ft. of torque from 2,500 to 4,500 rpm. With the accompanying specially-tuned AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 9G transmission, the sedan will reach 100 km/h in 3.4 seconds while the wagon needs 0.2 extra seconds. Strangely, the 2021 cars’ sprint times have also increased by 0.2 seconds over the 2020 model year units.
Comfort does not take a back seat to performance in the E 63 as it is fitted with dynamic engine mounts that quickly and variably able to adapt their stiffness to the driving conditions. Relatedly, the car’s suspension is designed to cover all manners of driving conditions and, more importantly, meet the driver’s demands. The Adaptive Damping System combined with the new three-chamber air suspension system delivers as firm or as plush a ride as desired.
Putting all the power to good use is the AMG Performance 4MATIC+ variable AWD system with electronically controlled rear locking differential and the famous drift mode. The possibilities with this technology are nearly endless. It can generate maximum traction in slippery conditions all the way to pure RWD, in the event sideways action is desired.
Beyond the six DYNAMIC SELECT drive programs (“Slippery”, “Comfort”, “Sport”, “Sport+”, “Individual” and “RACE”), the AMG DYNAMICS vehicle dynamics control feature “Basic”, “Advanced”, “Pro” and “Master” levels which have an impact on ESP intervention, essentially giving the driver just enough rope for maximum pleasure, without fear of going too far.
The standard brakes are massive compound brake discs that measure 390 x 36 mm (with 6-piston calipers) upfront, and 360 x 26 mm( with single-piston calipers) in the rear. As always, an AMG Carbon Ceramic brake system, with even larger and wider discs, is available as a pricey option ($13,750 in Canada, $8,950 in the US, for the 2020 MY).
Truly, the new 2021 AMG E 63 4MATIC+ sedan and wagon remain at the top of their game and have arrived just in time to face-off against the revised BMW M5. The AMG has one serious advantage, in our opinion, and it’s the fact that it is available as a wagon. This, in turn, makes it the perfect, and slightly more powerful, rival to the all-new Audi RS 6 Avant.
Pricing for the 2021 AMG E 63 4MATIC+ sedan and wagon are not yet known. For reference, the 2020 Canadian pricing starts at $121,200 for the sedan, and $124,200. In the US, the 2020 Mercedes-AMG E 63 S 4 MATIC+ sedans are priced from $107,350 while the wagon starts at $111,750.
The Mercedes-AMG E 63 S 4MATIC+ Sedan and Wagon should arrive in early 2021.