Mercedes-Benz recently introduced a new E-Class, and that means that an AMG sport sedan version couldn’t be far behind. The 2010 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG will hit showrooms in November 2009 and represents some very welcome advancements over the previous model. By taking a few cues from the AMG SL63 roadster, this new E63 just may be the most exciting one ever.
Under the hood is the 6.3-liter V8 that pumps out a whopping 518 horsepower and 465 lb-ft of torque, the same as the aforementioned roadster. Also borrowed from the SL63 is seven-speed dual clutch gearbox. Instead of a traditional torque converter, this transmission has a “multi-disc we start-up clutch” and is controlled through four different driving modes, a Race Start launch control function, and rev-matching on the shifts. The long and short of it is that this transmission allows this new E63 to better apply its power to the road, and to do that in a more efficient manner. The transmission, along with a few other tweaks, makes the new E63 12% more fuel efficient than the previous model, despite having a more powerful engine (the old one had 507 horsepower).
The top speed of the 2010 E63 AMG has been limited to 155 mph, and getting to that point will be a blast. The seven-speed transmission helps the E63 AMG accelerate from 0-to-60 mph in a mere 4.4 seconds. And once you get to that point, you’ll still have a comfortable ride thanks to a brand new AMG Ride Control sport suspension system. This system features a revised front suspension geometry as well as electronically controlled damping that will ensure that the ride stays comfortable, and the car stays flat, regardless of how hard you push it.
The interior is appointed in the expected swath of leather and gadgets. In fact, the sheer amount of gadgets, buttons, screens, and gauges may be a bit overwhelming for those who don’t have a degree in Computer Science, but there’s not too much to worry about. Mercedes-Benz knows how to make a car that operates well with minimal input from passengers. If you love the nuts and bolts of tuning your ride comfort, feel free to dig in, but the standard settings are more than adequate and will likely remain untouched by most drivers.
The 2010 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG looks like it’ll be a great addition to the model’s heritage. It’s got more power, but greater efficiency, and the new suspension system will take the relatively high weight of the car and keep it in check through the corners. No official word on pricing yet, but when the car hits showrooms this November, expect it to be in the neighborhood of $90,000 (the current model sells at $87,700).