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Road Test: 2010 Mercedes-Benz E 63 AMG

MB E 63 AMG_01Mercedes-Benz E 63 AMG has 6.2-litre V8 engine which develops an output of 386 kW/525 hp and a torque of 630 newton metres. In addition to the engine, the Speedshift MCT 7-speed sports transmission has also been borrowed from the SL 63 roadster. This transmission dispenses with a conventional torque converter and uses a compact, wet start-up clutch. With four individual drive modes, the double-declutching and Race Start functions, the transmission feels like it’s been borrowed from a race car. The four drive modes are: C (controlled efficiency), S (sport), S+ (sport plus) and M (manual), which can be selected using a rotary electronic switch in the AMG drive unit.

Gear changes take place instantly. In manual mode the AMG Speedshift transmission allows gearshifts to be performed in 100 milliseconds. Although there isn’t really any need to drive on the manual mode as the transmission works great on the C, S and S+ modes, it is nice to put it on the manual mode and play with the engine sounds by changing the gears manually with the paddle shifts at the steering wheel. When traveling on a longer journey you can choose the more fuel-efficient drive mode ”C”. Then the transmission shifts the gears decidedly smoothly and the transmission control unit is programmed to perform early upshifts to keep engine speeds as low as possible.

E 63 AMG accelerates from standstill to 100 km/h in just 4.5 seconds, with an electronically limited top speed of 250 km/h. The high-revving, naturally aspirated engine with a displacement of 6208 cc impresses with its muscular power and with its beautiful, growling sounds. The AMG V8 offers some of the best sounds that you can find from a sedan model and you won’t get bored with them very quickly. Despite you now have 11 extra horsepower comparing to the preceding model, the fuel consumption of the new E 63 AMG has been significantly reduced.

Official fuel consumption of the E 63 AMG is 12,6 litres of super-premium grade petrol per 100 kilometres. This means that the fuel consumption of the E 63 AMG is almost twelve percent lower than before. On out test drive the fuel consumption was 14,7 litres per 100 kilometres, which isn’t too bad considering the engine size and the power it produces. Reduction in fuel consumption has been made possible by a package of efficiency-enhancing measures. These include on-demand delivery of fuel and alternator management with recuperation of braking energy on the overrun, both of which are standard in the new E 63 AMG. In-engine friction is also reduced by the AMG-exclusive twin-wire arc spray coating process used on the cylinder walls. The AMG Speedshift MCT 7-speed sports transmission also makes a decisive contribution to fuel economy: a wet start-up clutch running in an oil bath replaces the previous torque converter.

AMG ride control sports suspension uses new steel spring struts on the front axle, but at the rear there are AMG-specific air springs. The advantage of this solution, which is exclusive to AMG, is that the front steel spring struts ensure more sensitive responses while the rear air struts with their automatic level control system keep the vehicle at a constant height irrespective of the load. A new, electronically controlled damping system automatically varies the damping characteristics according to the driving situation, reducing the roll angle of the body. In addition the driver is able to choose between the three suspension modes of Comfort, Sport and Sport plus at the touch of a button.

The E 63 AMG is also equipped with a newly developed, dedicated front axle with a 45-millimetre wider track, a tubular stabiliser, new control arms, new wheel bearings, new elastokinematics and new hub carriers for more negative camber providing more grip when taking bends at speed. The rear axle likewise has more negative camber, optimised elastokinematics and a new subframe mounting for greater stability at the physical limits.

The 3-stage ESP allows the driver to choose between “ESP ON”, “ESP SPORT” and “ESP OFF”, although touching the ESP button is only recommendable at the track or when you have a wide space where you can spin your car. Deceleration is ensured by the high-performance braking system with 360-millimetre, internally ventilated and perforated brake discs all-round. Particularly resistant, motorsports-tested composite technology is used at the front axle. The newly developed, optional ceramic composite brakes with larger brake discs guarantee even better brake performance and lower unsprung masses. The ceramic brake discs will perform reliably at even higher operating temperatures thanks to their greater hardness, all combined with an impressive weight reduction of around 40 percent. Outstanding grip is ensured by the 18-inch AMG light-alloy wheels with a width of nine and 9.5 inches and mixed tyre sizes of 255/40 R 18 at the front and 285/35 R 18 at the rear.

The front aspect is characterised by 17-millimetre wider wings with 6.3 AMG lettering, the new AMG front apron with large intake air apertures and the AMG-specific daytime driving lights in LED technology. In conjunction with the optional Intelligent Light System, the E 63 AMG is equipped with tinted main headlamps. AMG model is also equipped with AMG side sill panels and AMG rear apron with a black insert. As a final touch, the AMG sports exhaust system has two newly designed, chrome-plated twin tailpipes. E 63 AMG’s interior features include the dedicated, electrically adjustable sports seats with improved lateral support and sports steering wheel in a four-spoke design with shift paddles. The AMG drive unit provides adjustments for the MCT sports transmission, the ESP functions, the suspension set-up and the AMG drive modes.

The AMG e-select selector lever in the centre console is a completely new feature for the drive unit. The driver can shift directly between R, N and D simply by nudging the lever, which uses drive-by-wire technology. Standard equipment also includes high-grade leather upholstery in three different colours, the AMG instrument cluster with an AMG main menu, door entry sills with AMG lettering and a sports pedal cluster, both in brushed stainless steel. These features make sure that your AMG is exclusive enough compared to the standard E-Class.

Specification

Engine/cylinder

  • Petrol
  • 8-cylinder
  • 6208cc

Power

  • 386 kW (525 hp) / 6800rpm

Torque

  • 630 Nm / 5200rpm

Transmission

  • 7-speed automatic
  • RWD

0-100km/h / 0-62mph

  • 4.5 seconds

Top speed

  • 250 km/h
  • 155 mph

Fuel consumption

  • 12.6 l/100km

CO2 emissions

  • 295 g/km

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