Review and photos by Peter Bleakney
Montserrat, Spain – The media presentation for the 2014 Mercedes-Benz E 63 AMG sedan and wagon was all very prim and proper. The car’s visual changes, feature content, fuel economy improvements and power gains were stated in a typically matter-of-fact Germanic way. At no time did an AMG engineer leap to his feet and holler, “In your face BMW with your girlie-man M5!”
2014 Mercedes-Benz E 63 AMG. Click image to enlarge
Although they probably wanted to.
The latest volley in this highly entertaining German über saloon pissing-contest is the 2014 E 63 AMG. Rival BMW M5 with its 560-hp, 500 lb-ft twin-turbo 4.4L V8 had the upper hand for a while, but now the lads at Mercedes’ AMG performance arm are countering with the 2014 E 63 AMG, available in both sedan and wagon guise.
Looking at the current 2013 E 63 AMG, it maxes out at “only” 518 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque from its 5.5L twin-turbo direct-injection V8. An available $7,500 Performance Package boosts the output to 550 hp and 590 lb-ft, but that is still ten ponies shy of the pesky Bimmer. Never mind that the Merc’s torque figure handily beats the M5 in either case – it’s horsepower that grabs the headlines.
So for 2014, the refreshed E 63 AMG in base form gets bumped to 550 hp and 531 lb-ft. Wait a sec… the M5 is still up by ten horsepower.
Drum roll please. AMG now offers an S-Model that, along with numerous cosmetic and mechanical upgrades, brags a nutty 577 hp and 590 lb-ft from the 5.5L blown V8. Wisely, the S-Model is only available with an AMG-modified 4Matic permanent all-wheel-drive system showing a 67 percent rear bias.
No smoky burnouts for you.
In fact, for Canada all 2014 E 63 AMGs will be equipped with 4Matic. The system adds 70 kg over the rear-wheel-drive cars that we don’t get.
As with the base 2014 E-Class, the new E 63 AMG get a smoother front end, LED headlights, recontoured flanks and new LED taillights. It’s a more integrated look, and the wagon in AMG getup looks especially striking to these eyes.
Specific to the E 63 AMG is the twin-blade radiator grill and “A-wing” in the front diffusor. The sedan gets a rear lip spoiler and all ride on AMG ten-spoke alloys – 18-inch for the base car and 19-inch matte titanium grey finish for the S-Model. You’ll also be able to spot the S by its red brake calipers, gloss black A-wing, silver chrome front splitter, side sill inserts and rear end trim strip.
Inside, the S has contrasting grey stitching on the black Nappa leather, a special Alcantara steering wheel with flattened top and bottom, silver seatbelts and headrests embossed with the AMG crest.
The S-Model also sports a mechanical limited-slip rear differential.
Seems the 2014 E 63 AMG S-Model puts up the numbers, too. Our current 2013 E 63 sedan with 518 hp rockets to 100 km/h in 4.3 seconds. The 2014 S-Model does it in a claimed 3.6 seconds.
In future, we’ll be seeing more S-Models across the AMG range.