Following in the wheel tracks of its closest cross-town German competitor, Mercedes-AMG’s executive-sized super sedan and wagon duo has gone under the knife for 2021.
The bulk of the changes to the facelifted Mercedes-AMG E63 and E63 S are visual, with the models adopting AMG’s trademark Panamericana grille that’s shared with the GT sports car and a plethora of other AMG models.
The regular E-Class facelift’s reshaped LED headlights carry over to the range-topper, while restyled lower air intakes also feature.
At the rear, slimmer LED tail-lights on the sedan are complemented by new titanium-finish exhaust outlets on S models and a restyled bumper and lower diffuser.
27mm-wider wheel arches also feature front and rear.
Inside, the revised E63 scores the standard 2021 E-Class’ MBUX infotainment system with dual 12.25-inch touchscreens, ‘Hey Mercedes’ voice control, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, in addition to a new steering wheel with sensors in the rim to detect if the driver has taken their hands off for long period of time and display warnings accordingly.
What hasn’t changed is the powerplant sitting under the bonnet: Mercedes-AMG’s venerable 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8, developing 420kW of power and 750Nm of torque in ‘standard’ E63 models.
Drive is sent to the tarmac through a nine-speed multi-clutch automatic transmission and variable all-wheel-drive system.
Opting for the S trim ups those outputs to 450kW and 850Nm, and cuts the 0-100km/h claim for the sedan and wagon to 3.3 and 3.4 seconds respectively.
Performance features under the skin include AMG Ride Control+ adaptive suspension, six drive modes (Slippery, Comfort, Sport, Sport+, Individual and Race), variable steering, a multi-mode sports exhaust and a high-performance steel braking package for S models consisting of six-piston, 390mm stoppers up front and 360mm single-piston units at the rear.
The 2021 Mercedes-AMG E63 S will go on sale in Australia towards the end of 2020 in full-fat S trim only.