By Aaron Bragman on January 9, 2013
Mercedes-Benz is planning to use next week's 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit to unveil its refreshed 2014 E-Class lineup, and it has published details about two models that are sure to get some hearts beating faster. The 2014 E63 AMG 4MATIC and E63 AMG S-Model 4MATIC will make their global debuts at the show, wearing updated sheet metal and new interiors. They will feature more power and the first-ever standard all-wheel-drive configuration for the North American market.
The standard E63 AMG sedan will come with a twin-turbo 5.5-liter V-8 engine making a whopping 550 horsepower and 531 pounds-feet of torque that's channeled to all four wheels by Mercedes' 4MATIC all-wheel-drive system. If zero to 60 in 3.6 seconds just isn't quick enough for you, upgrade to the new S-Model that features a more powerful 577-hp engine, another 59 pounds-feet of torque and lops off 0.1 seconds to 60 mph. The S-Model also will be available as a wagon, but sadly without the E-Class wagon's rear-facing third-row jump seat, eliminated in the name of weight balance. All models will feature Mercedes' seven-speed automatic transmission and an electronic adjustable sport suspension.
Inside, a new interior shared with the revised 2014 E-Class gets AMG-specific upgrades for the E63, including optional sport seats with contrasting stitching, a unique gauge cluster, silver seat belts and an Alcantara-covered steering wheel. Dash and door trim can be had in wood, piano-black lacquer or carbon fiber. An optional 14-speaker AMG Bang & Olufsen audio system is available with a 1,200-watt amplifier if you grow tired of hearing the glorious engine sounds.
Outside, a new front end has all-LED headlights and gaping air openings below the bumper, and it now features what Mercedes-Benz calls its A-Wing family look. The S-Model gets some slightly different styling, including a glossy-black A-Wing, red-colored brake calipers, S-badges on the trunk and speedometer, optional carbon-ceramic brakes and unique 19-inch matte gray wheels. Available on either model will be an exterior carbon fiber styling package and an AMG-branded carbon fiber engine cover.
The new E63 AMG is scheduled to go on sale this summer.
Detroit Bureau Chief Aaron Bragman grew up in the Detroit area, comes from an automotive family and is based in Ann Arbor, Mich. Email Aaron