The 2021 Mercedes-AMG E63 S lineup is here, and it’s chock full of improvements. No, said improvements don’t extend to the powertrain. The new E63 retains the previous version’s 4.0-litre V8 biturbo engine, which produces 603hp and 850Nm of torque in the top-line S version. Power continues to be sent to all four wheels through a 9-speed automatic gearbox.
The front end gets the A-shaped grille inspired by the Panamericana 300SL; it is beautifully integrated and gives this AMG a far more aggressive look than before. Twelve vertical slats emphasize the vehicle’s family resemblance to the AMG GT range.
The rear end of the sedan gets a significant makeover as well: the previously vertical, egg-shaped taillights are replaced by horizontal taillights that give the E63 a more tight and sporty, if somewhat less distinctive, look. The wagon model retains the shape of the taillights, which have always been horizontal, but the inner workings are tweaked to more closely resemble the new sedan’s.
Although the output is unchanged, Mercedes-AMG says considerable tuning has been carried out to widen the E63’s performance window. Work has also been done to refine the dampers and chassis, while the dynamic engine mounts on the E63 S have been tweaked so they adapt more quickly to driving conditions.
Further development has been carried out on the AMG Dynamic Select software, which adjusts the drive programmes, all-wheel-drive systems, and ESP stability control. The AMG Dynamics Plus package, which includes a Race drive mode and Drift function, is standard on the E63 S and is offered as an option for the base model for the first time. The E63 sedan has a 0-100kph time of 3.5sec, with the S version achieving that in 3.4sec.
Inside, the E63 features similar tweaks to the rest of the facelifted E-class range, including the latest version of the MBUX infotainment system and digital instrument display, both of which offer bespoke AMG display options.
There is also a new twin-spoke AMG Performance steering wheel with haptic feedback controls, and it includes a ‘hands on’ sensor that will trigger warnings and, eventually, activate emergency brake assist if it detects the driver does not have their hands on the wheel for an extended period. Mated to the new wheel are larger aluminium paddleshifters that can operate the 9-speed transmission.