The facelifted Mercedes-AMG E63 S sedan has been revealed just a day after BMW unwrapped its refreshed M5 Competition. Affalterbach’s updated super-saloon combines high performance with what the firm describes as “considerably more comfort”.

Nothing’s changed under the bonnet, though, where a twin-turbo 4,0-litre V8 in the E63 S still delivers 450 kW and 850 N.m to all four corners (4Matic+ … again with a “drift mode”) via a nine-speed automatic transmission. As before, this results in a sprint from standstill to 100 km/h in a claimed 3,4 seconds. Top speed is an electronically governed 300 km/h.

The design update, meanwhile, includes the adoption of a larger central cooling air inlet in the “completely restyled” front section. The LED headlamps are flatter than before, while Mercedes-AMG claims the wheel arches have been flared “further outwards” (some 27 mm). Furthermore, the bonnet gains fresh powerdomes and the front apron has been revised.

Round back, you’ll notice fresh taillamps extending into the boot lid, where they are linked with a high-gloss chrome trim strip. The lip on the boot lid is painted in the colour of the vehicle or offered in carbon-fibre with the optional AMG Carbon-Fibre Package Exterior II. The rear apron, too, has been revised, with its lower element finished in high-gloss black, while the twin-tailpipe trim elements has also been reshaped (and offered in various finishes).

The cabin, meanwhile, gains Mercedes-Benz’s “widescreen cockpit” arrangement comprising a pair of 12,25-inch displays in the E63 S, along with a new AMG Performance steering wheel with “haptic sensing aids” and the latest MBUX infotainment system featuring AMG-specific functions.

As standard, the E63 S runs on new 20-inch five-twin-spoke light-alloy wheels, which Mercedes-AMG says have been “aerodynamically optimised”. New body colours include graphite grey metallic, high-tech silver metallic and brilliant blue magno (the latter you might recognise from the AMG GT family).

Mercedes-AMG says the “comfort characteristics” of the suspension have been “tangibly increased” thanks to retuning and revised elastokinematics. Due to a special spring and damper setup and the adaptive damping system, Benz says the new three-chamber air suspension system now combines “exemplary driving dynamics” with high levels of refinement and comfort.