CAR associate editor Gareth Dean gets behind the wheel of the Mercedes-AMG E63 S 4Matic+ 9G-Tronic. Here’s what he thinks about the 450 kW super saloon. As you might expect, Mercedes-AMG took advantage of this updated model to serve up an even more sophisticated version of the E63 S 4Matic+. It’s all about headlining numbers with this top-of-the-line weapon: 450 kW/850 N.m, 0-100 km/h in a claimed 3,4 seconds and a top speed limited to 300 km/h, harnessed by all-wheel drive with fully variable torque distribution.
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).
According to the manufacturer, the “comfort characteristics” of the Mercedes-AMG E63 S 4Matic+ 9G-Tronic’s suspension 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.
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 of the Mercedes-AMG E63 S 4Matic+ 9G-Tronic, 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).