Every detail of the exterior and interior is designed to enable AMG Driving Performance to be experienced first hand. The expressive exterior design is all about graceful edges and defined muscles. With a completely distinctive design forward of the A-pillar, the sporty front also demonstrates the effort that Mercedes‑AMG has put into the styling: For the first time on an AMG sedan, the bonnet is inset between the wings and bumper like in true coupé style, thus exhibiting an entirely new, more dynamic approach to the sculpting.
The interior reinforces the vehicle’s dynamism with numerous specially designed details. Ideal for a sporty driving style, the performance sports steering wheel in black leather features a flattened bottom section, Touch Control and electroplated shift paddles, as well as a steering wheel bezel with the AMG logo. Improved lateral support allows the driver and front passenger to enjoy a secure position in the front sport seats even when driving at speed.
The E 63 S is equipped with the innovative AMG Performance 4MATIC+ all-wheel drive system. This newly engineered, intelligent system brings together the advantages of various drive configurations. Torque distribution on the front and rear axles, which is fully variable for the first time, ensures optimum traction right up to the physical limit. The driver is also able to rely on high driving stability and handling safety under all conditions. The transition from rear-wheel to all-wheel drive and back again is seamless, because intelligent control is integrated into the vehicle system architecture as a whole. It is still possible to drift thanks to fully variable torque distribution.
To supplement the RACETIMER, Mercedes-AMG developed the new AMG TRACK PACE app that enables drivers to analyze and improve their track driving style and to share this with other AMG drivers via Facebook, Vimeo, YouTube or the AMG Private Lounge. This app for Apple iPhones® is connected to the on-board race app in the head unit via wifi or Bluetooth®. The COMAND Online infotainment system transmits all vehicle data – including speed, gear, steering angle, time, position and temperature – to the app in real time. The smartphone app can also be connected with GoPro cameras so that the driver can obtain an interactive video of their racing experience featuring all the related data.
The AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT nine-speed sports transmission is specially tuned to requirements in the new E 63 S 4MATIC+. This involved re-engineering hardware and software alike.
A special software development enables extremely short shift times, fast multiple downshifts and the double-clutching function, making for a highly emotive gearshifting experience. A wet start-off clutch replaces the torque converter. This saves weight and optimises the response time to the driver’s accelerator pedal input, particularly when accelerating and during load changes.
To improve traction and vehicle dynamics, the E 63 S 4MATIC+ has an electronically controlled rear differential lock. This reduces the slip on the inside wheel when cornering, without control interventions in the braking system. This ensures that the driver is able to accelerate out of corners earlier and with more power thanks to the improved traction. The greatest benefit of the electronic rear-axle limited-slip differential is the even more sensitive and proactive control, which pushes the thresholds higher and makes it even easier to drive at the vehicle’s limits.
The versatile AMG 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 engine in the E 63 S 4MATIC+ takes peak performance to a new level at 450 kW (612 hp). Maximum torque attains a new best value of 850 Nm. It is available over a broad engine speed range of 2500 to 4500 rpm and so provides a feeling of effortless superiority in every accelerator pedal position. A sprint from zero to 100 km/h is absolved in 3.4 seconds, and this dynamic acceleration only ends at the governed top speed of 250 km/h (with AMG Driver's package: 300 km/h).
Two twin-scroll turbochargers are deployed for the first time to boost performance and improve responsiveness further.