Vital Stats

Twin-Turbo 5.5L V8
577 HP / 590 LB-FT
7-Speed Auto
0-60 Time:
3.6 Seconds
All-Wheel Drive
Curb Weight:
4,290 LBS
16 City / 24 HWY
As Tested Price:
$105,000 (est.)
Maybe you saw our recent blog snippet on a bunch of US journos getting pulled over in the middle of nowhere in Catalunya, Spain, for driving a bunch of new 2014 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG models. By all accounts, they weren't speeding – which makes me softly guffaw. I was there in that group, yet I had taken the more direct route into the mountains from Barcelona so that I could... well, so that I could go faster. No one hassled me and I had the Autovia all to myself. And it was the goodniks – the team players – who got nabbed because Spain had decided to suddenly enforce the never enforced "must carry an international driver's license" clause of the highway code.

The departing E63 AMG with 518 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque from its M157 5.5-liter biturbo V8 hasn't exactly been poorly received. It isn't as crisp as, nor as pleasantly evil as its C63 AMG kid brother, but we generally accept that the heavier and larger car will always feel, well, heavier and larger.

As part of the 2014 E-class mid-cycle redesign, Affalterbach decided to give its E63 AMG more power and torque for the occasion. The base car now gives off 550 hp and 531 lb-ft, while the hotter S version I tested (formerly the AMG Performance Pack) produces 577 hp and 590 lb-ft. The other big novelty is that E63 sedans will be available with both rear- and all-wheel drive, while all US-spec E63 wagons will be 4Matic equipped.

Driving Notes
  • All S-trimmed AMGs come standard with 4Matic all-wheel drive, as well as an AMG-specific 4Matic clutch pack integrated neatly to the rear of the 7G-Tronic gearbox housing. This unit really alters the game of the E63.
  • While the pumped-up standard E63 with rear-wheel drive now reels off 0-60 runs in an estimated 4.2 seconds, this E63 S with AMG 4Matic can straight-line to 60 mph in just 3.6. Compared to the non-S E63, this S rips it up at low revs when urged.
  • Not much has been altered for the chassis and suspension layout, so the ride and handling on the 19-inch Pirelli PZero treads – 255/35 front, 285/30 rear – and AMG sport suspension is entirely familiar. Merc knows how to coddle me Euro-style, even in an AMG model.
  • Things do get pretty hardcore due to the constant fore/aft torque split percentages of 33/67 via the AMG-specific 4Matic. (Non-AMG 4Matic E-Class models run a default 45/55 split, and it varies depending on road and driving conditions.)
  • Along with a completely new front axle to accommodate 4Matic and a more aggressive front wheel camber, there is a quicker 14.0:1 steering ratio versus standard E-class models at 17.4:1. The more hardcore AMG setup is programmed to be 25 percent heavier feeling than the Sport settings of the series car.
  • The steering action while driving along those Spanish curves was impressive, assisted by the rear axle mechanical differential lock that is standard on S models. This, coupled with the throttle's newfound urgency, makes for a far more aggressive E-class AMG than I've ever experienced. It's almost more along the lines of a C63 Black Series, honestly, yet more predictable at the hardest speeds.
  • The few tunnels that I shot through were perfect opportunities to shamelessly downshift and listen to the four-tip sport exhaust with the windows cranked down. (See our Short Cut video below.) The twin turbos make for a lower 6,500-rpm redline, but the rumble is as good as what we've come to expect from anything wearing an AMG badge.
  • My only trouble came from the AMG Speedshift version of the 7G-Tronic semi-automatic transmission. In Sport Plus or Manual modes, this transmission as programmed is awkward at times. The trouble is the ultra-conservative settings for upshifts, downshifts, and throttle response when called upon to punch hard from low speeds or in transitions. It is reassuring that Benz promises they are working hard on exactly this issue.
  • All of the redesigned E-class AMG models will arrive in August, and while Mercedes-Benz USA does not yet have exact pricing to announce, the rear-wheel-drive sedan should not vary greatly from its current price of $89,800 due to "current sensitivities in the marketplace." Adding 4Matic to the sedan and wagon (current base price $92,400) should set you back around $3,500. Want the S version in 4Matic sedan or wagon flavor? Be prepared for a further $15,000 hit.

Autoblog Short Cuts: 2014 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG

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      How this car gets 16/24 MPG is possibly one of the most impressive engineering feats of the car. Bravo AMG.
        • 1 Year Ago
        Ha! Stick your foot in it and watch the tank drain away. I wonder what car gets the biggest disparity between good driving MPG and racing lap MPG?
          Joe Liebig
          • 1 Year Ago
          If you want good high speed mpg, nothing beats diesel. At Autobahn-speed (120mph) diesel consumes 50-70% less.
          Joe Liebig
          • 1 Year Ago
          There is this nice top gear video where a BMW M3 and a prius face off. The Prius goes max speed round the track, and the M3 matches its speed. The M3 consumed less gas. I guess it's good that there is the EPA standard of measuring mpg.
          • 1 Year Ago
          I think one of the hybrid hyper car trio (Porsche 918, Ferrari F70, Mclaren P1) once they finally make production. Tooling around town with the monster engine turned off half the time and running electric, any one of them would probably be hitting the equivalent of 50-90 mpg. On full race mode with many hundreds of horsepower at their disposal, it's probably closer to 3 mpg.
        Vien Huynh
        • 1 Year Ago
        Unless u can try it out, Mpg just numbers on paper.
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      • 1 Year Ago
      I've complained before. Here again. Some automaker has to finally think up a creative way to hide the park assist sensors. All the smooth contours and interesting lines, then a scrabble of round buttons stuck here and there.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Can't wait for the E63, M5, XFR-S comparison.
      • 1 Year Ago
      A friend of mine works in a photography crew that works with a car magazine in US (can't name them due to data that is related to future issue that has not hit magazine stands yet), and they have clocked the new E63 S-AMG doing the 0-60 on average of 3.0 sec over six different runs. That's impressive. I want one, but would rather have a C63 Coupe 4Matic... The design is growing on me and can't wait for a drag race between this and the M5.
      • 1 Year Ago
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      i love it 3.6 too 60 :O and giving back 16/24 :OO
      • 1 Year Ago
      AWD, 577 horsepower, and 590 ft-lbs of torque, and not one mention of how the acceleration is? Come on Autoblog, I know this is a "Quick Spin" but there isn't a lot of info on how it drives. It sounds like you read straight from the press release. With that being said, USA is getting the E63 Wagon with the S Package and AWD? Sweet mother of God.
      • 1 Year Ago
      It sounds nice but it is ugly! Give me a M5 over this any day and I'm not even a BMW guy
      • 1 Year Ago
      They should wait for the CTS V to do an M5, A6-RS XF-R, E64 and CTS-V comparison. See who gets embarassed. I bet you Jaguar would loose. Audi would probably run away with it, if not Cadillac.
        • 1 Year Ago
        I don't know what world you in but I didn't know Audi made the A6-RS... nor Mercedes made the E64. I didn't know the CTS-V became an auto reviewer either.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Meh. Looks boring and those headlights look gaudy!!
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wow, amazing MPG stats!
      • 1 Year Ago
      Repeat after me: "B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L..."
        • 1 Year Ago
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