Everything new out of Mercedes-Benz doesn’t always reach our radar… that is until the acronym AMG enters the picture. Such is the case with the new generation E-Class. Announced at the New York Auto Show, we weren’t too taken aback by the new E-Class on account of its evolutionary upgrades, including a subtle restyle that begs not to be noticed.
If you feel a little too wet behind the ears to handle the 514-hp E63 AMG, then you could opt for the new AMG sports package that adds unique items like a new front apron with larger cooling inlets, a pair of chrome-tipped tailpipes and 18-inch five-spoke alloy wheels. While the sports package isn’t a true AMG overhaul since the engines in the E350 and E500 have been left alone, their suspensions have been firmed up with steel springs and their steering sharpened a bit. Cross-drilled rotors and special silver calipers also portend this package’s sporting intentions.
Inside the cockpit the AMG treatment continues with unique color combinations and the use of special ARTICO man-made leather. The seats have been recontoured to provide better lateral support and the stock steering wheel has been replaced with an AMG ergonomic sports steering wheel.
Despite the lack of engine upgrades, an E-Class with the AMG sports package will accelerate faster thanks to the 7G-TRONIC Sport transmission, which, when used in manual mode, will shave an additional .2 seconds off your blast to sixty.
Pricing for the new package ranges from € 4,611 to € 5,365 ($5,692 to $6,623 US). It will be available in June, although the fact MB provided pricing in Euro doesn’t bode well for North American inclusion anytime soon.
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AMG sports package for the new-generation E-Class: Upgrade and even more dynamism for a bestseller
Affalterbach, Apr 19, 2006
Mercedes-AMG is making the new-generation E-Class even more dynamic. The new AMG sports package combines an array of appealing optional items (many of them not available on their own), such as AMG bodystyling, more sportily tuned suspension, special seats and the AMG ergonomic sports steering wheel.
AMG bodystyling includes a strikingly shaped AMG front apron with large cooling air inlets and chrome-ringed, oval fog lamps, as well as a powerful AMG rear apron featuring two oval, chromed AMG exhaust tailpipes. New rear silencers help to provide a rich engine note. Also included in the AMG sports package are sterling-silver-painted 8.5-inch and 9-inch-wide 18-inch AMG light-alloy wheels in a classic five-spoke design, shod with 245/40 R 18 (front) and 265/35 R 18 (rear ) wide-base tyres. The 4MATIC models are fitted with 245/40 tyres on AMG 8.5 x 18 light-alloy wheels front and rear. Enhanced levels of handling dynamism are ensured by the more sporty suspension tuning on models with steel springs, speed-sensitive power-assisted steering and perforated front brake discs plus silver-painted brake callipers bearing Mercedes-Benz lettering.
Special seats providing better lateral support plus AMG ergonomic sports steering wheel
The AMG sports package's roll-call of impressive features is continued inside, with sporty and stylish combinations of colours and materials. Modified contouring of the special front seats means they give even better lateral support on fast bends. Upholstery in ARTICO man-made leather with colour-contrasting double topstitching lends the interior its own particular atmosphere. Further specification belonging to the AMG sports package includes the new, leather-covered AMG ergonomic sports steering wheel, the sports-look leather/aluminium selector lever, sports pedals made of brushed stainless steel with rubber studs, and velour floor mats with AMG lettering.
Models with automatic transmission come with the 7G-TRONIC Sport version. In manual mode "M" the gears can be changed using new steering-wheel shift paddles, while faster response and shift times add yet further to the pleasure of driving the car. In addition, acceleration times are also shortened by up to 0.2 seconds – for instance from 6.9 to 6.7 seconds in the case of the E 350, and from 5.1 to 4.9 seconds in the case of the E 500.
The AMG sports package at a glance:
- AMG bodystyling, consisting of front and rear aprons
- Rear silencers with a sporty engine note and chromed oval AMG exhaust tailpipes
- 5-spoke 18-inch AMG light-alloy wheels, sterling-silver-painted
- Mixed-size tyres, 245/40 R 18 at the front and 265/35 R 18 at the rear (4MATIC models 245/40 R 18 front and rear)
- Silver-painted front brake callipers with Mercedes-Benz lettering (except 4MATIC models)
- Internally ventilated, perforated front brake discs
- Sporty suspension tuning (in conj. with steel springs) Interior:
- Sports seats covered in ARTICO man-made leather with contrasting double topstitching
- AMG ergonomic steering wheel with shift paddles (in conj. with automatic transmission)
- Speed-sensitive power steering
- 7G-TRONIC Sport with manual shift program and steering-wheel shift paddles (in conj. with automatic transmission)
- Sporty selector lever (in conj. with automatic transmission)
- Stainless steel pedals with black rubber studs
- Velour floor mats with AMG lettering