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Mercedes-Benz’s next-generation E-Class sedan has been revealed but by the time it reaches showrooms in the fall we should have also had our first look at the high-performance version from Mercedes-AMG. Our latest spy shots shows the sledgehammer of a sedan undergoing cold-weather testing.
Much of the earlier camouflage gear has now been removed revealing the aggressive look of the car with its myriad of intakes in the front bumper, quad-exhaust tips at the rear and chunky alloy wheels and brakes at all four corners. The interior should be similar to what we see in the new E-Class albeit with unique AMG treatments thrown in.
In line with Mercedes-AMG’s latest naming strategy, the high-performance E-Class will simply be badged an E63. There will also be an E63 S variant with a little extra poke. Both will receive their power from Mercedes-AMG’s new twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8.
All-wheel drive should be standard, at least for the United States. While regular versions of the new E-Class come with a nine-speed automatic, it’s not clear if the AMG model will have that many gears. It’s possible the E63 will continue with AMG’s seven-speed SpeedShift MCT automatic which uses a wet start-up clutch instead of a conventional torque converter.
It’s also not clear how much power the E63 will pack but expect at least 550 horsepower in the standard model and upwards of 600 horses for the E63 S. Remember, Cadillac’s CTS-V is now rated at a staggering 640 hp, so the Germans have some catching up to do.
Further performance gains will come from the adoption of the lightweight and stiff MRA platform which debuted in the latest C-Class. The current E63 AMG, though quick, weighs as much as 4,431 pounds in some guises. Autonomous driving technology is also a key element of the MRA platform.
A debut should take place soon, possibly as early as next month’s 2016 New York Auto Show.
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