by Adrian-Liviu Dorofte

PREVIEW: The new 2013 Mercedes-Benz E 63 AMG will be an outrageous performance limo

The new 2013 generation of the Mercedes-Benz E 63 AMG will be, according to sources, a true revelation among performance saloons. Not only will it have an updated styling, with a dynamic front end personalized with the addition of the fresh AMG twin-blade grille, the new headlights and the overall muscular look, but it will also boast major technical upgrades compared to the outgoing model. Motor Trend journalists were lucky enough to get a preview at a special pre-launch presentation event organized by the Affalterbach-based company and conducted by Mercedes-AMG head Ola Kaellenius and development chief Tobias Moers.

The two men gave the gathered press representatives a competent insight into the novelties the new 2013 E 63 AMG is bringing up on the market when launched in early January next year at the Detroit Motor Show.

First of all, this is the first AMG-prepped E-Class in history to utilize an all-wheel-drive traction system. It would have been an easy task to just head over to the Mercedes-Benz technology bin, pick up the already existing 4MATIC system and transplant it like so onto the new car. But, guess what? It would not have fitted the sports character of the E 63 AMG. That is why, as Tobias Moers further explains, the 4MATIC platform has undergone some severe tweaking as to deliver the desired performance. While in the standard version, it featured a variable front-to-rear ratio, in its AMG form, the 4MATIC sports a rear-biased, fixed 33%-67% transmission ratio. Moreover, many components used to build the new system are lighter or reduced in size, so that the overall kerb weight stays as low as possible.

If you were wondering what is going to happen with the V8 engine roaring under the front bonnet, then you are about to have a surprise. According to officials, the new 2013 Mercedes-Benz E 63 AMG will boast an intensively modified M157 V8 BITURBO unit with state-of-the-art direct injection and biturbo-charging, with 5.5 litres in displacement and no less than 575 hp as peak output - an increase of 50 hp compared to the current 525 hp value. The maximum amount of torque is yet to be communicated, but it could be pretty well over 700 Nm.

The forthcoming E 63 AMG series will also be equipped with the revolutionary Launch Control system which is taken straight from the SLS AMG. It features four individual programs: C (Comfort), S (Sport), S+ (Sport Plus) and Race Launch. In its high-end stage and helped by a skillful driver, also together with the impressive technical capabilities already mentioned, the car can easily do 0-100 km/h in just 3.4 seconds, as Tobias Moers explains. Which is years faster than other current supercars can achieve.

The conclusion is simple, as Motor Trend journalists put it straightforward: big congrats to the AMG engineering team for their brilliant work! The upcoming Mercedes-Benz E 63 AMG is already a car from the future, king in a class of its own. Now, the main competitors can't help but raise their hats as a sign of respect of front of the new king of the sports limousines' league.

Read the original article and view more pictures at:

- Motor Trend: 2014* Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG 4Matic Development Mule First Look

* On the US market, the model is already catalogued as 2014 model year, but in Europe it stays 2013, the designation we use.

Image Credits: Motor Trend

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