Want a recipe for a super-exciting four door sport sedan? Drop in a handbuilt AMG powerplant from your most expensive sports car into the otherwise-tame 4 door E-Class, boost the suspension and slow-down-and-stop, add some bling and call it a day. The 2010 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG gets the same powerplant as AMG's own SL63, and on-road experience in the latter car shows this motor is truly breathtaking.
Say what you will about the new 2010 E-Class's styling, but in AMG trim the rather ordinary new E gets its chance to look good for the cameras, if you manage to catch one on the road going slowly enough to get a good look.
The E63 AMG is more than a new body and a big motor, and seems to have received the little touches that will allow it to finally compete with the best from BMW and Audi in the driving dynamics department. The E AMG no longer uses a torque converter psuedo-manual, canning that outdated technology in favor of a 7-speed automanual featuring a wet-sump clutch constantly submerged in an oil bath for smooth shifts and protection against wear.
The E63 suspension system is completely revised, with a new steel-springed strut setup up front and an AMG-specific air suspension out back, with all the expected launch and stability controls and other annoyances. Thankfully, the nannies can be sent home for the most part when the 2010 E63 AMG is put into sport mode.
Deliveries for the latest and greatest E-Class begin this August in Europe, with a US release date quick to follow in November 2009. Base price info has not yet been released, but expect something in the $70,000-$85,000 range.
2010 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG Specifications
|Wheels||Available forged 19-inch AMG light-alloy wheels|
|Tires Front||255/35 R 19|
|Tires Rear||285/30 R 19|
|Suspension||AMG RIDE CONTROL sports suspension with steel-spring front struts, rear air AMG air suspension|
|Layout||Front Engine, RWD|
|Transmission||AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed sports transmission|
|Differential||Electronic locking LSD with ESP selectable suspension characteristics|
|Type:||Handbuilt AMG V8 introduced on SL63 AMG Roadster|
|Torque||465 lb-ft. (630 Nm)|
|Acceleration 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h)||4.5 seconds|
|Top Speed||155 mph, electronically limited|