The first image of the updated Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG has surfaced. The E-class has had a major mid-life overhaul, with distinct new styling, and after the coupe and cabriolet versions were revealed last week, the performance saloon is the last to receive the tweaks.
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The twin-headlight look the E-class has sported for over 15 years is replaced by a more aggressive front-end, with a more muscular front bumper. All in all, it’s a more pugnacious, pumped-up look that should help challenge the F10 BMW M5 that has dominated the sports saloon market of late. An Audi RS7 quattro also launches this year.
A twin-turboharged 5.5-litre V8 engine remains up front, rumoured to be receiving a subtle boost, taking its power and torque to 542bhp and 531lb ft – up from 518bhp and 516lb ft. An optional AMG performance pack will once again boost these numbers by around five per cent.
While UK cars will remain rear-wheel drive, other markets – chiefly America – will get a 4MATIC all-wheel-drive system on the options list. It should marginally cut acceleration times and is reckoned to gain a more rear-biased torque split than regular E-class 4MATICs.
The new Mercedes E63 AMG will be unveiled alongside the rest of the new E-class range at the 2013 Detroit motor show, which starts on January 14.