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Mercedes-AMG E63 S review – design

Big supersaloons nowadays are no more subtle than actual supercars; the current black-packed and 20-inch wheel-shod UK specification is a prime example of this

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  • Incredible acceleration and pace, a strong engine, and really involving handling
  • E63 S ride is firm, expensive rear tyres won’t last long if you use Drift Mode

Thanks to some awkward model-cycle timing, the Mercedes E-class is often revealed right at the end of a design era, with an all-new S-class generally driving forward a new design direction that's generally missed out on by the E-class. As a result, it's generally given a fairly hefty mid-cycle update to suit the rest of the range, of which this generation has, but perhaps without the extremes of it's predecessor. The overall stance is much the same for the update, however the reformed front and rear bumpers are noticeable and do suit the 63's character. 

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This time around, AMG has fitted the usual Panamericana grille, giving it some extra visual punch which was needed in comparison to the Audi RS6. Yet the overall design is certainly more nuanced than it appears. Like BMW does with the M5, the E63’s body-in-white is shared with lesser E-class models, but fits bespoke panels forward of the A-pillar.

The main difference is the E63’s adoption of a nose cone-style front bumper, with the bonnet shut line sitting behind the front grille, rather than forming its leading edge as on normal E-class models. This is enhanced by the wider front arches and a domed bonnet, both of which are bespoke to the E63. The effect isn’t immediately recognisable, but put an E63 next to a standard E-class and the differences are certainly visible.

If you’re after a subtle E63 S it might be tricky, as AMG’s removal of silver wheels, brushed alloy brightwork or a smaller wheel and tyre package make it an aggressive car no matter the colour and specification in 2020.

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