New Mercedes-AMG E63 S launched to rival 2020 BMW M5 Competition

Affalterbach has tweaked the E63 for 2020, introducing new design elements and adding more tech

Mercedes-AMG has launched the facelifted E63 S, complete with fresh design elements previewed on the new E-class in March. More technology is also on the cards, and the new model will be available in both saloon and practical estate forms. Pricing is yet to be announced. Both a standard E63 and more powerful E63 S will be available in markets overseas, but only the more powerful S model will be available in the UK. 

At first glance you’ll notice the use of more rounded multibeam LED headlight units, alongside AMG’s now-trademark Panamericana vertical-slat grille, and a somewhat less aggressive overall design. As before, the front wheel arches have been widened compared to the standard E-class to accommodate a  27mm wider track, while larger intakes feed the charge coolers that keep the twin-turbo V8 running cool.

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At the rear, sharper tail light units extend into the bootlid and redesigned trapezoidal exhaust exits can be had in either a bright chrome, or ‘matt titanium’ finish on the S model. On the saloon, you’ll find a lip spoiler in either body colour or optional carbonfibre, with a new diffuser coming in gloss black. A handful of new paint shades are also available for the exterior, including the matt ‘Brilliant Blue Magno’ previously exclusive to the AMG GT range. 

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Under those swollen arches sit a set of 20-inch wheels units as standard (non-S models run on 19s as standard), available in matt black or diamond cu. Sitting behind them are 390mm six-piston front, 360mm single-piston rear brakes – an optional 402mm front, 360mm rear carbon-ceramic upgrade is also available.

Power from the 4-litre twin-turbocharged V8 remains the same as before: 603bhp and 627lb ft of torque are the headline figures for the S, trailing 13bhp behind the new M5 Competition. Step down to the standard E63, and you receive 563bhp and 553lb ft of torque.

On-paper performance is unchanged, but the figures are impressive nonetheless. Power is sent through a nine-speed wet-clutch automatic transmission to all four wheels for a 3.4sec 0-62mph time in the E63 S saloon, a tenth sooner than in the non-S, and a tenth behind the also recently updated BMW M5 Competition. Top speed comes at 186mph should you opt for the AMG Driver’s package. However, it’ll top out at 155mph without it.

As with the car it replaces, all variants come equipped with a variable all-wheel drive system  that is predominantly rear-biased, but the S takes it a step further by including a drift mode that physically disconnects the front axle. The S also features trick dynamic engine mounts as standard. 

As well as incorporating Merc’s latest MBUX infotainment system, the most obvious change inside is the new AMG Performance steering wheel. Previewed in the E-class facelift earlier this year, it can be had in leather, Dinamica microfibre or a combination of both. As you’d expect, it comes equipped with integrated buttons for media controls and even screens for switching drive modes. 

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Other high-specification inclusions including Nappa leather trim, Instagram-worthy ambient lighting, twin-12.25” displays and masses of carbonfibre can are all standard, with further use of leather on the doors and dash, even more carbonfibre, AMG Performance bucket seats and more available on the options list. 

Local pricing and final specifications have yet to be confirmed, but we suspect these to be in-line with the current E63 S models, which are priced from £95,440 for the saloon, £97,440 for the estate.

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