2021 Mercedes-AMG E 63 S facelift arriving this year

The revised Mercedes-AMG E 63 S features subtly tweaked styling and an upgraded infotainment system.

Mercedes-AMG has unveiled the facelifted E 63 S. It follows the recently revised E-Class into showrooms, sporting a range of cosmetic and technology updates that will keep it competitive with the revised Audi RS5 and the facelifted BMW M5.

The updated E 63 S will go on sale in Australia late this year. Pricing and specification are yet to be confirmed but should be similar to the outgoing model.

Styling revisions for the facelifted Mercedes-AMG E 63 S mirror those made to the updated E-Class, with the car receiving new front and rear bumpers, updated LED headlamps and tweaked tail lights. In addition, buyers get a reshaped front splitter, a new AMG-specific radiator grille, wider wheel arches and, at the rear, updates for the rear diffuser and quad-exit exhaust system.

As standard, the new AMG E 63 S comes with a set of 20-inch five-spoke alloy wheels. Optional are a choice of three new paint finishes, as well as Mercedes-AMG’s Night Package, which swaps the car’s mirror caps, exterior brightwork and exhaust tips for blacked-out replacements.

Inside, there’s a new sports steering wheel, an LED ambient lighting system and a pair of AMG-branded sports seats with yellow contrasting stitching. Mercedes has also fitted an updated version of its MBUX dual-screen infotainment system, which features a pair of 12.3-inch screens – one for the gauge cluster and one for the car’s media and navigation.

Mercedes-AMG E 63 S engine and performance

The updated E 63 S is powered by the same twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 engine as the outgoing model, which has an output of 450kW and 850Nm of torque. The powertrain gives the saloon a 0–100km/h time of 3.4 seconds and a top speed of 300km/h. The estate wagon manages the same sprint in 3.5 seconds, before reaching a top speed of 290km/h.

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Both engines send their power through a nine-speed automatic gearbox to all four wheels and, like the pre-facelift model, both come with a “Drift Mode” which directs 100 per cent of the engine’s power to the rear wheels.

Like the old car, there’s a comprehensive arsenal of clever chassis technology to help put all that power down. Upgrades over the standard E-Class include adaptive air suspension, enormous vented and drilled disc brakes and a limited-slip differential for the rear axle.

Mercedes has also fitted a sophisticated three-stage traction control system and dynamic engine mounts, which can vary their rigidity according to the amount of load the engine is under. Finally, for the track day enthusiast, there’s an optional carbon ceramic brake package.

The facelift has brought a few extra driver assistance systems to the E 63, too. There’s an updated version of the previous model’s semi-autonomous driving system, which no longer requires the driver to wiggle the wheel to notify the system that they’re paying attention to the road. The new steering wheel is capacitive – so gripping it will provide enough feedback.

Buyers also get Mercedes’s Active Speed Limit Assist system, which can automatically adjust the car’s cruise control according to traffic signs, corners and junctions. The new E 63 will source traffic data online and decelerate the car in anticipation of jams ahead, even before the car’s radar can see them.

Luke Wilkinson

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