The 2011 New York International Auto Show event is where Mercedes-Benz revealed their 2012MY E63 AMG car. Under its hood is a new 5.5-liter V8 biturbo engine which replaces the old naturally aspirated 6.2-liter unit. This new powerplant is also fitted on the CSL63 AMG giving 525 hp as standard. With the AMG performance package included the power output increases by 32 ponies giving a total power of 557 hp. The base form of the 5.5-liter unit delivers 7 more horsepower than the previous 6.2-liter engine.
The present V8 engine has a peak torque rating of 700 Nm or 516.3 lb-ft which is available between 1750 and 5000 rpm. One gets an added 100 Nm or 73.7 lb ft of torque with the AMG performance kit incorporated on the base model. The E-Class model with the AMG performance kit installed boasts of a run time of 4.3 seconds for the 0 to 100 kmph dash. The same for the Estate model stands at 4.4 seconds with top speed being restricted to 250 kmph or 155 mph. With the same average fuel consumption rate the AMG incorporated car has a 0.1 seconds lesser time for the 0 to 100 kmph rush.
The 3-stage ESP system with Sport mode, as well as the AMG Ride Control sports suspension are just some of the features that would hold the enthusiast’s interest. The car now has front track which is wider by 56 mm and this increase grip during high speed cornering.
A strong point with the new engine is its frugal drinking habits. Something that gets reflected in the average fuel consumption figures of the new E63 AMG sedan which stands at 9.8 liter per 100 km or 24 mpg US. The Estate version gives 10 liter per 100 km or 23.5 mpg US. Compared to its predecessor this marks an improvement of 22 percent in fuel-efficiency. The new version of the car uses 2.8 liter lesser fuel per 100 kilometer. As far as CO2 emission goes the car gives 230 g/km for the Sedan and 234 g/km for the Estate version.
The car also features the newly developed electromechanical AMG sports steering system, which only uses power when the car is steered, and the efficient AMG Speedshift MCT 7-speed sports transmission fitted with a stop/start system, all of which helps in the fuel saving mechanics of the car.
As far as looks go the E63 AMG has new light-alloy wheels and the “V8 Biturbo” badge on the front wings. Internally the car has the flat top and bottom steering wheel from the CLS63 AMG, a new E-Select shift lever with the AMG badge embossed and a 3-D TFT color display in the center of the speedometer.
Launch of the car is scheduled in September 2011 with the price in Germany slated to be €105,971 ($154,540) for the E63 AMG sedan and € 108,409 ($158,100) for the Estate. As additional €8,306.20 ($12,100) to the base price is what the AMG Performance package would come for.