Mercedes-Benz has released a single image of the upcoming 2014 E63 AMG ahead of its online debut this Thursday. The new E63 AMG will be the first AMG-badged passenger car to come in an AWD format – the performance division has produced AWD utility vehicles before, but never a sedan, wagon or coupe.
2014 Mercedes Benz E63 AMG Revealed
As one would expect, the fire-breathing sedan is distinguished from the standard-issue 2014 Mercedes Benz E Class by a number of sporty touches. The front fascia features oversized lower air intakes and a model-specific split single-bar grille, and the flanks are spiced up by flared fenders that house aluminum AMG wheels.
Although technically under the Mercedes umbrella, AMG tends to go their own way as far as engineering is concerned. That will hold true for the E63′s AWD system, which is loosely based on Mercedes’ 4Matic system.
“We didn’t just use Mercedes’ all-wheel-drive system. That wouldn’t work for AMG,” AMG CEO Ola Kaellenius told.
The standard Mercedes 4Matic system splits power 45/55 front/rear, and is capable of any combination between 30/70 and 70/30, depending on wheel slippage. That formula didn’t exactly work for AMG, and the performance division made the system a permanent 33/67 split.
In addition to guaranteeing a rear-wheel drive bias, the permanent torque split eliminated the need for complicated – and heavy – locking clutches. As a result, the AWD system will add just 132 pounds to the E63′s curb weight. The E63 AMG’s AWD drive system is expected to spread to the CLS63 AMG and S63 AMG, although the S65 AMG will remain rear-wheel drive only.
While official power train details won’t be available until later this week, we do know that the E63 AMG will feature the same twin-turbocharged 5.5L V8 used in the current car – but power will be cranked up to about 575 horsepower and 600 lb-ft of torque. Given that prodigious heap of power and the car’s new AWD system, Mercedes expects the E63 AMG to complete the sprint from 0 to 60 in just 3.4 seconds, which would make it the quickest sedan on the planet.
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