Just two weeks ago, our spy photographers got their hands on the first spy shots of the facelift version for the Mercedes E63 AMG. At that point, the prototype caught testing with a bunch of camouflage, so it was pretty difficult to imagine what the new model will look like. For that reason, we have come up with a rendering that will help highlight all the changes that will be featured in the facelift E63 AMG.
The exterior changes will be similar to the ones found in the standard E-Class and will include one-piece headlights, a more upright standing grille, and a new hood. There will also be newly designed air intakes that will provide better engine cooling. For the rear, the E63 AMG will receive a redesigned bumper, new styled exhaust pipes, and new rear lights.
The interior will also be updated with higher quality materials, as well as a series of new technologies.
Expect to see the facelift version of the Mercedes E63 AMG launched sometime in 2013.
SR Auto Group is dropping it like its hot!
The Canadian aftermarket company has been releasing a number of new programs lately and as sure as the sun is hot, they’ve been smacking their programs straight out of the park. The latest program is called "Project Cyphur" and was built for the Mercedes E63 AMG. Considering the car already carries an AMG badge, SR Auto Group decided to give it a full aesthetic makeover instead.
The first order of business was enlisting new body components from Brabus, considered one of the best Mercedes tuners in the world. The kit includes a full carbon fiber font lip and a pair of carbon fiber air events. This is followed by the removal of the front fenders, which were then replaced with Brabus front fenders. LED side markers have also been added as well as a carbon fiber diffuser over at the rear.
The last order of business, as always, is fitting the car with a new set of shiny digs. For this one, SR Auto Group added a set of Design 6IX Depth in “Rose Gold” PUR Wheels.
Back in the mid 1980s, the performance car world was still on its back, thanks to the uppercut that the 1970’s emission standards laid on the likes of the Camaro, Mustang, and Corvette. However, the exotic car companies, like Ferrari and Lamborghini, and luxury car companies, like Mercedes-Benz and BMW, all had the upper hand, thanks to the deep pockets of their customers.
These deep pockets allowed these high-level car manufacturers to spend more time and money developing cars that both met the emission standards and performed awesomely. One of these monsters of the early-emission era was the 1985 Mercedes-Benz 300E “Hammer” by AMG. Much like the M3, the “Hammer” was a midsize car that was relatively tame from the factory, boasting a 177-horsepower, 5.6-liter V-8 engine. If you wanted that extra power that the “Hammer” provided, simply pony up an additional $89,120 on top of the 300E’s base price of $39,000 and Benz would build you this custom beast.
Rarely do we see one of these in the wild and even rarer is to catch a glimpse of the factory-owned model, which is claimed to produce between 381 and 396 horsepower and hit a top speed of “over 190 mph.”
Well, Chris Harris not only got to drive one, but it just so happened to be the factory-owned model. In typical Chris Harris fashion, he doesn’t just take it on a leisurely stroll either, he got this classic 80’s beast sideways on several occasions.
Check out the above video to see Chris in action.
Across the pond, in the UK, there is a slightly revised lineup for the Mercedes-Benz E-Class than we see in the U.S. In the U.S. we only get to see the E350 and E500 – not inclusive of the AMG line – but in the UK they get the E200, E220, E250, E350, and E500. The E500, being the top trim in the lineup, boasts the largest and most powerful engine, a 4,663cc V-8 engine that pumps out 300 Kw (408 horsepower) at 5,000 rpm and 600 Nm of torque (442 foot-pounds) at 1,600 to 4,750 rpm.
Those are all pretty acceptable numbers for a full-size sedan or coupe, but our UK friends are capped off there, as they do not have access to the 518-horsepower E63 AMG. Vath has come to the rescue for said owners, by releasing an all new array of upgrades that not only make the E500 look sportier, but bump its horsepower into E63 AMG territory.
Click past the jump to read all about this new upgrade kit and see how it compares to the E63 AMG offered in the U.S. Full story
Hennessey has just released an engine upgrade package specifically for the Mercedes AMG 5.5 liter biturbo V8 engine that will that will take your vehicle from hot to nuclear with just a few additions. The package is called the HPE700 and it increases the engine’s output from the standard 550 HP to an impressive 700 HP - hence the name.
As of right now, this engine powers the CLS63, E63, S63, G63, GL63, ML63, and SL63 AMG. In order to obtain this impressive upgrade, the tuner performed an HPE air induction system modification, HPE engine management calibration, and Dyno tuning. The update will get a 3 Year / 36,000 mile limited warranty. After all these updates, the V8 engine delivers a total of 700 HP at 5200 rpm and a peak torque 800 lbs-ft at 3,800 rpm.
Next to these engine updates, the tuner is also offering carbon fiber trim accessories and a new set of wheels combined with updated suspensions.
Japanese custom body kit creator, Wald International, is well known for creating some of the best looking and highest end body modification kits. The Black Bison lineup has received some of the best reviews, and rightfully so.
Wald International is now ready to add another example to its lineup, which is the Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate Black Bison. This station wagon isn’t your everyday grocery getter, as it boasts a set of ground effects that include stylish front apron side skirts and a rear bumper with an integrated diffuser. All of the ground effects are built from fiber-reinforced plastic. Also included with the kit is a set of LED running lights that are positioned about 9 inches below the headlights, on the front apron.
Optional on this Black Bison kit is are a set of front fenders with large arc-style vents, for an additional €2,088 ($2,652) and a set of split exit stainless steel D.T.M. mufflers that integrate perfectly with the cutouts in the kit’s rear bumper. The replacement mufflers can be had for €2,530 ($3,214). There is also a lowering kit and replacement pedal kit offered as optional equipment, but Wald does not list a price for them yet.
Unfortunately, there is no additional bite to go along with all of this bark, as Wald does not offer any engine upgrades for this kit. This means the E-Class Wagon will still have its 3.5-liter V-6 engine that cranks out 302 ponies at 6,500 rpm and 273 pound-feet of torque at 3,500 rpm. That is plenty of power to get this wagon moving, but some extra mods to help it move as fast as it looks would be nice.
The base kit – LED running lights, side skirts, front apron and rear bumper – runs €5,062 ($6,430). Add in the base MSRP of the E-Class Wagon ($57,150) and this entire build will set you back at least $63,580 and as much as $69,446, if you opt for the custom muffler and fender vents.
For the reputation that they’ve built as one of the finest Mercedes tuners in the world, Brabus is more than just fitting powerful V12 engines in their rocket vehicles. They’ve also found a way to be eco-friendly, and they’re doing so with the Brabus Techology Project Hybrid E-Class.
Based on the Mercedes E-Class sedan, the Technology Project Hybrid is a car that Brabus carefully modified to be the kind of eco-friendly diesel hybrid vehicle that fans of Mother Nature will love.
This is proof that you can have your cake and definitely eat it too.
So instead of a V12 engine, Brabus went and fitted a 2.2-liter clear diesel engine and combined with a pair of in-wheel electric motors that were sourced from Protean Electric. Each motor is capable of producing 110 horsepower and 590 lb/ft of torque and when combined with the 2.2 L diesel engine, allows the car to hit 0-62 mph in a pretty impressive 7.4 seconds. More impressive than that is that with this powertrain, the E-Class can improve its fuel economy by a staggering 30 percent, which is out-of-this-world for a car like a Mercedes.
Full specs behind the Brabus Technology Project Hybrid E-Class have yet to be announced, but from what we’ve gathered, this looks like a project that’s definitely worth keeping our tabs on.
It looks like German tuner Renntech is on a world record binge - or so they say.
A few months after its updated Mercedes SLR set a new quarter-mile record of 9.76 seconds with a speed of 140.8 mph, Renntech is back with another quarter-mile destroyer, the Mercedes E63 AMG.
This video of the Renntech E63 AMG was taken at the Palm Beach International Raceway in Florida where the car set a blazing quarter-mile time of 11.15 seconds at 126.7 mph, making it the fastest Mercedes E63 AMG in the world.
The car, which hit 12.06 seconds at 116 mph on stock tires, was given an ECU modification, increasing its output from 555 horsepower and 545 lb/ft of torque all the way up 680 horsepower and 732 lb/ft of torque. Do the math and that’s an increase of over 100 horsepower. Other than that, it was run near stock.
Despite temperatures of around 80 degrees Fahrenheit, the E63 AMG still managed to clock in such a ridiculous time. And while there’s still no confirmation on the record-setting numbers, that 11.15-second quarter-mile time for an E63 AMG is still a mighty impressive feat in our mind.
Station wagons are boring! We generally agree with this statement, but when we’re talking about a $64,340 Cadillac CTS-V Sport Wagon and a $94,075 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG Estate, boring shouldn’t be anywhere near the front of our minds. In fact, we’d take one of these killer grocery-toting family vehicles over our current SUV any day of the week!
The Cadillac CTS-V Wagon is powered by a 6.2 liter supercharged V8 engine that delivers a total of 556 hp and 551 lb.-ft. of torque. As a comparison, the E63 AMG Estate features a 6.2 Liter AMG V8 that delivers 525 HP and 516 lb-ft of torque. Motor Trend took the two sports wagons and put them through an impressive test drive that includes a short trip to a drag strip. Which was the best of two? Find out by watching this 9 minute video. We can assure you that it will be worth it!
Audi has the E-tron and BMW has just announced their new i line-up, but what about Mercedes? British magazine, CAR, suggests that Mercedes is considering a new E Superlight saloon for the 2015 model year. This new model will bethe same size as the CLS and will have the S-Class’ price, but will combine design elements from concepts like the F800 and the F125.
The new E Superlight sedan will be based on the platform of the next generation E-Class and will feature short rear pantograph panels that swing out and back. It will come with a stiff and strong carbon fiber structure that will help it reduce its weight considerably - down by about 350 kg/772 lbs, thanks in large part to the carbon fiber’s 1300 kg/2,866 lbs weight - as well as its cost and complexity.
Mercedes will opt for a load-based confectioning scheme that will allow the suspension and the drivetrain to be integrated into the monocoque. The car’s hybrid system will combine a 150 HP fuel-cell which drives the rear wheels in sync with a 50 HP electric motor.
The Mercedes E Superlight will go on sale as a limited edition in 2015, but by 2017, Mercedes hopes to sell about 20,000 units.