2021 Mercedes-AMG E 63 S Sedan to take on BMW M5

Earlier this month we already saw its sound siblings: now it’s time for the 2021 Mercedes-AMG E 63 S Sedan to come out and play. Taking Mercedes Benz’s handsome luxury mid-ranger as starting point, the AMG-blessed upgrades throw in a handcrafted AMG 4.0-liter V6 biturbo engine good for 450kW of power and a 0-100 km/h time as low as 3.4 seconds.

Take a look inside the bonnet and you’ll notice that the V8 is fitted to dynamic engine mounts, which can have their stiffness adjusted according to whether you’ve selected comfort or sporty driving as the focus.

For the good stuff, the folks at AMG has paired the engine with an AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 9-speed transmission, capable of multiple downshifts and double-clutching. There’s a dedicated “M” manual-shift mode as well as temporary paddle override and a “Gliding” function for more relaxed driving. AMG Performance 4MATIC+ all-wheel drive also comes as standard.

For Mercedes, first impressions count. So that means a larger central star on the AMG-specific grille, with vertical slats and flanked by all-LED multi beam headlamps. The front bumper is reworked, with a trio of large, functional air intakes; the wheel arches are flared, and there are twin power domes on the bonnet. In total, it’s 1.1-inches wider than the regular E300.

Meanwhile the rear gets new, flatter tail-lamps, which now extend into the boot lid. There’s a reshaped bumper, too, with the lower par in high-gloss black. 3.5-inch trapezoidal twin tailpipes get a titanium matte finish – and inside/outside fluting – and there’s a high-gloss black diffuser.

Joining the paint options are Graphite Grey metallic, Cirrus Silver metallic, and designo Brilliant Blue magno. For wheels, 20-inch 5-twin-spoke light-alloys are standard, in high-gloss grey or matte black. High-gloss black is an option, as is the AMG Night Package.

Take a seat inside and you’ll see that AMG sports seats get special nappa leather and custom badging, while more leather features on the dashboard and elsewhere. Yellow contrasting top stitching is available. The wheel is a new AMG Performance model, with twin-spokes and wrapped in leather, microfiber, or a mixture of two; it’s heated as standard, uses new capacitive buttons, and a capacitive system for tracking your hands in adaptive cruise mode. Exactly what we saw earlier this month.

Twin 12.3-inch displays are standard – the center one being a touchscreen – and there’s the latest MBUX infotainment system with “Hey Mercedes” voice activation. Custom AMG graphics are standard.

All in all, it’s a potent pair set up to take on BMW’s new 2021 M5. Strong competition, but that can only be a good thing for performance drivers. Pricing for the 2021 Mercedes-AMG E 63 S Sedan will be confirmed closer to their Mzansi launch date, which will be Q1 of 2021.

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