Mercedes-AMG is shedding more light on the hottest members of the facelifted E-Class model family, including the range-topping E63 S 4Matic+.
As with the regular E-Class, the exterior design revisions are subtle and include a new front grille, an updated rear bumper, and diffuser, as well as new wheel designs. The updated face of the new E63 is also aero-optimized, as are the new alloy wheels.
The biggest visual difference can be found on the sedan models, which now feature a set of new flatter taillights that extend into the boot lid. Estate models get to keep their taillight shape unchanged but they are redesigned to match the look of the sedan.
Changes inside are much easier to spot, with the new steering wheel being the main one featuring double horizontal spokes with haptic controls. The facelift also introduced the latest version of the MBUX infotainment system, which is now operated either through a new touchpad, the touchscreen, or the haptic controls on the steering wheel.
Nothing really changed under the bonnet of the 2021 Mercedes-AMG E63, where you’ll still find a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 offered in two power levels: 563 HP (571 PS) in the ‘regular’ E63 and 603 HP (612 PS) in the E63 S. Both models come with a revised 9-speed Speedshift transmission, which now features a wet start-off clutch instead of a torque converter and is accompanied by slightly larger paddles behind the steering wheel.
Mercedes claims that the 2021 E63 S, which also features dynamic engine mounts, is capable of a 0-62 mph (100 km/h) in 3.4 seconds (3.5 seconds for the base E63). The suspension has been updated with new bushings and damper hydraulics to make the German super sedan/estate more comfortable in everyday driving.
Updated Mercedes-AMG E53 Gains ‘Drift Mode’
Just like before, the updated E-Class AMG family includes the E53 models as well, which are still powered by a twin-turbo 3.0-liter straight-six engine fitted with the company’s EQ Boost mild hybrid system. The result is 429 HP (435 PS) and 384 lb-ft (520 Nm) of torque, with the EQ Boost adding an extra 21 HP and 184 lb-ft for short bursts.
The biggest hardware change in the updated E53 models is the inclusion of the infamous ‘Drift mode’ as an option, bundled together with carbon-ceramic brakes. The suspension has been similarly tuned to offer a more comfortable ride in its softer settings.
The 2021 Mercedes-AMG E53 Sedan is capable of a 0-62 mph (100 km/h) in 4.5 seconds, with the Coupe models being a tenth of a second quicker at 4.4 seconds.