Following the reveal of the facelifted BMW M5, Mercedes-AMG decided to come out with the refreshed E63 S AMG. Comparing it to the looks of the M5, I’d say this facelifted version looks less aggressive but still as attractive. With the right spec and paint colour, I believe a bit of grunt can be brought back. This high-performance sedan has been a high contender in the segment its in and has fought a long battle with the M5 ever since it was born.

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The front headlights have deleted the dual-curved LED daytime running lights in favour for some L-shaped LEDs. The AMG panamericana grille showcases a bit more of a curvature look on the surrounds with twelve vertical louvres, the lower bumper gets a black gloss accent line and sharp trapezoidal-shaped side air intakes. Moving to the back the taillights are totally different from the predecessor as they are much slimmer in size and feature new LED lights plus a black boot spoiler has been added. The bumper has been mildly tweaked and has an aggressive diffuser, on each side of the bumper there are twin exhaust pipes.

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There are new 19-inch 10-spoke light-alloy wheels finished in either Matte Black or High-gloss Black. As standard, the E63 S AMG gets 20-inch 5-twin spoke wheels which can be opted with the colour Matte Black or High-gloss Tantalum Grey. New body paint colours include Graphite Grey Metallic, High-Tech Silver Metallic and Brilliant Blue Magno. The AMG Exterior Carbon-Fibre Package I comes with a front splitter and Package II adds a spoiler lip on the boot.

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The interior seems to be the same as the pre-facelift but no, if you look closely you will notice a new Mercedes-AMG steering wheel in twin-spoke design with an aluminium finish on the controls and wrapped in leather. The infotainment system has been updated to the latest MBUX system and now features a touchpad control. The dual 12.25-inch screens for the instrument cluster and multimedia display house several great features such as the intelligent voice control system that can be activated by saying “Hey Mercedes”.

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Under the hood of the E63 S is still the hand-built 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine producing 612 hp (450 kW) and 850 Nm of torque going to all four wheels via the 4Matic+ system. For the base E63 AMG model, which is not available in South Africa, the power output is at 571 hp (420 kW) and 750 Nm of torque. It takes the E63 S AMG 3.4 seconds to sprint from 0-100 km/h whilst the E63 AMG does it in 3.5 seconds. All models come with a 9-speed AMG Speedshift transmission and adaptive damping system that can be altered with three driving modes which are comfort, sport and sport plus.

The prices and launch dates are yet to be revealed but definitely in South Africa, we will only be getting the high spec S model.

Source: Mercedes-AMG E63 4Matic+ Press Release