The new 2021 Mercedes-AMG E63 S is certainly a contender for the ultimate daily driver! The already great super-saloon now gains a host of updates including a new look front-end, MBUX and technology inside, and re-worked driving dynamics. Let's have a tour through the changes before a flat-out test drive on the Autobahn!
The previous generation of the AMG E63 S launched a few years ago and instantly impressed thanks to its 4matic+ system with DRIFT MODE, the 4.0l Biturbo V8 with 612hp and 850Nm, and a great overall package. However it was the last model to launch before the 'Panamericana' front grille was introduced and as such has always been behind the rest of the AMG family, but now the 2021 model has arrived and it's undergone some significant changes.
Not only has the face of the car been heavily revised with the new grille, but also features a new design to the lower apron and a new set of headlights. Unlike the T-Modell (Estate) that I previewed recently in Affalterbach, the Sedan (Saloon) also wears a new taillight design along with the new diffuser and exhaust tailpipes. While the engine itself hasn't seen any significant updates, the suspension and dampers have been heavily reworked to increase the breadth of ability to respond to feedback that previous the car was not soft enough in its most Comfort settings. The changes carry on to the interior with the new AMG Performance steering wheel, along with the full MBUX system including some very clever tech features.
During a visit to the Lausitzring in Germany, where we're also joined by the new AMG GT Black Series (and there's more to come with that soon!) let's take a walkaround of the car before taking it for a drive both on country roads to get a feel for the different settings, a RACE START to demonstrate launch control and an obligatory run on the de-restricted Autobahn up to 280km/h (174mph) where the calmness for such speed is really emphasised.
Thanks for watching, Tim