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Externally, the 2012 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG with the new M157 engine is
identifiable by its new light-alloy wheels and the "V8 BITURBO" lettering on its
distinctive, wider front fenders. Further unique details include AMG bodystyling
with a specific design for the front and rear along with AMG rocker panels and
an AMG sports exhaust system with two chrome-plated twin tailpipes.
Significantly Upgraded Interior
A striking feature of the
high-quality, exquisitely crafted interior is the new AMG Performance steering
wheel in a three-spoke design. The rim of this wheel, as in the 2012 CLS63 AMG,
is flattened at both top and bottom to facilitate even better control of the
vehicle. Aluminum shift paddles, the perforated leather in the grip areas and
the three-dimensional design of the airbag cover with its "Silver Shadow"
metallic trim element complement the new E-SELECT shift lever with embossed AMG
Like the CLS63 AMG, the instrument cluster of the 2012 E63 AMG
features a three-dimensional full-color TFT display in the center of the
speedometer. The driver is welcomed by the AMG logo within the display upon
opening the door.
Familiar from the 2012
CLS63 AMG, the new engine can produce either 518 hp or 550 hp, together with an
impressive reduction in fuel consumption - 22 percent less based on the European
This eight-cylinder powerhouse, designated internally as the
M157, boasts a combination of innovative high-tech components such as
spray-guided direct gasoline injection with piezo injectors, a full aluminum
crankcase, four-valve technology with camshaft adjustment, air/water
intercooling, generator management and an Eco Stop/Start system. With a
displacement of 5,461 cc the eight-cylinder engine develops a peak output of 518
hp and torque of 516 lb-ft. In conjunction with the optional AMG Performance
Package, these figures increase to 550 hp and 590 lb-ft. The 2012 Mercedes-Benz
E63 AMG achieves exceptional performance: acceleration from zero to 60 mph takes
4.2 and 4.1 seconds respectively and the top speed is 155 mph or 186 mph with
the AMG Performance Package (electronically limited).
The improvements in
output and torque that come with the AMG Performance Package can be attributed
primarily to an increase in the maximum boost pressure from 14.5 to 18.8 psi.
Visible differentiation is provided by a carbon fiber engine cover, AMG
Performance steering wheel with black Alcantara side grips, red-painted brake
calipers and a carbon fiber trunk lid spoiler.
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