Still over a year away, spy photographers have garnered details on the next all-new Mercedes E63 AMG, the power-version of the code-named W212 standard E-class which itself is due at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show.
Although it is still camouflaged there will be no great surprises in terms of styling as Merc’s ConceptFASCINATION study, of which the first images appeared last week, previews the design of the E-Class range.
Neither will the engine be a big surprise as it will again feature AMG’s 6.3-litre V8 with a power output of more than 370kW. The E63 will have a 0-100km/h sprint time of about four seconds.
Mercedes will abandon SBC in favour of conventional brakes, although they will boast features on all variants such as wet-weather disc wiping and wheel-selective cornering brake control. Optional ceramic-composite discs could be introduced too.
Driver assistance in general is a major theme for W212. Expect lane-departure warnings, an eye-movement monitor, traffic-sign identification, road-condition sensors, and stability control that accounts for crosswinds, camber changes, and tyre wear.