New Sasol GTC cars set for thrills

The iconic Grand Prix Circuit will present a new challenge to the GTC drivers as they tackle the country’s fastest racetrack on June 16.

Suzuki’s new Swift hatch and sedan in SA

Suzuki kicks off its new model assault with an all new Swift hatchback and standalone sedan called the Dzire.

E 63 AMG goes for bi-turbo factor

2011-11-11 11:22

TURBO BLAST: The high-performance E-Class AMG now has the use of a biturbo V8 in SA.

The revised E 63 AMG and C 63 AMG were launched simultaneously in South Africa. Click here to read about the C-Class AMG models.

The elegant E 63 AMG is now even more powerful as it dumps the 6.3-litre V8 used by its smaller C-Class AMG siblings in favour of a rorty 5.5-litre, bi-turbo V8.

Yes, the E 63 loses its naturally aspirated appeal, but its basic power output remains unchanged at 386kW (although now available between 5 250 – 5 750 rpm) and peak torque is up to 700Nm from 1750 to 5000 rpm.

However, fuel consumption figures have reportedly been reduced (by 22%) from an average of 12 litres/100km to 9.8 litres/100km, although Merc credits the introduction of its AMG Speedshift MCT 7-speed sports transmission for this dramatic reduction. The E 63 AMG also features a stop/start function as standard that can be activated or deactivated via the Eco button on the centre console.

The optional AMG Performance package sees the engine output increase to a staggering 410kW and 800Nm and the 0 – 100km/h sprint increase to 4.2 seconds (from the “regular” 4.3 seconds). Top speed is also electronically limited to 250km/h. 


Mercedes-Benz E 63 AMG

CLASSY CABIN: The E 63 AMG adds loads of AMG-specific features to its cabin.

This E-Class's optional AMG Ride Control sports suspension has a specially designed front axle and a track wider by 56 mm over the standard E500. Air suspension struts are used on the rear axle, which has an automatic level control function. An electronically-controlled damping system, which adjusts the damping to suit different driving conditions, is also standard, while the electromechanical AMG speed-sensitive sports steering provides agility when required.

The three-stage ESP with Sport handling mode complements the AMG  braking system, while a ceramic, composite braking system – that is also 40% lighter than the regular brake system that uses composite technology on the front axle – is available as an option.

The bi-turbo E 63 AMG is distinguished by its new ten-spoke light alloy wheels to go along with the AMG bodystyling, complete with AMG’s twin sports exhausts.

The E 63 AMG’s cabin also comes fitted with the new flat-bottomed, three-spoke AMG Performance steering wheel with aluminium shift pedals, perforated leather grip areas and metal accents.

Special options from the AMG Performance Studio include AMG Ride Control, 19” alloys, rear diff lock and an AMG Driver’s pack (which includes a  top speed up to 300km/h).

The new bi-turbo E 63 AMG is available in either sedan or Estate versions and includes the Mercedes-Benz MobiloDrive as standard.


E 63 AMG sedan:             R1 257 000
AMG Performance package:        R 82 000
AMG Driver’s package:         R 34 000

The revised E 63 AMG and C 63 AMG were launched simultaneously in South Africa. Click here to read about the C-Class AMG models.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.