AMG Performance Studio now available for the 2012 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG

Article by Christian Andrei, on July 6, 2011

The AMG Performance Studio seeks to assist those who may want to personalize their E63 AMG, whether by boosting its horsepower or by adding the black piano lacquer interior trim. This studio, which opened in Affalterbach in 2006, has prepared the AMG Performance package that offers raising the power output by 32hp and 100Nm of torque.

It also includes the fitting of genuine carbonfiber AMG engine cover, brake calipers painted in red, or optionally anodized in silver, AMG light-alloy wheels in a new 10-spoke design, painted in titanium grey with a high-sheen finish, with 255/35 R 19 (front) and 285/30 R 19 (rear) tires, AMG RIDE CONTROL Performance suspension, AMG Exterior Carbon package, AMG Performance steering wheel, and illuminated AMG door sill panels.

Meanwhile, the AMG Exclusive package consists of nappa leather upholstery for the AMG sports seats, upper part of the dashboard, beltlines, center console, as well as for the door armrests and door centre panels. Alcantara is used for the finishing of its roof lining, sun blinds and the A, B, C and D-pillars (Estate).

This package also includes AMG floor mats. There’s also the Premium option that’s only offered in Germany. It includes the Multicontour Seat package, electric panoramic sliding glass sunroof, Light package, KEYLESS-GO package, AMG spoiler lip painted in the vehicle color (Saloon), and electric sunblind for rear window (Saloon).

There are quite a number of elements that set the new Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG apart from typical Mercedes-Benz E-Class models, including its autonomous exterior and interior design as well as its newly developed AMG RIDE CONTROL sports suspension with electronically controlled damping and a new front axle. Moreover, the new Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG consumes 12-percent less fuel than typical Mercedes-Benz E-Class models, thanks to the employment of an array fuel efficiency measures. In addition, the Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG further cements the brand’s position in the field of automotive safety by employing several pioneering driver assistance systems.

The new Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG is powered by a fast-revving naturally aspirated AMG 6.3-liter V8 engine that could deliver a max output of 525 hp and a peak torque of 630 Nm – similar to that of the SL63 AMG. This engine is mated to an AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed sports transmission that makes use of a compact, wet start-up clutch. This direct connection between wheels and the powertrain – along with the available four individual driving modes as well as the Race Start and the throttle-blipping functions translate to a very dynamic driving experience. This power configuration allows the new Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG to sprint from zero to 62 mph in just 4.5 seconds and achieve an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph.

Aside from its responsive, flexible and smooth-running nature, the AMG V8 comes with a newly composed thrilling audio. The engine also comes with newly designed water cooling system to allow it to maximize its durability and performance. Typically, any increase in output would mean a surge in output. However, in the case of the new Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG, an 11-hp hike in output – in comparison to the previous model – meant lower fuel consumption. In fact, the new Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG returns an estimated 22.4 mpg, or around 2.6 mpg better than its predecessor (NEDC combined consumption).

This means that the new Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG is the most fuel efficient among sports saloons with more than 500 hp. This level of fuel efficiency was achieved thanks to measures like the on-demand delivery of fuel as well as generator management with recuperation of braking energy on the overrun. Moreover, in-engine friction has been greatly reduced, thanks to twin-wire arc spray coating process used on the cylinder walls.

Also playing a role in the ability of the new Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG to consume less fuel is the AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed sports transmission that features a wet start-up clutch unit, which boasts of dynamic and rapid response sans any loss typical of a torque converter transmission. This sports transmission features four driving modes selectable through a rotary electronic switch in the AMG Drive Unit: "C" (Controlled Efficiency), "S" (Sport), "S+" (Sport plus) and "M" (Manual). Thanks to partial suppression of individual cylinders – achieved by interrupting ignition and injection during gearshifts under full load -- shift times could become much faster.

In fact, when the AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed sports transmission is in M mode, gearshifts could be done in just 100 milliseconds. In C mode, the transmission shifts the gears smoothly, with the transmission control unit programmed to implement early upshifts in order to keep the engine’s speed as low as possible – resulting to a more fuel-efficient driving. Even at this mode, the AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed sports transmission is still able to provide fast and precise multiple downshifts, which along with the automatic throttle-blipping and Race Start function, allows the Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG to exhibit a top-level agility and outstanding acceleration.

On the other hand, the new Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG is specified with AMG RIDE CONTROL sports suspension, electronically controlled damping and a new front axle, to deliver a level of maneuverability and sporty agility that does not compromise comfort during long trips. This is made possible by the newly developed AMG RIDE CONTROL sports suspension. New steel spring struts are used on the front axle and the rear suspension is provided with AMG-specific air springs. This configuration allows front spring struts to ensure more sensitive responses with the rear air struts -- with their automatic level control system keeping the new Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG at a constant height no matter how heavy its load is.

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