Mercedes is making something of a tradition out of introducing the AMG versions of its latest vehicles at the New York Auto Show. It's easy to see why; spend just a few minutes on the streets of Manhattan and it's clear that New Yorkers love Mercedes products. It's only fitting that the most entertaining versions debut here, within blocks of Broadway. This year is expected to be no different, with the 2010 E 63 AMG looking ready to make its debut at the oldest auto show in North America. The recent increase in disguise-free spy photos also points to an official unveiling in the next few weeks.
As is its modus operandi, the upcoming AMG version of the new Mercedes E-Class "goes to eleven," to paraphrase the movie "This Is Spinal Tap." Actually, it's an apt quip, because the 2010 E 63 AMG goes up by eleven--horsepower, that is. Mercedes has announced that the updated sports sedan will make its official debut at the New York Auto Show next month, with a 6.3 liter V8 whose output has been increased by eleven horsepower, to 525. The seven-speed automatic transmission from the SL 63 AMG is also installed, to handle the 630 Nm of torque on tap.
The increase in power is accompanied by suspension improvements as well. According to preliminary information, the track has been widened, with complementary body modifications, and the E 63 AMG features a rear air suspension.
Eighteen-inch wheels and improved brakes are likely also on the menu. For more details, we'll have to wait until New York.
Pricing for the E 63 AMG is expected to be around 90,000 euros when it goes on sale later this year in Germany. An estate/wagon version is also expected to make its debut in the fall at Frankfurt.