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The war of the sports sedans will continue as Affalterbach brings its latest artillery piece to the battlefield, the new generation Mercedes-AMG E 63 S. The E 63 S is no longer for sale here, having taken its toys like the 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 that puts out 604 horsepower and 626 pound-feet of torque and goes home. Car says the next iteration of the potent midsizer will forego the V8 for a straight-six plug-in hybrid powertrain similar to the four-cylinder PHEV powertrain in the latest C 63 SE Performance and the eight-cylinder PHEV powertrain in the AMG GT 63 SE Performance. According to Autocar’s sources within AMG, the vital targets are more than 700 horsepower and 884 lb-ft of torque. Hitting those numbers would give the E at least 29 more horsepower and 132 more pound-feet than the C 63.
At Mercedes, the heart of the monoturbo 3.0-litre straight-six would be a tweaked version of the engine already used elsewhere in the E-Class lineup like the standard E 450 4Matic and the mid-range AMG 53 4Matic. Like those other hybrids, the new AMG E would be all-wheel drive, the six-cylinder sending its power to both axles through a nine-speed automatic and limited-slip differential, an electric motor on the rear axle providing an additional 200 horsepower or so There.
The four-door will also offer four-wheel steering, a new development for the E-Class, and will carry a 4.8kWh battery under the boot capable of sustaining short periods of all-electric driving. Four levels of brake regeneration coordinate with seven driving modes in the AMG Dynamic Select menu: Electric, Battery Hold, Comfort, Sport, Sport+, Slippery and Individual.
As for the AMG E’s Public Enemy #1, Car believes the next-generation BMW M5 will sport a retuned version of the hybrid system in the upcoming BMW XM Red Label. Whereas the BMW SUV has an output of 735 horsepower and 735 lb-ft of torque, Car claims the next M5 could make about 790 hp and 737 lb-ft. Also, while the AMG E is thought to achieve single-digit pure EV range like the current C 63 and AMG-GT 63, the upcoming BMW M5 hybrid could achieve much wider EV range thanks to a battery pack bigger. . The current M5 makes 600 hp and 553 lb-ft.
A next-generation Mercedes-AMG E 53 variant is expected to get around 510 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque, improvements of 81 horsepower and 169 pound-feet over the current AMG E 53. The new E, the latest with an internal combustion engine, is expected in time for the 2024 model year.