Mercedes-AMG said why the E 63 S did not become faster after the updateJune 21, 2020
The top manager of Mercedes-AMG justified the decision to keep the technical stuffing of the E 63 S family
The development director of the Mercedes-AMG line told why the E 63 S family did not get faster after the update, and the subbrand engineers did not make any changes either to the power plant or to the chassis of the “charged” sedans and station wagons. The specialist named two reasons – marketing and technical.
Development Director of the Mercedes-AMG line, Drummond Jacques, recalled that the sub-brand line has the GT 63 S 4-door Coupe – a 639-horsepower liftback developed on the same platform as the E 63 family.
Improving the “charged” E-Class could reduce the difference between the two models, and this was not part of Mercedes-AMG’s plans. At the moment, the five-door AMG GT 63 S is 0.2 seconds faster in acceleration from zero to 100 kilometers per hour, 27 horsepower more powerful and about one and a half times more expensive than the E 63 S sedan.
Another reason is technical. Mercedes considered the possibility of turning the E 63 family into moderate hybrids by analogy with the new generation GLE 63 crossovers, but refused to install the 48-volt starter-generator EQ Boost. The fact is that electrification is not compatible with the AMG Speedshift MCT gearbox with a wet clutch, and a return to the torque converter could adversely affect shift speeds.
At the same time, Drummond Jacquey emphasized that Mercedes-AMG “is very pleased with the driving performance and performance of the updated E 63 S,” and evaluating the new product only by the power or acceleration figures is not entirely correct.
However, the lack of noticeable improvements to the chassis and power unit of the Mercedes-AMG E 63 has not changed the balance of power in the “charged” business model segment, because the M5 line has also been updated more visually than technically.
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