Spy shots of the new Mercedes E63 estate
13 November 2008

Our spy photographers have just captured these images of the new Mercedes E63 AMG estate being put through its paces, ahead of its official debut at next year’s Frankfurt motor show.

We already know that cooking versions of the Mercedes E-class will go on sale in the UK next spring.

>> Read the technical details of the next Mercedes E-class

The new Mercedes E63 will stick with the current model’s mighty 6.2-litre V8 engine, slightly retuned to produce around 525bhp. The current version manages 508bhp.

Both saloon and estate versions of the new E63 AMG will be offered, with Mercedes insiders insisting that the car has been developed to offer a far more driver-focused experience than the current model.

AMG engineers have been involved in the development of the current E-class since the project started, with the aim of producing a genuine dynamic rival to the BMW 5-series.

The E63 estate will be go on sale in the UK in early 2010 and should cost around £70,000.

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13 November 2008

Does this mark the end of the German brands competing in the Horsepower league tables? This car is around 50bhp less powerful than the RS6 Avant - and much cheaper (unusual for a Merc).

Hopefully AMG have stuck to their promise of focusing on driveability and handling rather the outright power. I do wonder how long it will be until they start bolting a great big supercharger to this engine though... No doubt raising the power output north of 600bhp.

13 November 2008

i agree with Quattro. I thought with the RS6 running loose with over 575bhp, Merc were going to strap a supercharger on this and come out with some ridiculous amount of power but they've restrained. I suppose they still can't get that gearbox to handle much more than what they've thrown at it already and the everyone seems to complain about the old 5speed autobox. Hopefully it delivers in terms of AMG's driving promise.

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