Affalterbach – Over 50,000 readers of German car magazine Auto Bild Sportscars have chosen the new E 63 AMG as the best sports saloon. In the "Sports Car of the Year" poll, the AMG high-performance car won a resounding victory ahead of its nearest rival in the "Production Saloons" category. The award ceremony took place this evening at the Essen Motor Show as part of the Auto Bild "Race Night".
32.3 percent of the Auto Bild Sportscars readers voted for the E 63 AMG, putting the sports saloon some eleven percent ahead of the second-placed model in a
resounding victory over the competition. The "Sports Car of the Year" award is presented annually; before being nominated for the award, the candidates had to take part in comparison tests at the Contidrom proving ground. "The nature of the victory achieved by the E 63 AMG in the readers' poll reflects the pleasing level of acceptance across all markets. The E 63 AMG marks the addition of another exciting high-performance car to the line-up, continuing AMG's long-standing tradition in this key segment," says Volker Mornhinweg, Chief Executive Officer of Mercedes-AMG GmbH.
Outstanding driving dynamics and unique design
The powerful AMG 6.3-litre V8 engine developing 386 kW (525 hp) with a peak torque of 630 Nm, the AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed sports transmission, and the newly developed AMG RIDE CONTROL sports suspension with electronically controlled damping and a new front axle ensure that the E 63 AMG delivers outstanding driving dynamics. An AMG ceramic high-performance composite brake system is available as an option. Mercedes-AMG has rigorously implemented a raft of efficiency-enhancing measures to reduce fuel consumption by almost twelve percent compared to the previous model. A unique combination of innovative driver assistance systems enables the E 63 AMG to extend its lead in the safety stakes. Compared to the standard Mercedes-Benz E-Class models, the flagship AMG model differs by virtue of its unique exterior and interior design.
The E 63 AMG is available in either Saloon or Estate guise. The basic price is € 105,791 or € 108,409 for the Saloon and Estate respectively (incl. 19 % VAT in each case). While the E 63 AMG Saloon has been available since August 2009,
the E 63 AMG Estate is scheduled for launch in February 2010.