Mercedes-Benz had two surprises for us here at the 2011 New York auto show. One of them was an updated version of its E63 AMG super sedan, and the other was a specially-painted SLS AMG coupe.
Although the name stays the same, the E63 AMG loses its 6.2-liter V-8 engine in exchange for a bi-turbocharged 5.5-liter V-8 — the same one found in the 2012 Mercedes CLS63 AMG. The new mill produces 518 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque, up 51 pound-feet from the outgoing 6.2-liter. Equipped with the optional performance package, the V-8 output is bumped up to 550 horsepower and 590 pound-feet. Mercedes claims 0-60 mph in 4.4 seconds — or 4.3 with the performance package — and a top speed of either 155 or 186, respectively. Visual changes include new carbon fiber trim and spoiler and a V-8 Biturbo badge flanking the front-quarter panels ahead of the doors. Pricing has yet to be announced, but expect the E63 AMG to stay close to the $88,475 base price including destination the 2011 car cost when it hits dealerships this fall.
The other treat at the Mercedes stand was a special edition SLS AMG painted in the baby blue and orange similar to the classic Gulf racing livery. The car is quite stunning in person, with the sharp, blue hue accenting the clean fuselage-like design of the SLS and bright orange ring subtly outlining the inset of the grille.