Leaked info suggests Mercedes-AMG's new E63 coming with 603 hp, 3.5-second 0-60 time

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As we edge closer to the reveal of the all-new Mercedes-AMG E63, more and more information about the high-performance sedan continues to emerge.

Overnight, leaked information from what appears to be an internal website for Mercedes-Benz’s Russian division surfaced on an enthusiast forum.

The information suggests the new E63 will come with 563 horsepower and 553 pound-feet in standard form and 603 hp and 627 lb-ft in sportier E63 S trim. Those figures are in line with most rivals but still down on the 640 hp and 630 lb-ft of the Cadillac CTS-V. However, the E63 will come with all-wheel drive as standard to enable you to make the most of all the power even in poorer conditions.

Acceleration figures were also mentioned. The E63 is said to be capable of 0-62 mph acceleration in 3.7 seconds while the E63 S is said to achieve the same feat in just 3.5 seconds. If accurate, it means the car will be quicker than even Mercedes-AMG’s GT S sports car, at least for initial acceleration.

One final tidbit is mention of a 9-speed MCT automatic. MCT, short for Multi Clutch Transmission, is AMG’s branding for automatic transmissions equipped with a wet start-up clutch instead of a conventional torque converter. These enable quick off the line launches on par with dual-clutch transmissions but in a smoother, more comfortable fashion. The 9-speed MCT is based on the 9-speed fitted to the latest E-Class and other new Mercedes models.

Other things we know about the new E63 is that the car will come with air suspension and a drive modes selector. The latter will feature a new “drift” mode designed to making power slides easier to initiate and control.

Look for a debut of the new E63 later this year, possibly at September’s 2016 Paris Auto Show. An E63 Wagon should follow shortly after the sedan.

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