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We’ve seen various test mules for the 2017 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG Mercedes-AMG E63 before, but this is the first time a prototype crosses paths with our spy photographers. More importantly, this will be a generation that will seriously sharpen the senses of the Affalterbach sedan.

It will all start with the powertrain. Affalterbach will make use of its new 4.0-liter biturbo V8, but expect the engine to be taken past its current 503 hp (510 PS), the maximum current output it offers right now (on the Mercedes-AMG GT S and Mercedes-AMG C63 S). Nevertheless, unlike the version powering the sportscar and similar to that on the beefed-up C-Class, the engine on the Mercedes-AMG E63, will feature a dry sump lubrication system.

The story of the numbers

In the standard version, the E63 should deliver somewhere around 550 horses, with a future S incarnation set to take that even further. For one thing, AMG Boss Tobias Moers has confirmed the V8 heart has plenty of unexploited potential for the years to come. Oh and don’t worry about the E-Class overpowering the GT. The sportscar will receive its fair share of special models that won’t be shy on the muscle topic.

Further down the driveline, we’ll find a 4Matic All-Wheel-Drive system, with certain rumors going as far as claiming the Rear-Wheel-Drive models will be discontinued. While we wouldn’t bet on that, we do expect the E63 to be quite a rocket.

For one thing, the latest major revamp turned the current E63 AMG into an insanely fast machine, one that has no issues taking on Porsche Panamera Turbo and most of the credit comes from the introduction of the 4Matic system.

Platform-wise, the new E-Class range will introduce an evolution of the MRA architecture we’ve seen on the C-Class. This means less weight and superior torsional rigidity. All with the added benefits of a larger cabin, with most of the extra room set to be invested in the rear area.

While the standard E-Class is set to debut next year, the AMG-massaged model will arrive in 2017 as a 2018 model - this should be the usual story, but with the prototype looking complete, we might get the car earlier than expected, hence the "2017" we used to describe it.

The Germans are expected to place the AMG badges on the sedan and the T-Modell (wagon), but the new generation could see Afflaterbach signing the Coupe version for the first time.

2017 Mercedes-AMG E63 Prototype First Spy Photos: Will Take 4.0 V8 Past 550 HP - autoevolution
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