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Vorsteiner has slowly been building themselves up as a premier North American-based European tuner. Their recent releases have generated a lot of buzz and have made great splashes in the aftermarket ranging from various BMW models to Porsche, Bentley and Mercedes-Benz.
Their newest entry to the world is the V6E Aero Package for the newly redesigned Mercedes-Benz E-Class, but more specifically the E63 AMG. While the E-Class is Mercedes-Benz’s offering for sportiness and luxury, the E63 AMG is clearly made as a performance-minded heavy hitter.
Vorsteiner has taken the standard E63 AMG, which already has aggressive styling from the factory, and made beefed it up some more. Lightweight, stylish carbon fiber accents the factory body lines in the form of a front add-on spoiler and rear diffuser. A very subtle, yet clean deck lid add-on spoiler is also in carbon fiber. Lastly, the package is outfitted with Vorsteiner’s V-308 Sport Concave 3-piece forged wheels in a “Fine Textured Black” finish.
The E63 AMG from Vorsteiner really takes on a whole new form and we’re huge fans. And in proper ways of showing off what it’s all about, Vorsteiner has released a nice video highlighting the machine rather than flooding our inbox with photos. Check out the video after the break!
518 horsepower and a 0-60 mph time of just 4.4 seconds!
Hot on the heels of the new E-Class, Mercedes has released details of the high-performance E63 version, which will make its official debut at the New York Auto Show on April 8th.
The new model retains the 6.2-liter V8 found in the previous generation, and gets just a slight bump (of 11hp) in performance to 518hp and 465 ft-lbs of torque. To help get that power to the ground AMG has equipped the car with the new AMG Speedshift MCT 7-speed automatic transmission, first used in the SL63. Using a multi-disc wet start-up clutch, instead of a traditional torque converter, shift times are just 100 milliseconds in “M” (Manual) mode.
Another reason for the speedy shift times is that AMG has programmed the ECU so that under full load gear shifts, the ignition and fuel injection are interrupted.
The engine and tranny combine to deliver a 0-60 mph time of just 4.4 seconds!
Oh, and the the transmission does rev match on the down shift and have a Race Start or “launch control” function.
In total the transmission has four settings: C” (Controlled Efficiency), “S” (Sport), “S+” (Sport Plus) and “M” (Manual).
The Controlled Efficiency setting also works with several other technologies to reduce overall fuel-consumption by 12 percent compared to the previous model. The Controlled Efficiency mode will give early up-shifts to keep engine speed as low as possible, while AMG has developed a way to “detach” the alternator from the engine so that it doesn’t drain power when it isn’t needed.
The body of the E63 is 17mm wider than the standard E-Class with a front track that is 2.2-inches (56mm) wider. The front suspension has been completely redesigned by AMG engineers with new control arms, wheel bearings, a new stabilizer bar. This new setup actually moves the location of the wheel to provide better handling and more negative camber.
As a result of the wider setup, the steering ratio is now 22 percent more direct and boasts a sporty 14:1 ratio.
The suspension of the E63 has been completely redesigned with a new front setup and a rear that features an AMG air suspension. The E63 also gets a variable suspension system with AMG Ride Control that allows for three different suspension settings: Comfort, Sport and Sport Plus.
Another adjustable feature is the stability control program, or ESP, which has three settings: “On,” “Sport” and “Off.” The Sport setting allows for increased slip.
For ease of use, the MCT transmission settings, ESP settings, suspension settings and AMG drive modes can all be adjusted via the AMG Drive Unit.
Other highlights of the E63 include 18-inch wheels that measure 18×9-inches up front and 18×9.5-inches in the rear with front 255/40/18 tires and 285/35/18 rear tires. The brake rotors measure a substantial 14.2-inches at each corner.
For those who demand even more from their car, AMG will offer a “Performance Package” that includes 19-inch wheels with 255/35/19 and 285/30/19 tires, as well as a stiffer suspension setup, a locking rear axle, a three-spoke performance steering wheel and a new top speed of 186 mph (standard top speed is 155 mph).
We’ll bring you more details and full specifications from the NY Auto Show starting April 8th.
GALLERY: 2010 Mercedes E63 AMG
More on the E63 AMG after the jump:
Source: Auto Motor und Sport
The New York Auto Show is always an important venue for Mercedes-Benz, which is really no surprise considering the prevalence of black S-Classes that roam the streets of the Big Apple.
With this in mind, Mercedes always manages to unveil something in NY that is not only important, but incredibly cool. This year it will be the 2010 E63 AMG, the high performance sibling of the E-Class.
Power increases just 11 ponies to 525hp and torque sits at an impressive 465 ft-lbs. The gains have been made on the same 6.2-liter V8 engine found in the previous model.
According to the report on WorldCarFans from German magazine Auto Motor und Sport, the 2010 E63 will get suspension modifications, a slightly wider track and a rear air suspension. Eighteen-inch wheels are standard equipment with large AMG brakes.
With the minimal power increase we do expect to see a noticeably lighter curb weight. It’s also entirely possible that the new E63 could feature direct-injection technology, which can not only be credited for the power increase but would also significantly reduce fuel consumption.
A wagon (or Estate version as they say in Germany) is expected to be unveiled later this year at the Frankfurt Auto Show.
[Source: WorldCarFans via Auto Motor und Sport]