Mercedes-Benz wasn’t going to unveil the new 2014 E63 AMG until later this week, but it seems as if someone forgot to tell someone at – uh, Mercedes-Benz about that. The automaker’s German PR department published a photo this morning that shows the entire 2014 E Class range, including an undisguised E63 AMG sedan.
Technically, that car – along with the remainder of the 2014 E-Class portfolio, including sedan, wagon, coupe, and convertible models – will make its official auto show debut next week in Detroit, but Daimler’s “accidental” photo slip gives us a pretty good look at what to expect when we view it in person at the 2013 Detroit auto show. Predictably, the new E63 again looks like an E-Class sedan that’s been pumping iron. Front and rear fenders are both flared, making room for what look to be large AMG-specific aluminum rims. The lower fascia is dominated by a large A-shaped opening that spans the entire width of the car, while the grille is divided by a single bar split subtly in two.
Thanks to our brief time spent as a passenger in a 2014 E63 AMG prototype, we also have a pretty good idea of what’s under the skin. The twin-turbocharged 5.5-liter V-8 remains intact for the new E63 AMG, and output should be in the realm of 570-575 hp or so. The seven-speed wet clutch automatic transmission also returns, but it’s coupled to a revised version of Mercedes’ 4Matic all-wheel-drive system, making the 2014 E63 the first AWD AMG that isn’t a SUV. Power is permanently split 33/67 between the front and rear axles, respectably. We’re told to expect 0-60 mph jaunts in 3.4 seconds, and although we haven’t had a chance to instrument and test the car for ourselves, our brief ride suggests the new E63 feels quicker and livelier than its predecessor.