When the Mercedes-AMG E 63 was first spotted all those years ago in 2007, it was the performance sedan to have, pretty much a benchmark for performance in the class. It was all the luxury you wanted and more performance than you needed. It was also a time when car badges made sense, and so when you spotted a Mercedes-AMG with the numeral 63 in the name, it pretty much denoted capacity. That E63 AMG was fitted with a V8 with a capacity of 6 200cc and some change. The following two generations released in 2010 and 2014 respectively, bore the same 63 badges, yet this time there was a turbocharged 5.5-litre V8 in play. By 2018 the capacity had shrunken even further with the massive saloon seeing fitment of a twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8, and that’s the same as we find now in this limited edition model that, as the name suggests, is the last of its kind. One thing to note when it comes to this downsizing of capacity is that even with losing size, power has increased model on model.
To say farewell to a saloon car that set new standards for performance, the men in white coats at the Mercedes-AMG factory in Affalterbach decided that a limited edition model run of a version with a host of tweaks and changes would be the best way to do this and so we’re not introduced to the Mercedes-AMG E 63 S 4MATIC+ Final Edition. It’s a mouthful, but so is the list of awesomeness attached to the limited-number model. That powerplant that helped the saloon set new standards is still in play, of course. The 4.0-litre V8 sports twin-turbochargers that sprinkle the right amount of boost into the inner working to afford the behemoth of a saloon a very healthy power output of 450 kW (612 hp) and a high 850 Nm of torque that can propel the almost 2-ton saloon to the 100 km/h mark in a rapid 3.4-seconds. For a car thus size, that’s hard to comprehend.
To ensure this Final Edition is distinguishable from the ‘regular’ models, its been given matt graphite grey magno paint, which is exclusive to this model. To complement the paintwork, the Mercedes-AMG E 63 S 4MATIC+ Final Edition rolls on a set of rather desirable forged wheels by AMG in a 20-inch diameter. The wheel’s cross-spoke design has of course been aerodynamically optimised so they’re not just pretty wheels. The high-sheen black with gloss-tinted clearcoat finish looks as exclusive as you’d expect, and that was the whole point of them. The Final Edition also comes equipped with the AMG Night Package which includes a host of additions that are found in the same high-gloss black, this goes for the front splitter of the AMG front apron, the inserts of the AMG side sill panels, the trim in the front wings, the beltline trim strips and window surrounds, the outside mirror housings and the trim strip of the AMG rear apron - also included is heat-insulating dark-tinted glass from the B-pillar. Ending off, there is a pair of trapezoidal black chrome twin tailpipe trims. To make the Mercedes-AMG E 63 S 4MATIC+ Final Edition even more exclusive, these additions can be optioned in carbon fibre.
There’s more, the Mercedes-AMG E 63 S 4MATIC+ Final Edition has those door lights that project the AMG to the floor, they say it’s for safety, but it’s really just a cool thing to mention down the pub. In the cabin we find the best AMG Performance seat package, and so the seats can do everything besides your dishes. With upholstery in fine AMG Nappa leather titanium grey pearl/black with contrasting yellow stitching things could not be better. The AMG Performance steering wheel is also part of the deal, which is great because it has to be among the coolest out there. AMG trim in carbon includes the centre console and it features the "AMG FINAL EDITION" badge with the designated "1 of 999" designation. Yeah, there are only 999 of these beauties available to the public at large. The brushed stainless steel AMG door trims yellow illuminated AMG is pure fire, and the floor mats with AMG lettering and yellow contrasting stitching will no doubt be retrofitted to many Volkswagen Golf project cars in the future. Finishing off, owners will also receive a customised AMG Indoor Car Cover with "AMG E 63 S FINAL EDITION" lettering emblazoned across it.