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2021 Mercedes-AMG E 63 S: The sleeper beasts of the street get a solid update

Mercedes has given the E 63 S a fresh front and rear, and made interior enhancements.

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It may look like your average school run sedan or wagon, but the 2021 Mercedes-AMG E 63 S is anything but. It's the very definition of a sleeper and there's few, if any, reason to not love it, especially with all its new model year refinements. Mercedes will continue to sell the model in sedan and wagon variants.

Mercedes has given the model a fresh front end, complete with an AMG-specific grille that has vertical slats and a large central star. All-LED multi beam headlights and functional air intakes flank the grille leading the eye toward flared wheel arches. The hood features a more rounded shape with twin domes. A new splitter reduces lift.

2021 Mercedes-AMG E 63 S

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At the back are new, flatter taillights that extends into the trunk lid. A thin strip of high-gloss chrome connects them. On the wagon, the chrome extends up the end of the taillights. Buyers can get the lift gate of their wagon the same color as the vehicle or in carbon fiber as part of the available AMG Carbon-Fiber Package II.

Both models also have a freshly shaped bumper that helps with aerodynamics. The lower part is painted high-gloss black. Merceds has given the models' twin 3.5-inch trapezoidal fluted tailpipes a new shape and are now finished in titanium matte. There is now a trim piece that runs the width of the car. It comes standard in silver but is available in high-gloss black as part of the AMG Night Package or in carbon fiber with AMG Exterior Carbon-Fiber Package I.

The E 63 S wears new 20-inch 5-twin-spoke light-alloy wheels painted in the buyer's choice of high-gloss grey (standard) or matte black.

The E 63 S continues to be powered by an AMG 4.0-liter biturbo engine that achieves 603 horsepower and 627 pound feet-for torque. The engine is pared with a nine-speed automatic transmission. Eco, Comfort, Sport, Sport+, and Race drive modes are available, as well as a manual-like "M" shift mode.

All models come standard with all-wheel drive. Drift Mode is available.

The German automaker has refined the interior of the car. Its AMG seats feature Nappa leather and feature AMG badging. The dashboard is also trimmed in the leather. Nappa leather in Black/Titanium Grey with yellow contrasting topstitching is available in the range as a new AMG-specific upholstery.

Mercedes has installed the company's new MBUX infotainment system in the model. It features two 12.3-inch displays, one in front of the driver and the other in the center of the dashboard. Drivers can switch between Modern Classic, Sport, and Supersport display modes for the driver's information screen. The system also has an AMG menu that allows users to select various displays specific to the model.

The car also has a new twin-spoke steering wheel with integrated buttons. It's available to be ordered in leather, microfiber, or as a combination of leather and microfiber, and includes standard steering wheel heating.

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BMW sends its V12 engine off in style

BMW will build its final V12 engine this June.

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Most automakers are focused on building EVs and extracting the best fuel economy from gas engines possible, so it’s not surprising to hear that BMW is pulling the plug on one of its biggest and most iconic engines. In June 2022, BMW will build its very last V12 engine for use in a super-limited-production special edition 7 Series model. The ultra-rare cars will carry a starting price of $200,995.

BMW 760i xDrive The last V12 will power a very special (and very expensive) 7 Series car.BMW

Only twelve lucky customers will have the option to nab a V12-powered BMW, which will be called the M760i xDrive. Displacing 6.6 liters, the twin-turbocharged beast produces a massive 601 horsepower. An eight-speed sport automatic transmission and all-wheel drive are standard. BMW says the powertrain is strong enough to push the hefty 7 Series car to 60 mph from a standstill in just 3.6 seconds.

The final-run cars will feature little more than a special “V12” badge at the rear to differentiate them from standard 7 Series models. Inside, the car features a serialized plaque with the car’s production number out of the 12 units planned. The engine itself features a nameplate with “The Final V12.”

Beyond the badges, BMW’s 12-cylinder last-hurrah will come standard with 20-inch M double-spoke wheels, a choice of any available BMW full Merino leather color, M Sport brakes with black or blue calipers, a panoramic LED roof, remote control parking, a Bowers & Wilkins surround-sound system, and adaptive LED headlights.

BMW 760i xDrive Only 12 of the cars will be built, with a starting price of more than $200,000.BMW

Though it hasn’t been BMW’s most popular engine over the years, the V12 has been a part of the automaker’s catalog for 35 years. The first 12-cylinder engine showed up in 1987, producing 295 horsepower in the original 750iL sedan.

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The iX M60 will hit dealers' lots in June 2022.

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BMW's electric vehicle catalog is growing rapidly as the automaker rolls out new electrified cars and SUVs. The latest is the iX M60, a red-hot five-seat SUV with sleek styling and a spectacular list of standard features. BMW announced the new SUV this week, along with pricing and release date details.

The iX M60 is BMW's first performance-oriented electric SUV, though BMW calls it a sports activity vehicle, or SAV. Its powertrain has been massaged to produce up to 610 horsepower and 811 pound-feet of torque. Maximum power delivery is limited to times when the vehicle's launch control is activated, but even the "normal" numbers are impressive: In regular driving situations, the iX puts down 532 horsepower and 749 pound-feet of torque. Acceleration to 60 mph takes 3.6 seconds and the iX M60 can go on to an electronically-limited top speed of 155 mph.

2023 BMW iX M60 Though extremely sporty, BMW doesn't shy away from using loads of luxurious finishes and materials. BMW

The iX brings more than performance, as its charging capabilities are quite strong. Using AC power, the vehicle can charge from 0-100 percent in 10.25 hours on its fastest setting. Using its fastest DC power setting, the iX can charge from 10 to 80% in just 35 minutes.

Two electric motors power the SUV, which provide standard all-wheel drive. Dual-axle air suspension is standard, along with electronically-controlled shock absorbers. BMW says that the air suspension is controlled individually at each wheel, so the vehicle can adjust ride height in several ways to maintain stability and remain level in corners.

2023 BMW iX M60 The vehicle can run from 0-60 mph in under four seconds and features standard AWD.BMW

When it goes on sale in June, 2022, the 2023 BMW iX M60 will have a starting price of $106,095, which includes a $995 destination charge. That's a flagship price tag, but the SUV's got the performance and a flagship-level list of standard features. That six-figure dollar amount buys 21-inch wheels, heated and ventilated front seats, wireless phone charging, AC fast charging, a panoramic sunroof, LED headlights, a Bowers & Wilkins Diamond Surround Sound System, four-zone automatic climate controls, and more.

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