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The luxury high-performance sedan war could be entering 600-hp territory if all goes according to plan with the 2017 Mercedes-AMG E63.

It is being reported that the German automaker is evolving the 4.0-liter V8 engine found in the new C63 AMG to the tune of around 600 hp, as it’ll also be used in the new Mercedes-AMG GT3. An E63 with 600 hp would mark the first time the high-performance luxury sedan market has crossed that line, easily trumping the Audi RS6 and BMW M5 models.

Currently, the E63 S sports a 5.5-liter twin-turbo V8 engine with 577 hp, so it’s not a stretch to believe Mercedes wants to break 600 mark for its next-generation model. The 4.0-liter V8 used in the C63 S gets 503 hp.

But there will be a whole lot more to the new E-Class than just performance. Expect the sedan to go on a diet like many new-generation vehicles while the AMG model will also benefit from a nine-speed automatic transmission. The standard E-Class lineup is expected to be unveiled at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show early next year, which means the E63 AMG model will likely debut afterwards. It is however expected to go on sale in 2016.
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