Today, Mercedes-Benz unveiled the facelift version of the E63 AMG model which will come to market this year. The competitor to the F10 BMW M5 goes through a series of exterior and interior design changes, as well as additional tech features.

The things that immediately stand out are a new front skirt reminiscent almost of a concept car and gone are the outgoing model’s quad headlamps, replaced instead by a single lamp per side. The fascia includes a special AMG “A-wing” grille and V8 Biturbo badging on the fenders. At the rear end we can observe a black diffuser insert and the S-Model features a black “S” on the trunk lid.

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Inside a new IWC-designed analog clock is included in the E63 AMG.

But the biggest addition of all is the inclusion of an all-wheel-drive system for the first time. The 550 or 577 horsepower for the S-Model can now be send to all four wheels. Under the hood we have an updated 5.5 liter TwinTurbo V8.

The standard E63 AMG 4Matic produces 531 lb-ft of torque while the S-Model delivers 590 lbft of torque. The E63 AMG run from 0 to 60 mph from a complete standstill in 3.6 or 3.5 seconds and tops out at 155 or 186 mph for the standard and S-Models, respectively.

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While both the Audi RS6 and E63 AMG offer an all-wheel drive system, BMW remains the only large and important premium automaker to rely solely on the rear-wheel drive configuration. BMW has iterated in the past that an xDrive system was considered at some point in time but the decision was scrapped for the F10 model. It remains unknown if the next generation due in 6 years will join the other premium automakers in offering their customers a choice of a super sedan and xDrive system.

As always, we have put together a visual comparison of the two vehicles.

Let us know in the comments section below if you favor one vehicle over the other one.

[Photos: BimmerToday]