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Mercedes-Benz' latest rapid executive sedan heralds exciting times. The new-for-2010 E-Class itself is already a huge leap forward in terms of design and performance. The template obvious: brighten things up on the outside while moving closer to the targets set by BMW and Audi for driving dynamics.

However, the ultimate E-Class remains the E63 AMG, an excellent blend of muscle-car sounds, supercar thrust and luxo-car appointments. At the global press launch at AMG headquarters in Affalterbach, Germany, Kai Marten, the director of AMG operations likened it to "Jekyll and Hyde."

"It's a blend of a business sedan and a high-performance sports car," he continued. "[The E63 AMG] has what it takes to outperform the original Hammer," recalling AMG's most recognizable machine from the ‘80s. Those are big shoes to fill.

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