2019 Mercedes AMG E 63 vs. 2019 Lexus GS F

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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The AMG E 63’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The GS F doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

The middle row seatbelts optional on the AMG E 63 inflate when a collision is detected, helping to spread crash forces over a much larger area of the body and limiting head and neck movement. This can help prevent spinal and internal injuries. The GS F doesn’t offer inflatable seatbelts.

The AMG E 63 has all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The GS F doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

The AMG E 63 has a standard Surround View System to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The GS F only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

The AMG E 63’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The GS F doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the AMG E 63 and the GS F have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front and rear side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front and rear seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras, rear cross-path warning and available lane departure warning systems.

The Mercedes AMG E 63 weighs 463 to 691 pounds more than the Lexus GS F. The NHTSA advises that heavier cars are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.


There are over 59 percent more Mercedes dealers than there are Lexus dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the AMG E 63’s warranty.


The AMG E 63’s 4.0 turbo V8 produces 136 more horsepower (603 vs. 467) and 238 lbs.-ft. more torque (627 vs. 389) than the GS F’s 5.0 DOHC V8.

Fuel Economy and Range

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the AMG E 63’s fuel efficiency. The GS F doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the AMG E 63’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The GS F doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The AMG E 63 has 3.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the GS F (21.1 vs. 17.4 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.


A nine-speed automatic is standard on the Mercedes AMG E 63, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only an eight-speed automatic is available for the GS F.

The AMG E 63’s launch control uses engine electronics to hold engine RPM’s precisely in order to provide the most stable and rapid acceleration possible, using all of the available traction. The GS F doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the AMG E 63’s brake rotors are larger than those on the GS F:

AMG E 63

AMG E 63


Front Rotors

15.4 inches

15.8 inches

14.9 inches

Rear Rotors

14.2 inches

14.2 inches

13.5 inches

The AMG E 63 offers optional heat-treated ceramic brake rotors, which last ten to twenty times as long as conventional cast iron rotors, don’t rust, don’t fade during repeated high speed braking, and their lighter weight contribute to better braking, handling and acceleration. The GS F doesn’t offer ceramic brake rotors.

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the AMG E 63 has larger tires than the GS F (F:265/35R20 & R:295/30R20 vs. F:255/35R19 & R:275/35R19).

The AMG E 63’s 295/30R20 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 30 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the GS F’s standard 35 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the AMG E 63 has standard 20-inch wheels. Only 19-inch wheels are available on the GS F.

Suspension and Handling

The front and rear suspension of the AMG E 63 uses air springs for a smoother, controlled ride than the GS F, which uses coil springs. Air springs maintain proper ride height and ride more smoothly.

The AMG E 63 has a standard automatic front and rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The AMG E 63’s height leveling suspension allows the driver to raise ride height for better off-road clearance and then lower it again for easier entering and exiting and better on-road handling. The GS F doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

The AMG E 63’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The GS F doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the AMG E 63’s wheelbase is 3.5 inches longer than on the GS F (115.7 inches vs. 112.2 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the AMG E 63 is 3.7 inches wider in the front and 1.4 inches wider in the rear than on the GS F.

Passenger Space

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the AMG E 63 Sedan a Mid-size car, while the GS F is rated a Compact.

The AMG E 63 Wagon has standard seating for 7 passengers; the GS F can only carry 5.

The AMG E 63 has 7.2 cubic feet more passenger volume than the GS F (98 vs. 90.8).

The AMG E 63 Sedan has .8 inches more front legroom, .6 inches more front shoulder room, .4 inches more rear headroom, 3.4 inches more rear legroom and 1.4 inches more rear shoulder room than the GS F.

Cargo Capacity

The AMG E 63’s standard rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The GS F doesn’t offer folding rear seats, only a ski pass-through.

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the AMG E 63’s power trunk can be opened or closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The GS F doesn’t offer a power or hands-free opening trunk.

Servicing Ease

The AMG E 63 has a maintenance free battery for long life without checking the battery’s water level. The GS F doesn’t have a maintenance free battery, so the water level in the battery’s cells must be checked often to prevent damage.

An ASSYST PLUS is standard on the AMG E 63 to save the owner time and money by calculating maintenance intervals for oil changes, tire rotation and brake pad replacement based on odometer mileage. This takes the guesswork out of keeping your vehicle in top condition and helps it last longer. Lexus doesn’t offer a maintenance reminder on the GS F.


Both the AMG E 63 and the GS F have standard heated front seats. The AMG E 63 also offers optional heated second row seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the GS F.

On extremely cold winter days, the AMG E 63’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The GS F doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The AMG E 63 offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The GS F doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

The AMG E 63’s Active Parking Assist can parallel park by itself, stopping and changing direction automatically. The GS F doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Model Availability

The Mercedes AMG E 63 comes in sedan and station wagon bodystyles; the Lexus GS F isn’t available as a station wagon.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the AMG E 63 owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the AMG E 63 will cost $710 less than the GS F over a five-year period.

The AMG E 63 will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the AMG E 63 will retain 48.19% to 49.83% of its original price after five years, while the GS F only retains 39.86%.

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