The new Mercedes-AMG E63 S:
lap of luxury
Performance car or luxury saloon? As a clever kid once asked in an ad about tacos: why not both?
Car makers clearly thought the same, and the solution was the super-saloon – a performance version of an executive car. Luxurious but lightning fast, dynamic yet practical, it takes more than simply fitting a more powerful engine, stiffer suspension and a body kit.
Mercedes understands this and, in the new 600hp E63 S, has produced something close to the ultimate car. Seriously, it’s that good.
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The E63 S sets out its stall in the styling. It’s a butch, aggressive car, but it has the performance to back that up.
The 4.0-litre, twin-turbo V8 engine covers 0-100kph in 3.4 seconds – impressive for a car weighing nearly 2 tonnes – while inside there are plenty of options to channel and control all that power.
But what sets the E63 S apart is the fun stuff that a brand as solemn as Mercedes really should frown upon. The valve-controlled exhaust system is amazing. It isn’t intrusive in Comfort mode, but dial it up to Sport, Sport+ or Race and it sounds nuts.
The real X-factor, however, comes courtesy of Mercedes’ 4matic+ 4WD system. It usually splits power delivery 50:50, but on demand moves that around. Press the right sequence of buttons and you can put it into full RWD drift mode.
You expect speed, luxury and practicality, but fun? Now that’s ticking all the boxes.
More info: mercedes-amg.com