Shmee150 reviews the new Mercedes-AMG E63 S

The new Mercedes-AMG E63 S: Lap of luxury

Words: Tim Burton

For the driver who demands everything, a car that apparently does it all. Shmee meets the Mercedes-AMG E63 S.

Tim Burton, aka Shmee150, is one of social media’s most-followed supercar connoisseurs. Now he brings that expertise to The Red Bulletin

Performance car or luxury sedan? As a clever kid once asked in an ad about tacos: Why not both? Carmakers clearly thought the same, and the solution was the super- sedan—a performance version of an executive car. 

Luxurious but lightning fast, dynamic yet practical, but it takes more than simply fitting a more powerful engine, stiffer suspension and a body kit. Mercedes understands this and, in the new 600 hp E63 S, has produced something close to the ultimate car. Seriously, it’s that good. 

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The E63 S proves itself in the styling. It’s a manly, aggressive car, but it has the performance to back that up. The 4.0-liter, twin-turbo V8 engine covers 0-60 mph in 3.4 seconds—impressive for a car weighing nearly two tons—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. 

Watch Shmee test the new Mercedes-AMG E63 S.

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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. 

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