Meet the most powerful E-Class yet
MERCEDES-AMG has upped the super saloon ante with its new E63 S 4Matic+ - the most powerful E-Class yet created.
Launched in South Africa this week, the latest uber-E gets its gusto from the same 4-litre bi-turbo V8 we know well from numerous other AMGs, but with outputs raised to 450kW and 850Nm. That’s 30kW and 100Nm more than the normal E63 (which won’t be sold in our market), but also 20kW and 150Nm more than the AMG GT R supercar. Up until now, the GT R was the most powerful car using this engine.
To make sure these insane numbers make it down to the road, and to ensure no forward force is lost to wheelspin when blasting off the line, Mercedes has made the range-topping E-Class available with 4Matic all-wheel drive only. It’s an AMG-specific drivetrain though, so it goes without saying that drive is diverted mostly to the rear axle in most driving situations. And, if you want to get seriously playful, there’s a drift mode function to allow some sideways shuffle.
The 63 S 4Matic+ also uses the same nine-speed multi-clutch auto gearbox as other AMG cars, but here it’s equipped with a new “wet start-up” clutch that makes for smoother (and less harsh at launch control) pulloffs.
All this adds up to one of the quickest Mercs ever made, with 100km/h coming in a claimed 3.4 seconds. Yip, it’s faster than any of the AMG GT models, and there’s space for a few passengers and a decent amount of luggage. Top speed is, as usual, governed to 250km/h but pay in for the optional Driver’s Package and this is lifted to 300.
This crazy performance comes on top of all the usual luxury items available in regular E-Class models, including latest semi-autonomous driving aids, air suspension, perfume dispensers, massaging seats, Burmester sound systems, wireless phone charging and connected services.
In fact, there’s even a new Mercedes Me app which works hand in hand with a Remote Online service to offer owners access to vehicle information remotely.
This feature then allows remote locking and unlocking, parked vehicle locator, vehicle tracking, and geofencing (you’ll know if your car crosses a predefined border). Mercedes South Africa requires registration of Mercedes Me and Remote Online to unlock the full Continued on Page 3
The new E63 S 4Matic+ gets 450kW and 850Nm, with four-wheel drive to lay it all down.