Meet the most pow­er­ful E-Class yet

The Star Early Edition - - MOTORING -

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.

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