Mercedes-amg E 63 s 4matic+
With 612 PS, the Mercedes-AMG E 63 S 4MATIC+ roams in the supercar territory, waiting to attack those two-door purpose-built machines
100 The most powerful E-Class. Ever!
Showing off is not a trait usually associated with the Germans; however, when they do make a statement, it usually tends to be quite a resounding one. Recently, we went to the Buddh International Circuit (BIC) to hear what the Germans, Mercedes-Benz India in particular, had to say about a powerful family sedan. They launched their most powerful E-Class ever, the Mercedes-AMG E 63 S 4MATI C+, and we were among the first to put it through its paces at the country’s pr emier racetrack. Here is what we feel about Merc’s latest statement.
At first glance, the new E 63 S looks menacing in the matte black shade; the other metallic shades are more subtle-looking, giving a don’t-mess-around-with-me impression. The dynamic front end with gaping air-intakes and front splitter give it proper race car credentials. The bold grille, sporting a massive threepointed star emblem, and vertical slats give it the distinctive AMG identity. The side profile looks aggressive and sleek and those 20-inch lightweight rims add more muscle to the overall
look. At the back, the rear diffuser with three fins and especially designed exhausts hint at its racetrack-ready nature. Overall, the exterior looks more aggressive and bold as compared to the regular E-Class.
Inside, things are similar to the regular E but with numerous AMG bits. The devil inside is in the details. For starters, it features a race car style flat-bottom steering wheel with DINA MICA micro-fibre in the grip area. The massive 12.3-inch dual displays, put in the place of the traditional instrument console, add a lot of techy feel to the interior. The displays are well-calibrated with good visibility under any kind of lighting. Rest of the dashboard is similar to that of the regular E; however, it now features a carbon-fibre trim and a prominent AMG logo on the centre console. The seats are quite comfy with ample overall support and electrical adjustment. The quality and fit-and-finish are superb as in any other Mercedes model. As for space, there is ample inside the car. Although the E 63 S is based on the regular E and not the long-wheelbase one, it can seat four adults in comfort. However, taller drivers might find the head-room a little cramped.
Coming to the main highlight of the E 63 S, that BiTurbo, 4.0-litre, V8 engine, which is at its sinister best with 612 PS and ground-shaking 850 Nm. Now that’s a truckload of pow er for a sedan, making this E the most powerful AMG model in the country. The eight-cylinder AMG hand-built engine comes mated to Merc’s latest AMG Speedshift MCT or nine-speed MultiClutch Transmission and four-wheel-drive system. It also features limited-slip rear differential, which is electronically controlled, for better power and torque distribution. It senses and sends power to the wheels with maximum traction and also allows one to drift the car when one engages the drift mode. The 4MATI C+ or fourwheel-drive system, too, is smart as it sends optimum power to the front and rear wheels, depending on driving style and conditions.
With so much power and torque to deal with, Mercedes-AMG have employed the help of a lot of electronics that immerse you into a rit ual every time you get int o the driver’s seat. There is a certain kind of preparation before you drive the E 63 S; of course, you can simply get in, hit the starter button, and get going, but then that would be extremely boring. The right process to enjoy the car is to get in, adjust your seat, adjust the steering, hit the starter button, switch into Sport or Sport+ or the more personal Individual setting, put the traction control off (if you wish to), put the transmission into “D”, select the manual shift from the button on the transmission tunnel, and brace yourself for a mind-blowing drive.
The E 63 S is not just a car; it’s a performance car wher e you have to go through a ritual before putting the pedal to the metal because only then you get the true experience of an AMG car. After going through the aforementioned ritual, except for turning the traction control off, I was ready to exit the pit-lane and hit the track. As soon as I exited the pit-lane, I nailed the throttle, which sent the E 63 S charging towards C1. Incredible acceleration was the first reaction my brain registered.
As I neared the turn-in point, I hit the massive brakes and the car slowed down without any fuss. I simply turned the ultraresponsive flat-bottom steering wheel right and pointed the nose towards the apex and it went through as if it were on rails. Impressed I was! Turn Two at the BIC is a long sweeping one and the E 63 S powered through it beautifully. Next up was my favourite corner on the track, C3, which is a little tricky. I had to brake hard just before the apex and then once the apex was in the corner of my right eye, I turned in and was happy to notice that even at low speed, the steering response was to the point. A quick turn-in and an almost perfect exit saw the E 63 S barrelling down the back straight and hitting the 250 km/h limiter just after the mid-way point on the straight. Needless to add, the E 63 S displayed its brilliant acceleration once again.
Turn Four is almost like C3; however, it opens up on the exit that leads to the little straight just before C5 and the following chicane. This was where the E 63 S displayed its superb handling, going from C5 to C6 and then C7 and C8 without making me nervous. All I did was play with the throttle and point the nose in the direction of the corner and the car worked like clockwork. The AMG sport suspension set-up, which is based on Mercedes’ Magic Body Control system, was constantly monitoring the driving conditions and adjusting the damping for maximum traction. T he 4MATIC+, which is Mer cedes’ way of saying four-wheel-drive system, was hard at work, distributing the optimum amount of power between the front
That BiTurbo, 4.0-litre, V8 engine is at its sinister best with 612 PS and ground-shaking 850 Nm
and rear wheels to provide maximum traction. This smart system combined with the air suspension to make the E 63 S a highly capable handling beast. The chassis, too, is taut with just the right amount of flex as it can take sudden directional changes into its stride without complaining.
I enjoyed going through the chicane the most, for this was where the car was put to the maximum amount of stress and it emerged unharmed, giving me the confidence to push it harder the next time around. As I exited C9, I was on to the parabola, a place where one can have fun by kicking the tail out and drifting the whole way. The E 63 S even has “Drift” mode which allows the rear wheels to slip on purpose, letting you show off by drifting in front of your friends. However, we were not allowed to use this mode as Mercedes Benz India didn’t want us t o ruin the tyr es so earl y. Since I did not drift, I was actually able to experience the wonderful electronic nannies that Mercedes have employed for protection. The E 63 S remained utterly stable throughout this section and the final section on the track which gives you a lot of confidence to push harder and harder. That ESP works flawlessly, keeping you safe no matter how you drive.
In the end, I was happy driving the car on the BIC, but I wish we had more time with the car as it would have put an even bigger smile on my face and would have allowed me to explore the car in more detail. However, I did experience the heart-pounding acceleration, ultra-sharp braking, superb handling, and tank-like stability of the new Mercedes-AMG E 63 S 4MATI C+. It is the most powerful E-Class ever and currently the most powerful AMG model on sale in the country. At Rs 1.50 crore (ex-showroom), it is also worth every paisa you spend. I am now eagerly waiting to try the E 63 S on our traffic-filled roads to see how this beauty handles realworld conditions.
The new Mercedes-AMG E 63 S 4MATIC+ is the most powerful E-Class ever and currently the most powerful AMG model on sale in the country
( Above) The cabin is similar to the standard E although it has more carbonfibre elements
Below) With 612 PS, the 4.0-litre, twinturbo V8 is the most powerful engine ever to be employed in the E-Class
( Right) Burmester sound system provides stunning audio experience
Carbon-fibre spoiler lip looks rad