A hot lap around the In­dian GP cir­cuit to ex­pe­ri­ence the mad­dest E-Class on earth

Evo India - - CONTENTS - (@ab­hibhi) Ab­hishek Waira­gade

LET US BE­GIN THE STORY ON the same page where the Ed left off last month. The E 63 S AMG needs a track day for you to as­sess its real po­ten­tial, but how much can you un­cover in one lap? My week­end driver isn't the W09 and (un)for­tu­nately, Merc in­struc­tors had in­structed us to stick to Sport+ mode and firmly away from Drift Mode. To re­mind you, we are at the Buddh In­ter­na­tional Cir­cuit, not the Bonneville salt flats where there's noth­ing to hit if you do get it wrong.

First things first, the E 63 S' sib­ling, the GT R, holds the lap record at the Buddh In­ter­na­tional Cir­cuit. In a straight line, the saloon is quicker to 100kmph by 0.2 sec­onds. But what hap­pens when you show it a set of fast cor­ners? To start with,the E 63 S AMG doesn't come in the EWB for­mat, un­like the desi E-Class. But what it gets is an ad­di­tional 150Nm of torque over the GT R!

Straight off we be­gin with launch con­trol and the twin scroll tur­bos gob­ble up vol­umes of air, leav­ing the quad pipes to play an or­ches­tra of acous­tics at full vol­ume. The mad­den­ing ac­cel­er­a­tion brings mas­sive Gs with it, like an up­per cut be­ing thrown at you by Muham­mad Ali, al­most be­head­ing you in the process. Thank­fully I had the op­tional ce­ramic brakes on my car to dial things down a bit. There's slight un­der­steer as I pin down the throt­tle at C3 and the new 9-speed multi-clutch box down­shifts fe­ro­ciously, al­low­ing me to hit the straight with max­i­mum ve­loc­ity. 240kmph is the num­ber I see on the speedo be­fore spot­ting the brake mark­ers. Top speed is limited at 250kmph but throw some more bags of money and it'll go on to do 300kmph. Thank­fully, journos aren't well paid. The esses be­gin af­ter C6 and this is where the E 63 S gets slightly un­com­fort­able, thanks to its ev­i­dent E-Class pro­por­tions. Sport+ mode sees the sus­pen­sion in its firmest set­ting and even with 20-inch wheels the E 63 re­fuses to skip wheels over kerbs. That re­minds me of its com­mute-on­week­days, race-track-on-week­end roots. As I climb over the hill at C14 and be­gin my de­scent to­wards the pit lane, I re­alise that I've lived the mad­dest two-some­thing min­utes of my life. The other 4-door drift-mode-equipped su­per­sa­loon has a hard act to fol­low. ⌧

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