There’s no disputing Mercedes-Benz E-Class as one of the leading models in the executive car segment, so when Merc’s AMG performance division gets involved there’s plenty of justification for raised expectations.
This time they’ve given the world the Mercedes-AMG E 63 4MATIC+ Estate, which is available to order now from £81,130 with deliveries from September.
Powered by a four-litre twin-turbo V8 petrol with 563bhp and 750Nm of torque, the E 63 can sprint from a standstill to 62mph in 3.6 seconds.
But the story doesn’t end there because the E 63 S thumps out an extra 40bhp (603bhp) and 850Nm to get the car to 62mph a tenth of a second quicker (3.5 seconds). You’ll have to cough up almost £10k more for the privilege though, with prices starting from £90,490.
Being an estate, you’d expect it to be a bit of a loadlugger too, and it is, with 640 litres of boot space expanding to 1,820 litres with the rear seats down.
The 4MATIC+ part of the E 63’s name means that it uses AMG’s newly-developed all-wheel-drive system, which combines various drive configurations and redistributes torque between the front and rear axles.
Meanwhile, the S variant comes with a drift mode that switches it to rear-wheel-drive for the track.
The E 63 comes with plenty of kit too as standard, including 19-inch AMG five twin-spoke alloy wheels, nappa leather upholstery, split-folding rear seats, a 12.3-inch display and 12.3-inch widescreen cockpit display.
Upgrading to the E 63 S adds 20-inch AMG five twin-spoke alloy wheels, active dynamic engine mounts, AMG performance seats and a steering wheel finished in nappa leather and Dinamica microfibre.
Stephen Hasley, brand manager at Petrol News, adds: “The E 63 Estate may be a lot of money but you get an awful lot of car too. Performance, practicality, style, off-road prowess and tons of kit, it’s pretty much the only car you’d ever need.”
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