Meet Mercedes’ M5 fighter, the 2019 AMG E63 S sedan. Nevertheless, in contrast to the Bimmer, which wears its race-bred intentions on its sleeve and on its sheetmetal, the large, dangerous Benz maintains a extra refined aesthetic. The look is buttoned-up however fashionable, conventional and discreet, like a finely tailor-made Savile Row go well with. The entrance valance is a little more indignant than the usual E-Class, however not a lot to attract consideration, particularly in the dead of night blue hue of my instance.
In actual fact, if not for the marginally flared fenders, extra aggressive wheel-and-tire combo and some badges right here and there, your common passerby would have a tough time telling this Q automobile from a extra pedestrian E-Class sedan variant. That’s, after all, till this 600-horsepower sleeper awakes.
Hand-built twin-turbo V8
Punching the E63’s engine-start button causes the Four.Zero-liter twin-turbo V8 to spring to life with a really satisfying growl. Every instance of this powerplant spins hangs two twin-scroll turbochargers within the “V” of its cylinder block for improved thermal administration and a extra compact design. And every is hand-assembled by a single AMG craftsman — on this case, a dude named Kevin Weißerth — and hand-tuned to a acknowledged 603 horsepower and 627 pound-feet of torque.
Every AMG biturbo V8 is signed by its builder, so you will know to whom to ship the “thanks” card.
Drivers direct that torque to the usual 4Matic Plus all-wheel-drive system by way of an AMG Speedshift nine-speed automated transmission. Utilizing a moist clutch as an alternative of the standard torque converter takes all the slush out of this field and leads to surprisingly brutal shifts in its sportiest setting. Gear modifications are enhanced barely with dramatic cracks and burbles, due to my instance’s non-obligatory AMG Efficiency Exhaust, a must-get possibility for the E63 S costing $1,250.
The E63 S’ Three.Three-second Zero-to-60 mile-per-hour dash is barely slower than BMW’s M5 (Three seconds flat), however I do not assume most passengers would discover with no stopwatch — they’re going to be too busy holding onto their butts. Plus, the E63 has a trick up its sleeve: a hidden Drift Mode that locks its already rear-biased 4Matic Plus system into a totally rear-drive mode, permitting smoky powerslides and drifts. Roadshow does most of its testing on public roads, so I wasn’t in a position to formally check this setting, however I did handle to, ahem, “decide up some donuts” in an empty parking zone when nobody was wanting.
Through the AMG Dynamic Choose system, E63 drivers even have entry to Race, Sport Plus, Sport and Consolation modes. With a light-weight foot in Consolation mode, the sedan ought to web an inexpensive 15 miles per gallon within the metropolis and 23 mpg on the freeway — not distinctive, however no worse than the AMG’s competitors.
Energy, as they are saying, is nothing with out management, so the E63 S can also be armed to the enamel with upgrades geared toward enhancing grip, agility and braking.
Passively, I am speaking a couple of stance that is been widened by 1.Three inches up entrance and about an inch extra observe width on the rear. Actively, the automobile is working with a model of Mercedes-Benz’s Adaptive Air Physique Management suspension. The setup is surprisingly easy and pretty relaxed in Consolation mode, however will get race-car agency on the contact of a button in Sport or Race. The change is dramatic sufficient that, together with the louder exhaust word and hair-trigger throttle within the sportiest settings, the E63 appears like two vehicles in a single.
The sedan’s energy steering has been retuned for a extra direct really feel — that can also be affected by the Dynamic Choose drive modes — and it sports activities an AMG limited-slip differential on the rear axle to assist management the lateral software of energy when cornering and protecting any tail sliding restricted to Drift Mode.
Stopping energy is offered by a set of AMG high-performance brakes with perforated and slotted 15.Four-inch entrance rotors, grabbed by six-piston, brilliant crimson AMG calipers. AMG says the rotors are perforated somewhat than cross-drilled as a result of they’re forged with the holes in place, which reduces the likeliness of cracking below arduous use and excessive warmth. The rear discs are comparable in design, however with smaller 14.2-inch discs.
Future-proof driver-assistance tech
Matching is substantial brawn with brains, the E63 S comes loaded with all the identical tech you’d look forward to finding in a 2019 E-Class. Meaning a powerful suite of driver-assistance applied sciences highlighted by normal car-to-X capabilities that enable the sedan to speak with different Daimler automobiles and sure infrastructure. Proper now, it would not truly do a lot of something, however finally the system might be able to get visitors knowledge from different automobiles, talk with parking constructions to seek out open spots or community with different infrastructure. Just a little future-proofing isn’t a foul factor.
The E63 S’ marvelous stoppers do double obligation, shaving off velocity for corners and defending pedestrians by way of automated braking.
Within the “works at this time” column, the E63 boasts Benz’s Consideration Help driver alertness monitoring, Energetic Brake Help automated collision mitigation braking and pedestrian detection. My instance additionally options an non-obligatory driver-assistance bundle that upgrades to very stable lane-keeping help and lane-departure prevention system, and adaptive cruise that works in stop-and-go visitors, adjusts for altering velocity limits and the curvature of the highway — Mercedes’ so-called Distronic Plus system.
The uber-E-Class can also be outfitted with semiautomatic parking help that helps steer the sedan into parallel parking spots and a full loadout of different lively and passive security programs. In actual fact, the one Mercedes-Benz function I did not spot within the spec sheet is the S-Class’ night time imaginative and prescient tech.
Twin-screen COMAND infotainment
Sharing its platform and tech with the remainder of the present E-Class lineup additionally implies that the E63 S is rocking the marginally older, dual-screen COMAND system. Now, it is a enormous step up from the previous, single-screen COMAND system of years previous, and never simply due to its twin 12.Three-inch screens.
The brand new COMAND system’s interface has advanced to a really intuitive state that may be operated with a bodily management knob on the middle console, a swipeable contact pad — additionally on the console — touch-sensitive thumb pads on the steering wheel or an enhanced voice command system. Leaping between the management strategies permits drivers to maintain their fingers on the wheel whereas rolling, devoting full consideration to the system whereas parked or getting a serving to hand from the passenger. Nevertheless, the breadth of schemes will be intimidating to new customers, barely steepening the educational curve.
The onboard infotainment and navigation software program is kind of good, integrating properly with the digital instrument cluster, however the E-Class additionally comes normal with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay for individuals who favor to deliver their very own apps on the highway. General, the E63 S has a really phone-friendly cabin with loads of USB ports for charging, NFC pairing that permits Android customers to easily faucet their cellphone to pair and unpair and a properly sized cellphone cubby on the base of the middle stack with wi-fi cellphone charging.
General, I like this model of COMAND, however not as a lot as I like the most recent Mercedes-Benz Consumer Expertise (MBUX) software program that you will discover on the most recent Benz platforms. Till the E-Class’ subsequent main replace, Audi’s MMI Contact Response tech stays the king of this class.
The lads over at AMG could not preserve their fingers out of the tech cookie jar, so the E63 S’ dashboard is now house to an AMG Observe Tempo App with all kinds of race monitoring and observe telemetry. In the meantime, the digital instrument cluster incorporates a particular AMG menu with automated race timers and a particular AMG theme.
All the greatest Benz consolation
As a lot as I cherished the best way the E63 S might scare the hell out of me at silly speeds on my favourite mountain roads, I used to be equally taken by how snug and sedate this sedan may very well be on the experience house on the finish of the day.
Drivers have the selection between massaging seats with lively bolsters or AMG Efficiency race buckets. My E63 S arrived with the previous, which did a high quality job holding my body in place even throughout spirited driving. The sedan additionally incorporates a selection of two or three-zone local weather controls with cabin perfume and air purification.
The sedan makes nearly no compromises to consolation or luxurious in its pursuit of efficiency.
Mercedes can also be second to none in the case of its ambient lighting, which supplies the flexibility to customise their cockpit with RGB, multizone lighting. In search of a refined glow or to rework your cabin into an ’80s night time membership? You are able to do both with just a few faucets of the display.
Within the mild of day, house owners can higher recognize the E-Class’ prime quality Nappa leather-based trim, the sporty wooden, metallic or carbon weave dashboard, its chrome trim and piano-black heart console. I am not the largest fan of piano-black — I discover that it is often both smeared with fingerprints or riddled with microscratches — however no matter materials Mercedes is utilizing is of a better high quality than common.
The $100Ok membership
Arguably the very best instance of the W213 Mercedes-Benz E-Class, the 2019 Mercedes-AMG E63 S 4Matic Plus begins $106,350 earlier than its $995 vacation spot cost. As examined, nevertheless, my Lunar Blue instance stickers at about $127,355, due to dear upgrades just like the AMG Efficiency Exhaust, $1,320 therapeutic massage seats, $2,250 driver-assistance bundle, $5,400 Burmester high-end audio system and extra.
How would I spec mine? I would not change a factor, although I is likely to be tempted to test the containers for no-cost deletion of front-fender and decklid badges for an much more under-the-radar look. I wish to play my playing cards near the vest.
The E63 S sedan is arguably the very best model of this era E-Class… then once more, there’s additionally the E63 S Wagon to think about.
Cadillac’s CT6-V Blackwing would additionally wish to play and does the entire “Q automobile” schtick effectively — wanting, maybe, probably the most vanilla of its cohort. The Caddy borrows a lot from AMG’s components, from the hand-built, hand-signed engine to its new Benz-esque cabin controls. And whereas it is nowhere close to as hardcore as the remainder of this class, even its sharpest efficiency mode, its less-expensive worth makes it an attention-grabbing various. (Not that worth issues all that a lot to consumers on this $100,000 membership.) That mentioned, the E63 S battles most fiercely with the BMW M5 sedan and also will must deal with the much more aggressive Audi RS6 Avant and RS7 Sportback which ought to arrive subsequent yr.
The side that retains bringing me again to the E63 S 4Matic Plus is that it really lives as much as the “Q automobile” promise. A whole lot of vehicles have sport modes that liven issues up a bit, however the E63 S takes it to a Jekyll-and-Hyde excessive, remodeling from a conservative experience that flies quietly below the radar — and radar detectors — right into a roaring, drifting, race-tuned monster with a flick of the toe. The broad distinction between these extremes makes each characters really feel extra dramatic against this, and the conservative styling that does not broadcast its specialness makes your complete expertise really feel extra private, like an inside joke shared with a great buddy.