Meet Mercedes’ M5 fighter, the 2019 AMG E63 S sedan. However, in contrast to the Bimmer, which wears its race-bred intentions on its sleeve and on its sheetmetal, the massive, dangerous Benz maintains a extra delicate aesthetic. The look is buttoned-up however fashionable, conventional and discreet, like a finely tailor-made Savile Row swimsuit. The entrance valance is a little more offended than the usual E-Class, however not a lot to attract consideration, particularly at midnight blue hue of my instance.In truth, 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 is, in fact, till this 600-horsepower sleeper awakes.Hand-built twin-turbo V8Punching the E63’s engine-start button causes the 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 to spring to life with a really satisfying growl. Each 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.
Each AMG biturbo V8 is signed by its builder, so you may know to whom to ship the “thank you” card.
Drivers direct that torque to the usual 4Matic Plus all-wheel-drive system by way of an AMG Speedshift nine-speed computerized transmission. Using a moist clutch as an alternative of the standard torque converter takes the entire slush out of this field and ends in surprisingly brutal shifts in its sportiest setting. Gear modifications are enhanced barely with dramatic cracks and burbles, due to my instance’s non-compulsory AMG Performance Exhaust, a must-get choice for the E63 S costing $1,250.
The E63 S’ 3.3-second 0-to-60 mile-per-hour dash is barely slower than BMW’s M5 (3 seconds flat), however I do not suppose 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 capable of formally take a look at this setting, however I did handle to, ahem, “pick up some donuts” in an empty car parking zone when nobody was trying.
Via the AMG Dynamic Select system, E63 drivers even have entry to Race, Sport Plus, Sport and Comfort modes. With a lightweight foot in Comfort mode, the sedan ought to internet an affordable 15 miles per gallon within the metropolis and 23 mpg on the freeway — not distinctive, however no worse than the AMG’s competitors.
Handing bitsPower, as they are saying, is nothing with out management, so the E63 S can also be armed to the tooth with upgrades geared toward enhancing grip, agility and braking.Passively, I’m speaking a couple of stance that is been widened by 1.3 inches up entrance and about an inch extra monitor width on the rear. Actively, the automobile is working with a model of Mercedes-Benz’s Adaptive Air Body Control suspension. The setup is surprisingly clean and pretty relaxed in Comfort 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 observe and hair-trigger throttle within the sportiest settings, the E63 appears like two automobiles 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 Select drive modes — and it sports activities an AMG limited-slip differential on the rear axle to assist management the lateral utility of energy when cornering and holding any tail sliding restricted to Drift Mode.
Stopping energy is offered by a set of AMG high-performance brakes with perforated and slotted 15.4-inch entrance rotors, grabbed by six-piston, vivid purple AMG calipers. AMG says the rotors are perforated reasonably than cross-drilled as a result of they’re solid with the holes in place, which reduces the likeliness of cracking underneath laborious use and excessive warmth. The rear discs are related in design, however with smaller 14.2-inch discs.Future-proof driver-assistance techMatching is substantial brawn with brains, the E63 S comes loaded with the entire identical tech you’d look forward to finding in a 2019 E-Class. That means a robust suite of driver-assistance applied sciences highlighted by customary car-to-X capabilities that permit the sedan to speak with different Daimler autos and sure infrastructure. Right now, it does not really do a lot of something, however ultimately the system could possibly get visitors knowledge from different autos, talk with parking constructions to seek out open spots or community with different infrastructure. A bit of future-proofing isn’t a foul factor.The E63 S’ marvelous stoppers do double obligation, shaving off pace for corners and defending pedestrians by way of computerized braking.
In the “works today” column, the E63 boasts Benz’s Attention Assist driver alertness monitoring, Active Brake Assist computerized collision mitigation braking and pedestrian detection. My instance additionally options an non-compulsory driver-assistance package deal that upgrades to very strong lane-keeping help and lane-departure prevention system, and adaptive cruise that works in stop-and-go visitors, adjusts for altering pace 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 truth, the one Mercedes-Benz characteristic I did not spot within the spec sheet is the S-Class’ evening imaginative and prescient tech.Twin-screen COMAND infotainmentSharing its platform and tech with the remainder of the present E-Class lineup additionally signifies that the E63 S is rocking the marginally older, dual-screen COMAND system. Now, it is a large step up from the previous, single-screen COMAND system of years previous, and never simply due to its twin 12.3-inch screens.The new COMAND system’s interface has developed 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. Jumping between the management strategies permits drivers to maintain their arms on the wheel whereas rolling, devoting full consideration to the system whereas parked or getting a serving to hand from the passenger. However, the breadth of schemes could be intimidating to new customers, barely steepening the training 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 customary with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay for many who desire to carry their very own apps on the highway. Overall, 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 telephone to pair and unpair and a properly sized telephone cubby on the base of the middle stack with wi-fi telephone charging.Overall, I like this model of COMAND, however not as a lot as I like the most recent Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) software program that you will discover on the most recent Benz platforms. Until the E-Class’ subsequent main replace, Audi’s MMI Touch Response tech stays the king of this class.The lads over at AMG could not hold their fingers out of the tech cookie jar, so the E63 S’ dashboard is now residence to an AMG Track Pace App with all types of race monitoring and monitor telemetry. Meanwhile, the digital instrument cluster incorporates a particular AMG menu with computerized race timers and a particular AMG theme.All of one of the best Benz consolationAs a lot as I liked the way in which the E63 S may scare the hell out of me at silly speeds on my favourite mountain roads, I used to be equally taken by how comfy and sedate this sedan could possibly be on the experience residence on the finish of the day. Drivers have the selection between massaging seats with lively bolsters or AMG Performance race buckets. My E63 S arrived with the previous, which did a superb 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 virtually no compromises to consolation or luxurious in its pursuit of efficiency.
Mercedes can also be second to none on the subject of its ambient lighting, which provides the flexibility to customise their cockpit with RGB, multizone lighting. Looking for a delicate glow or to rework your cabin into an ’80s evening membership? You can do both with just a few faucets of the display.In the sunshine of day, homeowners can higher respect the E-Class’ top quality Nappa leather-based trim, the sporty wooden, metallic or carbon weave dashboard, its chrome trim and piano-black heart console. I’m 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 clubArguably one of the 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, nonetheless, my Lunar Blue instance stickers at about $127,355, due to expensive upgrades just like the AMG Performance Exhaust, $1,320 therapeutic massage seats, $2,250 driver-assistance package deal, $5,400 Burmester high-end audio system and extra.How would I spec mine? I would not change a factor, although I may be tempted to test the packing 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 one of the best model of this technology 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 car” schtick nicely — trying, maybe, essentially the most vanilla of its cohort. The Caddy borrows a lot from AMG’s method, 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 value makes it an fascinating different. (Not that value issues all that a lot to patrons on this $100,000 membership.) That mentioned, the E63 S battles most fiercely with the BMW M5 sedan and also will need to cope with the much more aggressive Audi RS6 Avant and RS7 Sportback which ought to arrive subsequent yr.The facet that retains bringing me again to the E63 S 4Matic Plus is that it really lives as much as the “Q car” promise. A whole lot of automobiles 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 underneath 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 in contrast, and the conservative styling that does not broadcast its specialness makes all the expertise really feel extra private, like an inside joke shared with an excellent pal.