Faro, Portugal – It’s all about confidence. Whether at the helm of your favourite entry-level hot hatch or, if you’re lucky enough, one of the high-performance cars featured in CAR‘s annual performance shootout, the level of enjoyment and satisfaction you’ll likely take away from any driving experience is directly related to how confident you feel behind the wheel.
A negligible two laps into my first drive of the new 450 kW/850 N.m Mercedes-AMG E63 S around the testing Portimao Racetrack, and the most capable E-Class ever made is putting forth enough balance and adjust that every one of the three of us individuals from the global press unforeseen – taking after line toward the back behind an AMG GT S pace auto – are easily leaving trails of thick Pirelli-enhanced elastic on the outside of most corners; the shape of each nearly copying the grin all over at the time.
Bragging twin-scroll turbochargers interestingly, and with overhauls that incorporates new cylinders, a streamlined air admission and charge air cooling, and additionally broad programming advancement, this rendition of Mercedes’ relentless 4,0-liter V8 biturbo conveys 75 kW more power and a striking 200 N.m more torque than the one fitted to the pace auto ahead.
Without a doubt the impetus for my courage so right off the bat in procedures is Merc’s choice to offer its new uber-cantina solely with a completely factor 4Matic+ all-wheel-drive framework. Still ready to bolt into a back wheel-drive-just arrangement to pacify “the perfectionists”, this generally amazingly instinctive framework ceaselessly screens driving conditions with a specific end goal to best allot torque between the auto’s front and back axles. Outstanding is the way that it limits conveyance of torque to the front wheels ought to parallel strengths be recognized (i.e. while cornering), rather deferring torque exchange until the guiding edge starts to loosen up.
Pre-empt this move with a lively throttle contribution to stack the E63 S’s electronically controlled behind diff (there’s a mechanical unit in the standard E63) and the outcome is a splendid digging in of the backside as the auto is pushed towards the skyline. Take in this present framework’s complexities while dealing with the selectable sensitivities of throttle, guiding, transmission, suspension and soundness control capacities and there’s a level of fun loving nature offered by the E63 S that no four-entryway car measuring this near two tons has the privilege to have. In race mode, specifically, with the ESP framework correspondingly set to its game taking care of setting, perfectly controlled and profoundly fulfilling power slides are allowable.
Bespoke from the A-column forward, the E63 S is prominently more strong than the W213 E-Class on which it’s based. An air-chugging, expanding cook’s garment and hood swells aside, the fore wheelarches are 17 mm more extensive than on the standard auto, pleasing both an extended track width, and in addition 265/35 ZR 20 tires in advance (295/30 ZR 20s are fitted to the back of the S).
In spite of the fact that not offered in right-hand-drive showcases, the all-wheel-drive rendition of the past era E63 demonstrated so well known contrasted and its to some degree more stunning back wheel-drive kin that the choice to offer the new, much more intense form only with 4matic+ was an undeniable one. Race track flow aside, it’s the certain footedness of this framework, especially in European winter conditions, that interests.
Adding further interest to this top of the line superhighway cruiser is the way that by making utilization of barrel deactivation innovations (closing down chambers two, three, five and eight under fractional load), Mercedes-Benz claims a joined cycle fuel utilization of only 8,8 L/100 km … this for a vehicle fit for sprinting from stop to 100 km/h in 3,4 seconds (another favorable position of all-wheel drive).
Particularly tuned to the necessities of both the E63 and E63 S, the 9-speed MCT transmission’s torque converter has been supplanted with a wet grasp for improved reaction times.
On track and off of it, the E63 S’s standard (configurable) air suspension adapts outstandingly to both the extraordinary burdens experienced in race mode, additionally sublimely with most street defects experienced between the solace, don and sport+ ranges. Likewise noteworthy is the level of feel and exactness built into the speed-touchy controlling framework, ready to offer weight when called upon but then an appreciated level of delicacy, belying the auto’s stature, when required.
Indeed, even without the AMG treatment, my first experience of Mercedes-Benz’s W213 E-Class was elevated by the auto’s perfectly made inside, including twin advanced instrumentation and infotainment framework and stunningly cosseting NVH levels. Situated cozy inside the E63 S’s shaped driver’s seat, holding a level bottomed, nappa calfskin controlling haggle the spluttered harmonies enhanced by those four particular chrome tailpipes, I’m persuaded this is the main uber-cantina to have…
Display: Mercedes-AMG E63 S 4Matic+
Cost: R1 859 905
Motor: 4,0-liter, V8 biturbo
Control: 450 kW @ 5 750 – 6 500 r/min
Torque: 850 N.m @ 2 500 – 4 500 r/min
0-100 km/h: 3,4 secs
Best Speed: 250 km/h
Fuel Consumption: 8,8 L/100 km
CO2: 199 g/km
Transmission: 9-spd MCT programmed
Upkeep Plan: 6 year/100 000 km