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The 2017 version of the E63 S is based on the latest generation of the big E-Class sedan, known to car obsessives by its W213 model code. This is the E-Class that at last fixes a long-running Mercedes-Benz mistake (yes, even Germans make them).
This hefty, five-seat sedan has acceleration to rival exotic, two-seat supercars costing much more.
Until now, Mercedes-Benz’s all-wheel-drive was only compatible with left-hand drive. With the W123, it has finally developed a set-up for right-hand drive cars, the smartest version yet of Stuttgart’s AWD technology.
The enhanced traction means the additional power Mercedes-AMG extracts from its hand-built 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 doesn’t go to tyre-smoking waste.
Mercedes-AMG claims just 3.4 seconds for the sprint from rest to 0-100km/h, so this hefty, five-seat sedan has acceleration to rival exotic, two-seat supercars costing much more.
The improvements don’t end here. The new E63 S is also the first Mercedes-AMG equipped with the company’s nine-speed automatic.
There’s also improved air suspension, with three-chamber pneumatic springs.
Under the bonnet, the biggest change is the adoption of twin-scroll turbochargers. These are the key to the extra power, according to Mercedes-AMG engineers.
While they were at it, they also improved fuel efficiency by adding cylinder deactivation. When only a fraction of the V8’s power is needed, it can turn itself into a V4.
The E-Class is the most advanced car Mercedes-Benz builds (for now). All of the hi-tech active safety, driver-aid and multimedia gear that make it so are in the E63 S.
It only takes a little pressure on the accelerator to unleash the other side of the E63 S’s character.