E-Class AMG E63 S
introduced the newest E-Class Sedan for 2017, along with a new
generation of available driver-assistance technologies, and now adds
new variants for 2018 – an E400 4MATIC Sedan and an AMG E63 S
The AMG E63 S
is the most-powerful E-Class variant ever, with a versatile
handcrafted AMG 4.0-liter V-8 bi-turbo engine producing 603
horsepower and a zero-to- 60 mph time of 3.3 seconds, and stopping
only at the governed top speed of 186 mph.
sedan is available in five models, priced from $52,950 for the very
basic 2.0-liter inline-four turbo E300 to $104,400 for the awesome
looking, powerful AMG E 63 S, my tester for this review.
powerful engine has Eco start/stop for improved fuel economy, and is
mated with an AMG Speedshift MCT nine-speed automatic transmission
with AMG Dynamic Select, and AMG Performance 4MATIC-plus all-wheel
drive. It also has ESP Dynamic Cornering Assist (allows high-speed
cornering), and an AMG sport suspension based on the Air Body
Control multi-chamber air suspension
sport transmission has been specially tuned, with re-engineered
hardware and software, to meet the requirements of the new E63 S.
This enables extremely short shift times, fast multiple downshifts,
and a double-clutching function for drivers desiring an emotional
gear-shifting experience. To save weight and optimize response time
during acceleration, a wet start-off clutch replaces the torque
offers Comfort, Sport, Sport Plus, and Individual drive programs to
modify engine, transmission, suspension, steering, ESP, and
all-wheel-drive system response to suit the driver’s mood or
driving conditions. The driver may also select Manual Mode
("M" button) for shifting exclusively using the shift
paddles on the steering wheel.
well-balanced for comfortable suspension and steering, and
fuel-efficient driving. Sport and Sport Plus allow shorter shift
times and double-clutching on downshifts. Increased idle speed in
Sport Plus also allows quicker acceleration from a stop. Individual,
of course, allows the driver to mix and match elements from other
modes – within limits – to create the desired dynamics.
E63 S is
exclusively available with the newly engineered, intelligent AMG
Performance 4MATIC-plus all-wheel drive with advantages of various
drive configurations. Fully variable torque distribution ensures
optimum traction for driving stability and handling safety in all
road conditions, with seamless transition from rear-wheel to
all-wheel and back again.
For the first
time, the turbocharged V-8 engine is equipped with the AMG Cylinder
Management system, which deactivates cylinders two, three, five and
eight in the partial-load range to substantially lower fuel
consumption. The transition back from four to eight cylinders is
immediate and imperceptible.
My AMG E63 S
was Selenite Gray Magno, a beautiful matte finish option for $3,950,
with an AMG Night Package ($750), which added jet-black accents to
the aggressive exterior. The central splitter and wide-open outer
air-intake trim, front fender trim, side mirror housings, side
window surrounds, side sill panels, and rear valance trim were
finished in deep gloss black. A satin-silver chrome grille crosswing
and black chrome AMG-branded tailpipes added to the mystique.
exteriors are available – two standard, seven for $720 each, one
for $1,080, one for $1,515, and the one on my tester for $3,950.
Five 20-inch wheel designs are offered – three standard, one for
$1,200, and one for $1,700 (mine, matte black forged cross-spoke).
Mine also had AMG raised hubcaps in matte black, a $36.50 option.
interiors are offered – Black Nappa leather with silver stitching
on the seats, door panels/armrests, headrests, and dash, and piping
on the seats and seatbelts, Nut Brown/Black Nappa leather, and
Macchiato Beige/Black Nappa leather – with eight interior trims to
choose from, including two standard (mine was high-tech Aluminum
with Trapeze Cut, Black Piano Lacquer on the center console), two
wood for $150, two "Flowing Woods" for $1,300, one Metal
Weave for $600, and one for $2,850 (AMG Carbon Fiber).
eye-catching arrow-shaped wing signet in silver chrome bore 3-D
"V-8 BITURBO 4MATIC+" lettering to highlight the drive
system. The extended side sill panels gave the E63 S a
low-to-the-ground appearance and elongated the overall line. Silver
chrome inserts in the panels and on the rear bumper, with
diffuser-look insert, differentiated the E63 S from the base E63.
My E63 S had
standard power rear window sunshades, heated and cooled front seats
with memory, 80gb hard drive navigation, 10gb music storage linked
with Gracenote media database, SiriusXM radio with Traffic and
Weather, Enhanced Voice Control for audio and nav, 64-color LED
ambient lighting on the dash, console, and doors, 40/20/40
split-folding rear seats, illuminated entry system, and universal
Five years of
Mercedes-Benz mbrace Connect is also standard, with features for
remote access, infotainment, safety, Travel & Assistance, and
entertainment. Remote Access Services included remote start,
lock/unlock, horn and lights, and Send2Benz (send directions to the
COMAND navi system from a smartphone or computer), vehicle finder,
message center (vehicle-related issues), dealer info, curfew minder,
speed alert, driving journal (location and past trips on an online
map), travel zones (preset boundaries), and roadside-assistance
Services included HERE local search, Yelp, news, point-of-interest
download (15 million POIs in the mbrace database), My MBFS
(financial services – account details, payments), investment data,
gas stations/fuel prices, and traffic cameras. Entertainment
Features included WiFi hotspot, TuneIn Radio, and iHeart Radio.
Features included vehicle diagnostics tests, automatic collision and
alarm notifications, stolen-vehicle location assistance,
agent-assisted door unlock, dealer connect, SOS/emergency call, safe
ride, and crisis assist. Travel & Assistance included
Mercedes-Benz Concierge, location-based traffic and weather, and
turn-by-turn route assistance.
Communication is a radio-based exchange of information between
vehicles, and between vehicles and traffic infrastructure. The
system obtains information from outside the driver’s field of
vision, such as an approaching wrong way driver, traffic congestion,
or emergency vehicles approaching from any direction, then alerts
Mercedes-Benz created FrontBass audio technology, which placed the
woofers into structural beams in the footwells rather than the
doors, using the half-cubic-foot metal chambers to significantly
enhance the sound. My E63 had a Burmester Premium Surround Sound
high-resolution central display and a 12.3-inch wide-screen
instrument cluster provided clear images and easy to use menus, with
a COMAND system touchpad controller on the console and touch
controls on the three-spoke steering wheel. A wireless charging pad
was tucked under the center stack.
be one of the most-impressive safety technologies available on
Mercedes-Benz vehicles. It essentially senses impending collisions
and prepares various safety features – tightens seat belts,
optimizes seat position/moves occupants away from side impacts,
prepares air bags according to occupancy, closes windows/sunroof,
turns on hazard lights, applies braking, and counteracts over- or
under-steering. The system can even detect distracted or fatigued
driving patterns and alert the driver. I am always happy to report
that I didn’t test the system. Pre-Safe sound joins in by
producing a "pink" noise to prep ears for the louder
sounds of a crash.
Assist, however, was tested and appreciated on a busy local street.
Parking is almost totally controlled by the vehicle, with the driver
handling the brake and accelerator.
My E63 S had
several options, including paint and interior, totaling $18,995. AMG
Advanced Lighting added $1,500, and included 84 individually
activated high-performance LEDs for precision-controlled
distribution of light. A "gridding" pattern allows light
to be controlled independently to adapt to traffic and weather
conditions and illuminate road surfaces in a very specific manner.
This was interesting to observe in changing light and weather
included a Panoramic Roof ($1,000), LED Logo Projectors ($200),
Matte Black Wheel Hub Covers ($25), Air Balance Package with power
rear-window sunshade and Air Balance fragrance system ($350), and
AMG Premium Package ($3,600) with Active Blind Spot Assist, Active
Brake Assist with Cross-Traffic Function, Active Emergency Stop
Assist, Active Lane Keeping Assist, Active Lane Change Assist,
Congestion Emergency Braking, Active Distance Assist, Active
Steering Assist, Active Speed Limit Assist, Head-Up Display, Evasive
Steering Assist, and Surround View System.
Protection Package added $380 and included rear side-window
sunshades and double sun visors. The Burmester High-End 3-D Surround
Sound system added $4,550, a Media Interface cable, and Apple
Lighting connector added $35, and rear side-impact air bags added
The AMG E63 S
is very attractive – sporty and elegant at the same time – and
the matte exterior along with the Night Package was especially
striking. Seating was comfortable and legroom was abundant.
Acceleration was amazing – and a little scary – and driving was
easy and fun.
and $995 destination charges, my E63 delivered for $126,995.