RE: Mercedes-AMG E63 S 4Matic : UK Review

RE: Mercedes-AMG E63 S 4Matic : UK Review

Tuesday 9th May 2017

Mercedes-AMG E63 S 4Matic+: UK Review

Circuit silliness done with, time to test the E63 in the real world. And Santa Pod...



So yes, we're all patently aware that the latest E63 does powerslides. It's also quite rapid around a race track. But let's not delude ourselves: people spending the best part of £100,000 on a supersaloon aren't going to be melting Michelins on the regular. So what is the E63 like on a very early journey to work on the M1? How does it cope with an M6-M40-M25 journey from Cheshire to London? What about in traffic? Or around town? And just how fast is it down the quarter-mile?

No escaping the size in the UK...
No escaping the size in the UK...
Sorry, we had to. A set of fortuitous circumstances - honest guv - meant that the E63 loan coincided with our Santa Pod Sunday Service. Rude not to, right? 11.32 seconds at 122.8mph was our best result, a ludicrous time for a four-door saloon. "That thing's a bloody animal" was the marshal's verdict. We didn't check with the GT-R owner that it beat...

Pleasingly for a new-school AMG, with various modes, settings and - yes - the four-wheel drive, the powertrain dominates the E63 experience. This was discussed at length in the original review so we won't dwell on it for long now, but suffice it to say that the closer confines of UK roads make it feel faster than it probably would have on the launch. Which is to say obscenely so. If you want to erupt in fits of laughter down a slip road, this is the car for you.

... even if you paint it battleship grey!
... even if you paint it battleship grey!
Same, more so
It's a great engine to use too. Throttle response is fantastic for an engine with two turbos, the sound is mega and, bar the occasional hesitation, the nine-speed auto is very good as well. Given BMW struggled with the emotional appeal of the engine in the outgoing M5, it will be fascinating to see just how the next one competes with this excellent Mercedes V8. It even did more than 30mpg. Once.

Being in the UK means dealing with UK roads though, and here the E63 doesn't perform quite as faultlessly. Despite a multitude of modes for the air suspension, the ride really is rather firm at lower speeds. Indeed the suspension modes were tried only to find them way too stiff and comfort mode reinstated PDQ. Anything beyond that makes the car agitated and fidgety on bumpier tarmac, a point not helped by the car's sheer size. Though urban and rural roads are not the environments the E63 is designed for, to find it as awkward as it is does come as rather a surprise.

On wider, faster, better surfaced roads, the E63 feels absolutely supreme though. It cruises with aplomb, much more comfortable and with the engine ticking along at less than 2,000rpm. There's more noise than in something like an E220d, but that's to be expected with 265- and 295-section tyres here.

Bravo sir, an excellent job
Bravo sir, an excellent job
No drifting
When pushed, even without the Drift Mode engaged, there is a sense of rear-driven balance to the E63's handling. Certainly its 4WD system feels more exciting than the A45's in the UK, even if having four wheels powering out of a bend remains a rather alien sensation in an AMG. It does require commitment though; certainly anyone familiar with the on-demand oversteer of an old AMG will find this new approach slightly odd. Despite the histrionics of the engine, this E63 is very much the serious sports saloon of AMG's style now - some will embrace the all-encompassing ability, while just as many could well bemoan the passing of an easy-going V8 supersaloon.

There's so much that makes this latest AMG E63 a formidable sports saloon, with its engine, interior and style most likely to be enough for a lot of buyers. Don't forget there's that estate too. However it seems something of a shame that, with so much made of this car's endless configurability, the ideal E63 AMG for 2017 doesn't feel to be quite there yet. With a fraction more comfort and - if we're being brutally honest - a silly streak you can appreciate on the road as well as the track, the E63 has the potential to be one of the supersaloon greats.


MERCEDES-AMG E63 S 4MATIC+
Engine
: 3,982cc, V8 bi-turbo
Transmission: 9-speed automatic AMG Speedshift MCT, all-wheel drive
Power (hp): 612@5,750-6,500rpm
Torque (lb ft): 627@2,500-4,500rpm
0-62mph: 3.4secs
Top speed: 186mph
Weight: 1,950kg (kerb weight)
MPG: 31 (NEDC combined)
CO2: 207g/km
Price: £88,295 (£101,125 as tested comprised of Premium package including Keyless-go comfort package, Panoramic glass sunroof, Burmester surround sound and Multibeam LED intelligent light system, £1,695 for driving assistance plus package including active blind spot and lane keeping assist, active brake assistg and evasive steering assist, active lane change assist, drive pilot, pre-safe impulse side and pre-safe plus and AMG sports seats, £765 for AMG driver's package including increased top speed and driver training, £795 for AMG night package including AMG bodystyling in gloss black and privacy glass, £1,000 for AMG performance exhaust, £1,795 for 20-inch AMG cross-spoke alloy wheels in gloss black, £295 for heated rear seats, £895 for designo Hyacinth Red metallic paint and £2,995 for AMG carbon fibre trim)

[We tested the Hyacinth Red E63 S but only Designo Grey photos were available - sorry! - NA]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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sidesauce

Original Poster:

865 posts

154 months

Tuesday 9th May 2017
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In estate form, this could well be all a family man would ever need - a lifetime keeper perhaps?

Baddie

291 posts

153 months

Tuesday 9th May 2017
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Audi/BMW/Merc supersaloons of converging spec and character, and increasingly unusable performance, differentiated only by "brand". All are very very impressive feats of engineering, you could lose your licence equally quickly in any of them.

rare6499

221 posts

75 months

Tuesday 9th May 2017
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3.4 seconds to 60. This is outrageous!! What a car.

JimbobVFR

1,869 posts

80 months

Tuesday 9th May 2017
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sidesauce said:
In estate form, this could well be all a family man would ever need - a lifetime keeper perhaps?
Can you get a lifetime warranty? Not sure I'd want to run it without a decent one as backup

tomw2000

2,214 posts

131 months

Tuesday 9th May 2017
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rare6499 said:
3.4 seconds to 60. This is outrageous!! What a car.
Wonder what it is to 100? :|
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Baddie

291 posts

153 months

Tuesday 9th May 2017
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Audi/BMW/Merc supersaloons of converging spec and character, and increasingly unusable performance, differentiated only by "brand". All are very very impressive feats of engineering, you could lose your licence equally quickly in any of them.

FN2TypeR

5,767 posts

29 months

Tuesday 9th May 2017
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article said:
We tested the Hyacinth Red E63 S but only Designo Grey photos were available - sorry! - NA
Don't any of you own a camera?

Cracking car, it would simply HAVE to be an estate for me however.

HD Adam

4,220 posts

120 months

Tuesday 9th May 2017
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tomw2000 said:
rare6499 said:
3.4 seconds to 60. This is outrageous!! What a car.
Wonder what it is to 100? :
So, not that quick then.

My truck could take it hehe

trickywoo

7,726 posts

166 months

Tuesday 9th May 2017
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tomw2000 said:
Wonder what it is to 100? :
Probably under 8 secs given the low 11 standing qtr.

culpz

3,893 posts

48 months

Tuesday 9th May 2017
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rare6499 said:
3.4 seconds to 60. This is outrageous!! What a car.
I didn't realise it was that quick either. I know that's only part of the course for a car like this but it's an impressive bragging right regardless! It certainly favors MB's decision to go 4WD for the new E63 anyway.

pimpchez

869 posts

119 months

Tuesday 9th May 2017
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Why is the torque figure incorrect ? The S has ~626 lb ft.

Matt Bird

1,027 posts

141 months

PH Reportery Lad

Tuesday 9th May 2017
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pimpchez said:
Why is the torque figure incorrect ? The S has ~626 lb ft.
Sorry! Not sure why that's happened. Correct figure should be there now.


Matt

Burwood

10,314 posts

182 months

Tuesday 9th May 2017
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tomw2000 said:
rare6499 said:
3.4 seconds to 60. This is outrageous!! What a car.
Wonder what it is to 100? :
The 0-62 has actually been tested at 3.2 and 0-160 at 7.1 which is bonkers.

In comparison Panamera Turbo S 7.5
F10 M5 7.9
F80 BMW M3 8.5
991 GTS 9.6
Bentley Cont GT 9.9

jakesmith

2,799 posts

107 months

Tuesday 9th May 2017
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Doesn't feel like there is anywhere left to go for car performance, as tire grip and physics become the limiting factor over anything mechanical. If the fastest supercars are doing 0-60 in just under 3 seconds and an AMG E is 3.2, the gap is so small.
And as the technology gets cheaper and manufacturers compete, performance trickles down - today's 330d faster than a Ferarri 348.
I think car performance is at or approaching its peak at the moment, before it all goes electric and autonimous

Cupramax

7,567 posts

188 months

Tuesday 9th May 2017
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Burwood said:
tomw2000 said:
rare6499 said:
3.4 seconds to 60. This is outrageous!! What a car.
Wonder what it is to 100? :
The 0-62 has actually been tested at 3.2 and 0-160 at 7.1 which is bonkers.

In comparison Panamera Turbo S 7.5
F10 M5 7.9
F80 BMW M3 8.5
991 GTS 9.6
Bentley Cont GT 9.9
That really is bonkers laugh

Burwood

10,314 posts

182 months

Tuesday 9th May 2017
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Added, BMW will have to try harder to one up with monster. Although I doubt it's difficult to make the power and they will also have AWD

sidesauce

Original Poster:

865 posts

154 months

Tuesday 9th May 2017
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JimbobVFR said:
sidesauce said:
In estate form, this could well be all a family man would ever need - a lifetime keeper perhaps?
Can you get a lifetime warranty? Not sure I'd want to run it without a decent one as backup
Lifetime/30-year corrosion warranty (with a LOT of caveats), that's about it.

Henno196

84 posts

28 months

Tuesday 9th May 2017
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The new M5 is going have to be nigh-on perfect to beat this. If the 'soul' of the last cars engine is anything to go by, the new one needs bags of character instead of being a cold, calculated tool for use. This AMG engine sounds incredible despite being turbocharged, surely BMW can make an emotive engine?

GregMVF4

2 posts

66 months

Tuesday 9th May 2017
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I have a 2015 S Estate, and it's difficult to fault. 4WD would be nice, but the new one is significantly more expensive. We'll see.

Ex Boy Racer

1,042 posts

128 months

Tuesday 9th May 2017
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I don't really get these cars. I had an M5 and, yes, it accelerated really quickly.

But on a nice road the fact that it was huge, heavy and high simply removed any fun available. It's ok being able to go fast, but big saloons are compromised to the extent that the performance becomes a hindrance - or even frightening.

On top of this the big exhaust, wide tyres and firmer suspension make them worse at cruising on the motorway.

I wouldn't have one again