Mercedes-AMG E63 wagon at the 'ring: Time for Tea?


Forgive us if this is all a little tedious now, but seeing new cars hurled around the Nordschleife by Christian Gebhardt in seven minutes something still holds considerable appeal. Particularly when said car shouldn't really be there, like a Mercedes estate.

Yes, of course a lot of work has been put into ensuring the E63 can hold its own on a circuit; it's still hard to imagine, however, many buyers tackling a track day in their £100K family estate. The AMG GT R that Sport Auto recently tested, yes; the AMG wagon rather less probable.

Which makes watching the lap all the more fascinating. This is a two-tonne car, after all, and there's no way something so heavy should be capable of lapping the Nurburgring in 7:45. But it certainly does, in a captivating display of V8 blare and tyre squeal.

Actually, that's harsh on the AMG, because it does a laudable job of containing its mass and seems to turn in pretty well. Let's just say it makes up time lost in the slower bends by annihilating the following straights. Sometimes it looks like a Legoland version of the track, the straights seemingly shrunken to child size by that mighty 4.0-litre V8.

A couple of points to note before you consume the vid. See how driver Gebhardt seldom uses the gearshift paddles, preferring to rely predominantly on the most aggressive automatic setting. And as for a top speed, 270km/h shows on the run to Schwedenkreuz but sadly the GPS recorder throws a wobbly after Pflanzgarten so we're not sure about the Dottinger-Hohe; how about another attempt lads?

Watch the video here.

[Source: NurburgringLapTimes]

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  • Roma101 09 Nov 2017

    Meh. I know it weighs two tonnes etc, but it has over 600 hp and is only slightly faster than the fastest hot hatches. Perhaps I am naive, but I would have expected more from it.

  • Wonderman 09 Nov 2017

    "I do zat time in a van! Oh...I zee you were using a van..."


  • AdamT 09 Nov 2017

    Roma101 said:
    Meh. I know it weighs two tonnes etc, but it has over 600 hp and is only slightly faster than the fastest hot hatches. Perhaps I am naive, but I would have expected more from it.
    I'd say that if you are comparing this time with Manufacturers lap records then you are being a touch naïve. Christian Gebhardt (the journo driver) is a really talented bloke, but is not factory driver calibre and nor will he be going full banzai as Sport Auto don’t like crashing cars lent to them by manufacturers. Also the lap record times will be invariably using semi slick tyres, not the (albeit brilliant) Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S tyre that is standard for the W213 E63S.

    Best to look at this time in comparison with other Sport Auto Super Test times which are typically around 10-15s slower than the equivalent manufacturer time. Of interest the Sport Auto time (way back in 2001) for the 996 GT2 is 7:46 and the 997.1 GT3 RS time was 7:48.

  • rtz62 09 Nov 2017

    Can’t tell from the limited screen size on my piephone, but is that in full automatic mode, rather than use of the flappy paddles?
    Impressive for such a behemoth but then again, I’d expect something special for a nigh-on £100k German shepherd transporter...

  • Ares 09 Nov 2017

    Impressive, but only 5secs quicker than the £60k Alfa SUV....

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