2021 Mercedes-AMG E 63 S Sedan First Drive: Weapons-Grade Thrust

2021 Mercedes-AMG E 63 S Sedan First Drive: Weapons-Grade Thrust

Not so long ago, if you wanted a massaged Mercedes E-Class AMG that flew under the radar, you went for the wagon. No one expected a family load carrier to have a high horsepower engine and highway crash performance; it was the perfect stealth performance car. But as we enter the third decade of the 21st century, wagons really are cars for the connoisseur. Enthusiasts look at a wagon twice these days, and if they see wide tires, big brakes and a toothed grille and hear the rumble of the quad’s exhaust, they’ll know. However, no one will look twice at the 2021 Mercedes-AMG E 63 S sedan.

The 2021 AMG E 63 S sedan is essentially a mid-cycle facelift of the W213-based car launched in 2017, combining a gentle cosmetic nip and pullback with the software and UI upgrades that were an integral part. of the regular E-Class. makeover earlier this year. And what is most striking about the AMG E 63 S sedan is its sobriety.

Of course, the E63 S has the menacing AMG family grille and a few gaping cooling vents in the front. But see it from another perspective, and it could almost be just another four-door E-Class. The quad tailpipes – fake, unfortunately – blend into the black painted fake diffuser under the rear bumper. A residual lip spoiler runs through the trailing edge of the trunk. The side skirts are subtle, as is the small vent on the side of the front fender. The new, airy design of the new 20-inch twin five-spoke wheel is attractive, but there are plenty of base E 350s rolling on AMG wheels, albeit 18 or 19 inches.

The E 63 S sedan flies under the radar. Until you crush the gas. Then it flies.

This powerful 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8, hand-built at AMG’s headquarters in Affalterbach, Germany, and delivering 603 horsepower and 627 lb-ft of torque, delivers epic performance, especially in Sport + mode or Race, which also fine-tune response and overhaul the shifting protocols of the nine-speed AMG Speedshift MCT transmission and advise the electronic stability control system to cut you off a bit of slack. AMG claims a 0-60 acceleration time of 3.3 seconds on the electronically limited 186 mph path. What’s most impressive about this engine is its top-of-the-line bite. It will pull sharply from just over 1,000 RPM in manual mode, but the surge in throttle as the tachometer needle goes past 2,800 RPM indicates that both turbochargers are working hard. From there to the 7,000 rpm redline, it’s just a long burst of military-grade thrust.

All-wheel drive, courtesy of the AMG Performance 4Matic + drivetrain, is standard in the E 63 S lineup. But select Drift mode, and all drive is channeled to the rear axle, which sets the E 63 S for smoky side action if you have room. And the spare tires. Very quick on the highway, the E 63 S sedan is also quick on a twisty road, torque and traction hit the car in the corners, and the big brakes effortlessly slow down when you need them. The steering feel is meaty, with remarkably little corruption from the all-wheel drive system. It quickly covers the ground, this car, whatever the road.

Unless you’re working hard on the E 63 S, the ride is firm, especially with the suspension in the stiffest of its three settings, even on relatively smooth German roads. But with more weight – AMG claims the sedan tips the scales at just under 4,500 pounds – and a longer wheelbase, it feels calmer and calmer than the smaller C 63 S. The longer link weak of the car is the transmission. The AMG Speedshift MCT is an automatic transmission with a multiple clutch pack instead of a regular torque converter. AMG claims the setup means faster shift times and works well to withstand large torque loads, but taking off the light throttle openings at low speeds sometimes induces an alarming shunt through the transmission.

In addition to the exterior makeover, which also includes three new colors for 2021 (Graphite Gray Metallic, Cirrus Silver Metallic and Semi-Matte Gloss Blue), the revised E 63 S receives the new AMG performance steering wheel with two-bladed spokes and tactile buttons. . It also adds the generally frustrating MBUX infotainment system, but with AMG-specific features and displays. The AMG Track Pace system, which allows you to record 80 pieces of vehicle-specific performance data on the track, is now standard.

The 2021 Mercedes-AMG E 63 S sedan – along with the 2021 E 63 S wagon – is expected to arrive at U.S. Mercedes dealers before the end of the year. Base price is $ 108,495. Don’t blink, or you’ll miss it as you glide stealthily past you in traffic.


Mercedes-AMG E 63 S sedan first test after 2021: A weapon-grade push first appeared on MotorTrend.

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