Fear Not, Mercedes-AMG Will Continue Selling the 603-HP E 63 S Station Wagon
Look, there’s not much to like about 2020. If we could sweep entire years in proverbial trash cans, this would be among the first of the scoopers. So it is with great relief that we can bring you this news – good! – new in 2020: the 603-horsepower Mercedes-AMG E 63 S wagon receives an update for 2021 and will continue to sell in the United States. After Mercedes decided to cut the regular E 450 station wagon for the United States in favor of less graceful, raised and armored vehicles, as well as the Subaru-type E-Class all-terrain vehicle, we were not entirely certain that the special -AMG only on command would survive.
If the options foresee that the wagon E 63 S exists on our shores or not, we will gladly take the first, even if it is not accompanied by any increase in power. The 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 in the 2021 Mercedes-AMG E 63 S develops last year’s 603 hp. In fact, nothing in the AMG’s mechanical package has changed, which means it still uses a nine-speed automatic transmission and a performance-oriented all-wheel drive system that can be set to a “drift” mode. Rear-wheel drive only at the press of a button.
For 2021, Mercedes-AMG opened the front of the E 63 for better cooling, widening the grille of the model and lowering the sockets. The wagon, like its similarly updated sedan brother, also adopts the design of the now-iconic Mercedes-AMG “Panamericana” grille, which is recognizable by its wide vertical strakes. There is a new front splitter that reduces front lift, by AMG, and the fenders are bulkier than before, as is the hood. Overall, the E 63 continues to look pretty much the same – and subtly mean as few modern vehicles do. Well, provided you avoid the bright blue paint color shown here. To be fair, if you spend six figures on a 603 horsepower wagon, you do. Speaking of which, prices for the newest AMG wagon are nearing the date the car goes on sale at the end of this year. For 2020, it started at just over $ 112,000.
Other than a new steering wheel, which is in keeping with the rest of the changes to the refreshed E-Class family, and a switch to the latest MBUX touchscreen infotainment system from the three-spoke star, the wagon E 63 S is the same luxurious five-seater family transporter (which also carries buttocks) like last year. AMG has enlarged and repositioned the paddle shifters behind the steering wheel, which can be used to manually select gears and be part of the initiation sequence for the rear-drive Drift mode mentioned above, in which the AWD system of the car disengages the front axle for rear hooliganism.
Do your kids need a zero to 60 mph time of about 3.4 seconds and a top speed of 180 mph to get to football training on time? We do not care. Sometimes parents just want to take a little time to go to work or go shopping. And untie the Wagon E 63 S, in a way that few family vehicles are capable of. (If things get out of hand or your ride looks like a race track, there are always the optional carbon composite brake discs to reign without fading.) The AMG is certainly more worthwhile than the new E-Class all – ground, not to mention almost all the other station wagons available. Okay, that may have been an understatement, but hey, we’re thrilled with this rare good news.
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