The cream of the crop in the E-Class range brings power and performance levels worthy of a supercar.
With a monstrous 603 horsepower (450 kilowatts) and 627 pound-feet (850 Newton-meters) on tap, you’re looking at the most powerful E63 of all times. As you would image, it’s also the quickest, with the sprint to 60 mph (96 kph) taking a mere 3.3 seconds en route to an electronically-capped top speed of 155 mph (250 kph). Pay extra for the optional AMG Driver’s package and Mercedes will be more than happy to install a less restrictive limiter, one that will kick in at 186 mph (300 kph).
The fact that it comes exclusively with an all-wheel-drive 4MATIC setup isn’t actually bad news, because the E63 S has an ace up its sleeve. It’s called the Drift Mode and upon activation it will effectively enable the high-performance sedan to become tail-happy by switching to rear-wheel drive. Keep in mind that it only works when the transmission is in manual mode and with the ESP turned off.
In regards to styling, Mercedes-AMG has given the new E63 S slightly wider wheel arches, which not only make the car more imposing, but also serve the purpose of accommodating the greater track width and beefier wheels at the front axle. A trunk-mounted spoiler lip color-coordinated with the body has been added as well, while the reshaped rear bumper has a diffuser-like insert and hosts those menacing quad exhaust tips.
Even though it’s the range-topping model of the E-Class family, there are still several extra options to add, including carbon ceramic brakes and AMG Performance seats with integrated head restraints. There’s also a Night Package with carbon fiber accents for the exterior, while inside the cabin buyers can opt for the AMG Performance steering wheel clad in Nappa leather and Dinamica microfiber.
Mercedes-AMG will have the new E63 on display from November 16 at the Los Angeles Auto Show where it will bring the Edition 1. It has most of the available bells and whistles, including the aforementioned Night Package, sporty steering wheel and seats, along with 20-inch forged matte black wheels, Night Black Magno body color, and other goodies.
As it’s the case with all Edition 1 models sold by Mercedes, this one will only be available for around 12 months after the car’s market launch. Speaking of which, the E63 is scheduled to go on sale in Europe from March 2017, with United States to follow in the summer.