Car aficionados are yet again given another option they can consider this year, and this is none other than the 2018 Mercedes-AMG E63 S.
This midsized sport sedan from Mercedes is a certified rock them and sock them robot from Neiman Marcus catalog. Brutish and stolid at the same time, this latest addition to the pack loves to deliver blows to other vehicles that are guaranteed to snap some necks, and possibly even eat the scraps they go for dessert. However, this fighter of a vehicle can manage to show off some really fancy footwork. The training regimen of AMG for the standard E-class starts with the usual 4.0-L biturbo V8. This has been cranked to 603 hp (612 PS / 450 kW) in E63 S, or S63 hp in the regular E63, which is not available in the United States. If you are counting, which is expected from buyers belonging in this class, this 603 hp can easily match the bigger Mercedes-AMG S63.
As the 600 hp starting to become the new magic figure in the world of high end sport sedans, there is a historical perspective in order. During the year 1986, the AMG Hammer, the progenitor of E63, managed to blow the minds of enthusiasts by making a horsepower of 355 from a 5.5-L V-8 and manages to clock the mile per hour run of 0 to 60 miles in a matter of 5 seconds flat. This new moon-shot Mercedes started at a price of $125,000 to $276,000 in the inflation-adjusted dollars of today compared to just more than $105,000 for the latest 2018 E63. These days, a VW Golf R or Focus RS can easily whip the Hammer to 60 miles per hour, which means that luxury models require extra power for justifying their prices and status. With the almost unnoticeable chirps from the 4 driven tires, the E63 pulls of 60 mph in 3.3 seconds as expected from supercars, and reaches the electronically limited peak of 186 miles per hour.
Between the adjustable dampers and air suspension, Michelin Pilot Sport Tires, and the rear-biased 4Matic+ AWD, this Mercedes model can pull off 1.0 g in terms of lateral acceleration. This sedan doesn’t have any issues in putting up ridiculous figures on track, even though this marbled bot is not really a track car by itself, and still manage to go back home to perform the daily duties of expected of a sedan among family and friends. The E63 S also feels lavish and luxurious, not to mention that this ultimate E-class also looks remarkably great, racy without being boy-racer, all made possible by its front splitter, rear diffuser, and flared front fenders, most of which were slathered in the optional carbon fiber. This sport sedan is truly hard to beat, so to speak.
The 2018 Mercedes-AMG E63 S is the perfect proof that the E-class and AMG go well together. The black forged wheels of 20 inches and the Cardinal Red metallic paint of E63 didn’t fail to wow car buffs. On the brutal streets of Brooklyn, air-suspension ride is a bit crusty in the Race or Sport Plus modes of the car, yet it is a bit livable in Sport or Comfort. When compared to gearbox in several AMGs of its previous version, the latest 9 speed and dual clutch transmission did not lag from stop at low speed.
If semi-autonomy is not your thing, 2018 Mercedes-AMG E63 S lives for the semi-legal assaults on some cars, most particularly the ones that fail and try to keep up. The fight’s unfairness was shown one night on Taconic Packway, a shoulder-free, tricky series of the descents and ascents en route to Berkshires.
The engine of 2018 Mercedes-AMG E63 S is one of the best sounding V8 in the world, particularly its dual turbochargers, which strangle and neuter sound in several competing turbo models. To keep the decibels in check, 2018 Mercedes-AMG E63 S does pump a bit subtle, engine-improving frequency via the audio system of the vehicle. But some users stated that they could not tell where the sound was coming. All they know is that it is amazing and that they kept craving for more. Whether you are outside or inside the car, the expressive barks and gurgles of V8 during the gear changes can be best experienced through the optional $1250 AMG Sport Exhaust.
The cabin of 2018 Mercedes-AMG E63 S is something that you shouldn’t miss. It’s a rolling affirmation that you have spent your money well. If you though you would grown tired of the carbon-fiber clichés, you will be surprised once you slid into the driver’s seat of 2018 Mercedes-AMG E63 S. The carbon-fiber weave from its herringbone pattern and glossy depths to the sheer stuff will make you wow. The new conjoined dual displays of 2018 Mercedes-AMG E63 S seem as animated and big as the Times Square billboard. The front seats rank among the best sculpted thrones of the industry with some adjustments and numerous massage programs.
The trunk space and rear seats are generous for cars of this mission and size. On its front, the cabin is scented even if Mercedes requires sophisticated fragrances, which is something of bloody metallic and burnt-rubber to set the right mood for this 2018 Mercedes-AMG E63 S. However, its real winner is ambient lighting, which includes the ability to adjust the colors across the full spectrum.
2018 Mercedes-AMG E63 S is the best among the midsize super sedans in the market. The Mercedes isn’t only faster, yet it is less of a 1-note and always-on machine. The supercharged wall of Cadillac is charming, yet brawling V8 of Mercedes sounds better. Its 9-speed automated gearbox beats the slow-footed 8- speed of Cadillac. Mercedes looks hotter and much sophisticated with superior seats upfront and roomier trunk and back seat. Refinement and interior luxury aren’t contest. E63 is the palace billionaire versus the bowling hall of Cadillac. Mercedes is costlier, which starts about $18K above Cadillac, yet expect that you’ll get what you pay for.