All hail the most powerful Mercedes E class of all time, the 2018 Mercedes-AMG E63 S with 604-hp and a 0-60 mph time that will make your grandmother suspicious of the speedometer since she is smothered with luxury and comfort.
Revealed ahead of the world premier which takes place in the Los Angeles Auto Show next month – Mercedes-Benz revealed the 2018 E63 and the 2018 E63 S both of which no longer have the 5.5-liter twin-turbocharged v8. Instead, they receive the smaller but much more potent 4.0-liter V8 and standard 4Matic AWD across the entire range.
The standard E63 now makes 563-hp and 553 lb-ft while capable of hitting 100 km-h in 3.4 seconds from a stand still. That’s crazy, but wait it gets even more interesting. The 2018 Mercedes-AMG E63 S now makes a super healthy 604-hp and 627-lb-ft of torque which means it gets to 60 mph in 3.3 seconds. How about that for a luxury sedan?
Both models are factory restricted to 155-mph (250 km/h) which can be removed via the optional AMG Driver Package which raises the limit to 186-mph (300 km/h).
Turn the system into the available “Comfort” transmission program between 1,000 and 3,250 rpm and you will deactivate four-cylinders to cut down on fuel consumption during highway cruising.
The 2018 Mercedes-AMG E63 S is available with a nine-speed ‘Speedshift MCT’ (Multi Clutch Technology) transmission that has the shift paddles as you would expect from a performance oriented AMG.
But the most interesting feature on the E63 S 4MATIC is the new ‘Drift Mode’ feature – which delivers power to the rear wheels exclusively, allowing you to power slide all day. This mode is of-course available in the “Race” program if the ESP is turned off and the transmission shift is set to manual. It disengages when the driver deactivates it of-course.
The upgrades continue as AMG fully sorts out the E63’s chassis with new suspension parts in the rear and the back, a specially tuned Air Body Control system, three-stage ESP, mechanical rear differential lock and speed-sensitive electromechanical sports steering.
Braking is also befitting of the mammoth power on-board. High performance six-pot calipers and 360mm discs up front, 36omm discs with single pot calibers at the back for the standard E63 model. The 2018 Mercedes-AMG E63 S does offer more braking performance with 390mm discs upfront and optional ceramic carbon discs that measure 402mm upfront and 360mm at the back. If you’re confused, the bigger the better.
The new 2018 Mercedes-AMG E63 S looks mean and ready for any M5 or RS7 out there as it gets beefier body parts, blacked out 20 inch rims, extended wheel arches, four-pipe exhausts and a unique interior trim. Although i am a huge fan of AMG products, i must admit that the RS7 is much more aggressive and sport in terms of looks. Acceleration is yet to be tested with the new E63 S, but the RS7 has proven to be a monster on the drag strip.