New Mercedes-AMG E63 comes complete with drift mode
Once again, AMG, the purveyor of ludicrously potent cars has come up trumps. Pictured above is the brand new Mercedes-AMG E63 S4MATIC+ saloon (wagon version to follow soon), shown off ahead of its official unveiling at the LA Motor Show next month, and it appears that AMG have pushed the envelope further than ever before.
Tucked away, under the domed bonnet is AMG’s 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 passing through a 9-speed dual-clutch and cranked up to 604bhp and 627lb ft of torque in the full on maximum-attack ‘S’ model, or a more relaxed 563bhp and 553lb ft in regular trim. And before you try to do the maths, that 604bhp number is more than the AMG GT-R. It’s also capable of notching 0-62mph in 3.4 seconds which is 0.2 seconds faster than the GT-R.
Admittedly, a supercar being trounced by a chunky four door saloon is surprising. The secret lies in a completely new and very clever AMG Performance 4MATIC+ all-wheel drive system complete with fully variable torque distribution between the front and rear axles. This gives the benefit of extreme grip when it’s needed, and for those occasions when you feel like burning up your tyres, you can do that too…
By opting for ‘Race’ driving mode, and deactivating the ESP entirely, switching the gearbox to manual and pulling the shift paddles – ‘Drift’ mode is engaged. In contrast from its namesake in the Ford Focus RS, that only prods 70% of the power to the rear tyres, it makes the E63 100% rear wheel drive, and well up for a spot of bad behaviour. When it needs to be tidier, Merc’s standard ‘air body control’ suspension keeps you on the level during fast corners, and plush on the straights.
Identifying your 604bhp supercar eater, over an E220d, is a completely remodelled front complete with vertical black struts in the grille and flared nostrils. The front wheel arches are 17mm wider to fit wider rubber, while the interior is heavily decked out with leather, alcantara and carbon-fibre and pretty cool blue ambient lighting.