Mercedes have just announced that the E63 S 4Matic+ is now available to order. This E-class doesn’t quite fit the stereotype, though, for one simple reason, its the most powerful E-Class ever produced. The typical old man’s car comments go out of the window when you set your eyes on the E63, and it doesn’t just look the part either.
The E63 S provides 450Kw ( 585bhp) and a generous 850Nm of torque from a 4L V8 with twin-scroll turbochargers, which are situated inside the V. This design helps make the engine more compact, increases efficiency and turbo response. All this power will launch to you 100kph in 3.4 seconds, with the top speed electronically limited to 250kph. This can be increased to 300kph with the AMG Drivers Package.
The E63 features a 9-speed sports transmission(AMG SPEEDSHIFT MC), as well as a new 4-wheel drive system and updates to the chassis and differentials. The E63 also features a drift mode in which the vehicle becomes 100% rear wheel drive when certain modes are selected. Dynamic engine mounts come standard on this model, these engine mounts adjust their stiffness in relation to driving conditions.
When cruising or in comfort mode, the E63 benefits from Cylinder Deactivation in which the engine uses only four cylinders instead of all eight to help with fuel economy and emissions. This system had helped the E63 S set a new best when compared with its competitors at 8.9L/100km.
The Race Start system has been improved. When in Sport, Sport + or Dynamic driving modes, holding the brake with the left foot and applying the accelerator with the right will activate Race Start/Launch Control – This is a much easier setup than in previous models.
The AMG Studio is also available for those who would like more personalization with their vehicle. For example, there is a Night package, different wheel packages and two carbon fibre packages for the exterior.
The intelligent driving system has also been updated and includes a concierge service in which you can find out weather information, If your stocks are performing well( If they are, you are more likely to be driving an S-Class) Route recommendations and reservation making for sporting and cultural activities.
Overall, I like the new look of the E-Class and the E63 More so, Mercedes have put a lot of time and effort into redesigning and improving the technology inside this car. On paper, it looks good. My favourite feature? Drift Mode.
Price and Delivery
The E63 S starts at R1 868 400, and we can expect to start seeing these on South African road’s in the 2nd quarter of this year.
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