By Dan Scanlan – MyCarData
Siehe, der Hammer! “Behold the Hammer,” as the original Mercedes-Benz AMG E63 S Wagon was once recognized. The identify was apropos for a 1986 Mercedes-Benz E-Class station wagon with a 5.6-liter V-8 tuned by AMG to a then-prodigious 360 hp, capable of 190 mph. This station wagon was quicker than some supercars of the day, however seemed pretty meek bar critical rubber, and often black paint.
Our fifth-generation E-Class continues that Hammer custom with a barely extra aggressive shape and extra prodigious energy coupled with luxury and critical utility.
With virtually 150 extra horsepower than a base Corvette Grand Sport, twice as many seats, far more cargo area and a bit of a sleeper image, dare I name this AMG a velvet Hammer?
• The Designo Purple Metallic shape is current E-Class Sedan via to the B-pillar, then the wagon provides a horny, virtually coupe-like silhouette with subtly aggressive and very purposeful modifications. It all rides on huge, low-profile P265/35ZR20-inch entrance and P295/30ZR20-inch Michelin Pilot Sport rubber in back, mounted on thin-spoke AMG alloy wheels with large cross-drilled, vented disc brakes and purple calipers in view. It all hunkers down on an extended wheelbase for a dynamic look.
The basic grill will get silver vertical slats with the large star flanked by obtrusive LED headlights with twin LED DRL slashes — very cool at nightfall. AMG sculpted the lower intake and air dam as a wide-mouth, aggressive air-sucking system with polished steel-tipped air dam, while distinct aspect intakes flare like curled lips. Low alloy-accented aspect sill panels help the low look and lengthen the overall line.
A distinct design line off the headlights’ trailing edges passes over practical chrome slashed vents that tell the story — V8BITURBO 4MATIC — before piercing door handles and joining sensible LED taillights. The windshield has a nice as it flows into the roof’s smoked glass moonroof. The rear hatch has a mild rake, the only sign of aggressive intent here a black lower diffuser with quad chromed AMG-badged exhaust ideas.
• Luxurious and know-how await once you step into sculpted AMG seats. Carbon fiber trims the sweeping dashboard dotted with alloy eyeball vents, and perforated alloy Burmester audio system on the doors. The alloy trim at the bottom can also be color-changeable accent illumination. The thick stitched black leather rim of the Three-spoke AMG steering wheel is flattened on the bottom to clear legs. There’s stitched strains top-center so you all the time know when steering is centered. It’s power tilt and telescoping, with touchpads above cruise, telephone, voice command and audio buttons.
Beneath the hand-stitched dashtop, twin 12.3-inch displays merging to type a panoramic info picture. The gauge display is in three sections, all absolutely configurable. “Classic” mimics a 200-mph analog speedometer on the left, an 8,000-rpm tach on the suitable and anything in the center. “Sport” and “Progressive” go together with a central tach and extra display options. Performance displays with turbo increase, horsepower and torque, prompt G-Pressure and others may be configured as properly.
The black glass flows proper into the large navigation show for navigation, phone, excellent AM-FM-SiriusXM Burmester sound system, Dynamic Choose engine/transmission/steering settings, cooled massaging seats and efficiency shows. It’s all dealt with by the sleek tap and touchpad over the familiar knurled alloy COMAND knob on the gloss black middle console. That touchpad on prime lets you fingertip spell letters and numbers.
It’s flanked by buttons to handle Dynamic Select, suspension, exhaust snarl, guide gear selection, and quantity. Twin cup holders and a USB port stay nearby, whereas stitched leather covers the middle armrest storage area.
The middle display additionally exhibits an enormous performance knowledge display with G-force, horsepower, torque, increase and which method the all-wheel-drive is pulling. At 70 mph on the highway with cruise activated, it needed solely an indicated 30 hp to take care of velocity, the display displaying solely rear-wheel-drive engaged. There’s even a knowledge recorder with velocity, linear acceleration, fuel pedal, steering angle, brake pedal use and other information, displayed digitally in addition to a graph on a monitor sector by sector.
The level of different tech is just as spectacular.
Voice command dealt with one-shot tackle requests properly. The leather-based and suede AMG sport seats gripped fantastically, with numerous energy changes and three reminiscence presets every, plus heating, cooling, multiple massage settings and lively aspect bolsters that inflated in curves to help. Then there’s the autonomous-ish driving. In a 45-minute visitors jam, the Mercedes steered, braked and accelerated by itself at the 10- to 15-mph speeds we endured as I stored palms and ft prepared, however unneeded. At freeway speeds, the automotive would keep lane, velocity and distance with minimal enter, demanding arms on wheel in the event you tried to let it drive itself. It modifications lanes by itself – click on the turn sign and it slides into an adjoining lane by itself. The longer term is right here.
Back seat room is excellent for 2 — heated outboard seats, middle armrest, adjustable fan and temperature. Then where a sports sedan would finish, there’s 35 cu. ft. of capability, expandable by way of the 40/20/40 cut up rear seatback. The rear hatch opens with a foot beneath the bumper, plus underfloor storage and a 12-volt outlet underneath security cowl. Let’s simply say this can be a haulin’ wagon with room for four, a dog and stuff. Now let’s see how properly it hauls.
• This velvet hammer is a glossy, trendy pink station wagon with luxurious lodging, capable of plant power to pavement. Discover a curving street and the E63 AMG S simply hoovers itself to the asphalt, stitching itself from apex to apex flat and sans drama, the steering firm and superbly weighted, the brakes exact in really feel and powerful in software.
Virtually each Mercedes carried out by AMG has a hand-built engine with the signature of its craftsman on it — Arman Erol in my case — and the power to haul arsch. Our 4-liter V-8 with twin turbochargers had 603 hp and 627 lb-ft of peak torque from 2,500 – 4,500 rpm, hooked to a Speedshift MCT 9-speed transmission. That transmission, with lengthy and easy-to-find paddle shifters, has a moist clutch as an alternative of a torque converter. Meaning whip-snort shifts, very fast downshifts and “refined brutality” when it’s used to its fullest.
The E63 has multiple drive settings: Comfort, Particular person, Sport, Sport+ and Race to regulate engine and transmission response, traction/stability management, suspension, even exhaust word. Or tap the suspension button and go firm or firmer, but depart engine, transmission and exhaust word in Comfort. Tap the exhaust enhancement to go from primary snarl to feral growl, complete with explosive exhaust barks on upshifts, a crackle and pop-pop on deceleration overrun. There’s a refined throttle blip on downshifts in Sport, Sport+ and Race modes.
In Sport, throttle response was supercar-like as we launched our 4,669-lb. wagon with full gasoline load, all four Michelins grabbing, to 60 mph in Four seconds! Set in Race, engine response and steering really sharpen as shifts come speedy hearth and stability control backs off. Launch control is straightforward – left foot brake, right fuel, and when the digital sprint flashed pink, launch the left whereas hammering the correct. Our 5,800-mile-old station wagon rocketed to 60 mph in 3.1 seconds, and 100 mph in 8 seconds, 1G pulled on launch as all 603-hp engaged. It was shove-me-in-my seat highly effective.
Even in Consolation setting, the E63 was desperate to move on demand, quiet bar some tire noise on the highway as we averaged as high as 17 mpg on premium, a determine dropping once we played arduous.
It all rides on unbiased, multi-link front and rear suspension with multi-chamber air suspension and constantly variable damping. The air springs stiffen mechanically to scale back roll and pitch throughout sudden load modifications, fast cornering, exhausting acceleration or heavy braking.
The journey in Comfort was well-controlled, supple yet not gentle, each rebound properly buffered shortly. The automotive handled securely, the electronically controlled limited-slip rear differential decreasing slip on the within wheel when cornering without brake use, which also let us energy out confidently. On an expressway off-ramp, the E63 hung in as if on rails, eliciting shock from multiple passenger as the seat bolsters inflated on one aspect to hold us in. We saw .5Gs in flat, unruffled cornering. In Sport+, it was very agency, tremendous fast in rebound management, but didn’t beat me up.
That 4MATIC+ all-wheel drive and fully-variable torque distribution between front and rear meant the wagon by no means set a tread mistaken on any curve. It might shift energy to the front axle as needed immediately. However set in Sport+, the rear wheels work extra and the automotive circled our skid pad virtually neutrally at 1G. In truth, “Drift Mode” in Race mode let the tail hang out like Fast and Livid. We had no skid pad large enough to attempt, but regular Race mode gave us a taste of power tail-out, all very controllable by way of super-precise steering and throttle control.
As for those ventilated and cross-drilled 15.4-in. entrance disc brakes with six-piston fastened calipers, and 14.2-in. rears with single-piston floating calipers, the pedal was very controllable, with quick chew as wanted and fast, managed stops from any velocity, with no fade after repeated exhausting use.
Energy, pace and skill to warp area and shrink corners because it easily dealt with commuting and journeys – I miss this automotive.
• The 2019 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG S Station Wagon begins at $108,850 with tons normal but: $2,250 driver assistance package deal with lively cruise control, plus steering and blind spot assist; $800 LED headlights with cornering parts; $1,080 purple paint; $125 perfume system; $1,250 lively exhaust; Three-zone automated climate management for $760; $580 heated rear seats; $1,320 lively multi-contour front seats with massage; and $990 head-up display; for a total $119,055.
• Bottom line — Here’s a station wagon that can haul the household in type and luxury with all their gear — or be tossed around a race monitor after you hauled your helmet and kit to the pit lane. It really is a sensible, powerful precision instrument well worth the worth.
2019 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG S Wagon specs
Car sort – all-wheel-drive midsize 5-door sports wagon
Base worth – $108,850 ($72,905 as tested)
Engine sort – Twin-turbo DOHC, 32-valve aluminum alloy V-8
Displacement – 4-liter
Horsepower (internet) – 603 @ 5,750 – 6500 rpm
Torque (lb.ft.) – 627 @ 2,500-4,500 rpm
Transmission – 9-speed automated w/paddle shift
Wheelbase – 115.7 inches
General size – 197.1 inches
General width – 81.3 inches w/mirrors
General peak – 58 inches
Entrance headroom – 37.5 inches
Front legroom – 41.5 inches
Rear headroom – 39.6 inches
Rear legroom – 35.8 inches
Cargo capacity – 25 cu.ft./64 cu.ft w/rear seats down
Gasoline capacity – 21.1 gallons
Weight – Four,669 lbs.
Mileage score – 16-mpg metropolis/22 freeway