The thrills of an overpowered sedan.
The insides of the E63 AMG is set with precisely cut upholstery and various instruments that allow you to easily access different functions within the car. Our tester came with two-tone lightly tanned and black leather, with ventilated seats front and back. The doors and dashboard trims came in carbon fiber black that adds another AED 14k to the price tag.
While I was expecting the seats to have ventilation and full message system, it was a pleasant surprise to see, or rather feel, the active lumbar support system. Basically whenever you’re turning the E63 AMG the lumbar support would push out (from the opposite direction of the turn) to help negate the G effect on your back. The active lumbar support must surely use a gyroscope because the system activated instantly at every turn.
The rest of the console area remains similar to the ML63 AMG tested a few weeks back, in that there are a myriad buttons surrounding the main navigation system control. This is mostly attributable to the full alphanumeric keypad on the right. The air conditioning controls are fairly straightforward, with the fun stuff (for the driver) coming down near the gearbox.
The main gearbox can be set to Comfort (Eco mode), Sports, Sports+ and Manual mode. The sports mode tightens the RPM control and gearing ratios to provide a more enthusiastic drive. Of course you can always go with the paddle shifters behind the steering wheel for a more “controlled” experience. The Traction control switch is self explanatory, as is the suspension system that alternates between Comfort and Sports mode. Pressing the AMG button simply sets everything to Sorts (Sports+) mode and you’re good to tear down the highway (or more preferably a track) with a single touch.
The central navigation system is easy to navigate through, although I maintain my stance that the bright sandy brown, blue and black color scheme isn’t really doing much for visual flair. Moving to the instrument cluster, it’s nice to see Mercedes Benz paying as much attention to time as the tachometer. After all, which executive wouldn’t like to be on time?
The steering wheel has the minimalist feel to it, but still has enough buttons to navigate through the main computer inside the speedometer, where you can customize pretty much every setting of the E63 AMG you can think of.
The ride is supremely comfortable, and even in Sports mode you cannot really feel the harshness of the road, yet the E63 AMG manages to deliver quite a bit of the feel of the road surface to the steering wheel. The active lumbar support obviously helps out a lot in maintain the comfort, even when the E63 AMG is being put through its paces.
The sound proofing in the E63 AMG is one of the best I have noticed in an executive class sedan, so much so, in fact, that the wildness of the twin turbo V8 is muffled out sadly. Still, while you can barely hear the road as the E63 AMG is pushing upwards of 180kmph, the sensation is that of being in the eye of a storm. You honestly feel the incredible power flowing around you as the V8 roars outside, while you’re comfortably seated inside.