2013 Mercedes Benz E63 AMG Review

By on October 4, 2012
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The thrills of an overpowered sedan.

Good: Incredibly potent engine; Absurdly fast acceleration; Loaded with safety & driving assists; Extensive customization through onboard computer.
Bad: Optional extras are great, but cost a lot; Exterior styling hardly differentiates AMG from regular E-class.
Price: AED 632,000
* The price is the Suggested Retail Price at the time of review. Please call a retailer to confirm the latest price for this product.

Powered by the same 5.5-liter twin turbo V8 as the ML63 AMG, our tester E63 AMG came with the performance package that boosted power to 557 hp and 800Nm torque. This literally launches the 1.8-ton E63 AMG from 0 to 100kmph in just 4.3 seconds.

While the 5.5-liter Biturbo V8 seemed adequate in the ML63 AMG, especially given its size and weight, in the E-class this engine seems a tad bit too powerful. Try and push the car from 100kmph just a little and you’re already doing 160kmph; floor the pedal and you’ll touch the 250kmph (electronic) limit in just 4 to 5 more seconds. With this much muscle under the hood, the E63 AMG becomes a little scary.

In Sports+ mode you’ll almost always feel like you’re riding the torque as the engine is looking for even the slightest hint of pressure on the accelerator or propel you forward. Now I don’t know how powerful the “regular” AMG brakes are, but the Carbon Ceramic brake package certainly helps the E63 AMG come to a quick stop from insane speeds with much grace.

With the E63, AMG have certainly transformed this street smart car into Dr. Frankenstein’s monster, but the good news is it still looks rather gentlemanly, with only a few design cues that would reveal its true nature. Perfectly suited for the family and the driver in you, the E63 AMG will certainly tug at your heartstrings when you drive it.

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