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Mercedes-AMG E63 review – prices, specs and 0-60 time
Turn to the knowledge in evo Magazine and you'll see that the BMW M5 is currently our favourite performance saloon. It's a close-run thing though, and the Mercedes-AMG E63 is the reason. Mercedes' executive express might lack the last few percent of driver interaction offered by the M5, but it's unbelievably fast and huge fun. The naturally-aspirated V8 has gone but in its place is a twin-turbocharged 5.5-litre developing up to 577bhp.
Unlike some AMGs of old however, the E63 isn't a one-dimensional tyre-smoker - there's real talent in the chassis and sharp responses that belie the car's weight. Only an occasionally ponderous gearchange and an ultimate lack of feel from the steering hinder it - and those attributes are easy to overlook given the E63's other talents. We're intrigued to see how its eventual predecessor will move the game on.
‘The E63 AMG S is manic, obscenely accelerative, slightly loose around the edges but wholly exciting. What an engine! You might expect the 5.5-litre twin-turbocharged V8 to be all torque (it has 590lb ft, after all) but there’s not a hint of the power fading away as the revs climb. In fact it positively rips around to the limiter. It’s so ferocious that the rear axle only just copes, the E63 weaving around under power like a torque-steering hot hatch.' Jethro Bovingdon, Contributing Editor (evo 208)
If all-consuming performance is your elixir, spending just shy of £10,000 extra on the 'S' is well worth the money. It has the more involving chassis, better body control and 28bhp and 59lb ft of torque over and above the E63. Combined with the estate body shell it's a thoroughly compelling package and perhaps demonstrates the E63's qualities at their best - handsome looks, thundering pace and high comfort and practicality.
Performance and 0-62 time > Opting for the more expensive S rewards with more potent performance. But even the standard E63 defies its mass with sports car worrying straight-line performance.
Engine and gearbox > The car's defining feature is its twin-turbocharged V8. Some will mourn the loss of the old naturally aspirated unit's tone; others will welcome the added torque of its still angry sounding boosted replacement.
Ride and handling > Somehow AMG's boffins have masked the car's 1800kg kerbweight with responsive steering and good body control.
Prices, specs and rivals > The AMG E63 fights closely with the BMW M5 for class honours, but the big Merc offers a broad range of talents. You can't get the Beemer in estate form, either.
Interior and tech > If the V8's rumble isn't enough, Alcantara and AMG branding remind passengers that this is no ordinary Mercedes.
Design > Subtle details and an overall muscular shape give the E63 - which is closing in on the end of its production life cycle - real road presence.