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Mercedes-AMG E63 review – design

Big supersaloons nowadays are no more subtle than actual supercars; the current black-packed and 20-inch wheel-shod UK specification is a prime example of this

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  • Incredible acceleration and pace, a strong engine, and really involving handling
  • E63 S ride is firm, expensive rear tyres won’t last long if you use Drift Mode

While an E63 S might lack the drama of an Audi RS6, its design is certainly more nuanced and substantial than it appears. Like BMW does with the M5, the E63’s body-in-white is shared with lesser E-class models, but fits bespoke panels forward of the A-pillar.

The main difference is the E63’s adoption of a nose cone-style front bumper, with the bonnet shut line sitting behind the front grille, rather than forming its leading edge as on normal E-class models. This is enhanced by the wider front arches and a domed bonnet, both of which are bespoke to the E63. The effect isn’t immediately recognisable, but put an E63 next to a standard E-class and the differences are certainly visible.

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If you’re after a subtle E63 S it might be tricky, as AMG’s removal of silver wheels, brushed alloy brightwork or a smaller wheel and tyre package make it an aggressive car no matter the colour and specification in 2020.

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