If you look at the E63 as a practical five-seat saloon or vast estate car, then it is not a cheap car to run. Think of it as a rapid, viciously accelerating missile of a car, which it is, then it’s amazingly cost-effective.
Officially, the big AMG on the new WLTP cycle is rated at 23.2mpg on a combined cycle. That’s a big drop from the 31mpg it was rated at under the previous NEDC cycle, making it clear how well-suited small-capacity turbocharged engines such as this were designed to be at flouting the testing cycle. The estate, which is 105kg heavier, is even less economical at 22.8mpg.
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While on the subject of Drift Mode, if you’re going to partake in the sort of sideways shenanigans it encourages, you’re going to wear out the rear tyres rather quickly. A pair of 20-inch, 295-section, 30-profile Michelin Pilot 4 S tyres for the back wheels will set you back around £540. The 265/35 20 fronts are cheaper, around £488 a pair, but it’s unlikely you’ll need those quite as frequently