The Mercedes Benz AMG series are a force to be reckoned with and leading the pack of sports sedans produced is the E63. Hitting the market in 2010 with a baseline price tag of $235,000 it was the most expensive sports sedan in its class. Yet the AMG E63 set the new benchmark in performance, comfort and technology of its time.
The 6.2 litre naturally aspirated V8 engine was the envy of all cars in its class. Pumping out 518 horsepower to the rear wheels, the performance aspect of the vehicle was nothing short of insane, reaching 0-100km/h in 4.5 seconds.
Yet the E63 is not just fast in a straight line. This is thanks to the reworked suspension with springs that can be set to twice the stiffness of the regular E-Class and an entirely new front axle that lets the car sit at 2.2 inches wider. With these adjustments combined with the stiffened ant-roll bar the E63 is very manoeuvrable gripping with every bit of rubber stuck on the 19 inch AMG wheels. The steering ratio is in fact 22% quicker than the standard E-Class and uses a more direct, rather than variable, rack.
The 7-speed speedshift gearbox allows gear changes in the unbelievable time of one hundredth of a second.
Mercedes-Benz AMG didn't hold back with the performance features in the E63 with a Sports & Sports+ setting, as well as Adjustable suspension, Sports ESP, Race Start Settings and the AMG mode (combines all settings to allow for peak performance).
Mercedes-Benz is a leader in technology and the AMG E63 was used as their display car. With systems such as the Distronic Cruise Control, which uses radar systems taken from tanks, which measure the distance to the vehicle in front and matches the speed. As well as innovative technology which includes Lane Assist Sensors, Collisions Sensors, Auto Adjusting Headlights and Keyless Entry. All systems increase the safety and driver comfort in one way or another and when the car was released in 2010 was once again a step above.
The AMG is simply amazing to drive. In comfort mode the car is very calm and relaxing, especially with the massage seats, with inbuilt temperature control and side assists. The display is high definition, simple to use and offers more than enough tools and gadgets. The car also has a 5 star ANCAP safety rating, offers plenty of boot and rear seat space and is an elegant car to use as a family vehicle or for day to day use.
Once the car is switched into the “AMG” mode, it is a whole new beast to be behind the wheel of, setting the car to Sport+ mode, stiffening the suspension, setting the ESP to sport mode and adjusting the brakes to a more sensitive mode. This is where the car comes into its own, with the 518hp pumping through the rear wheels, the acceleration and control of the power is incredible.
Mercedes-Benz AMG hit all the right places when they released the E63 in 2010, by innovating the technology, improving the drive and performance and making the car much more comfortable for the road. It's safe to say they set the new benchmark over previous models and other vehicles in its class. There is a beauty and the beast aspect about the E63 and with slight adjustments to the settings, this family car can turn into a high-end sports sedan. No wonder the Australia is one of the biggest markets for AMG.
Rating: 9 out of 10