All-new E63, now with 604bhp and added drift mode…
1. You won’t mistake it for a puny E220d. A heavily domed bonnet is your chief indicator, along with a completely redesigned front with vertical black struts in the grille and flared front are 17mm wider to accommodate wider rubber and scare small children, while the interior is festooned with Alcantara, carbon fibre and ambient – with 64 colours to choose from.
2. It’s gruntier than an AMG GT R – AMC’s 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8, firing through a nine-speed dual-clutch gearbox, is turned up to 604bhp and 627lb ft of torque in the maximum-attack “S” model, or a more sedate 563bhp and 553lb ft in standard trim. Yep, that 604bhp figure is 27bhp more than the very angry, very green AMG GT-R. It’ll also crush 0-62mph in 3.4 seconds (3.5 in the non S), 0.2 seconds faster than the AMG GT-R. FIGHT!
3. It deploys its power through all four wheels… Don’t look so shocked, the previous-gen E63 was offered with an all-wheel-drive transmission, just not in right-hand-drive markets. And when you peer out of the windows at your soaking-wet, leaf-strewn drive, you’ll be grateful for the extra grip your AMG Performance 4Matic+ system (with fully variable torque between the axles) brings. Besides, if you want to act like a child, you still can.
4. …except when it’s in Drift Mode. Select “Race”, deactivate the ESP completely, switch the gearbox to manual and pull the shift paddles. This engages Drift Mode. Unlike its namesake in the Ford Focus RS, though, which only sends 70 per cent of the torque to the back tyres, it completely decouples the front drive shafts, making the new E63 100 per cent rear-wheel-drive, and primed for the tyre-slaying bad behaviour it’s famous for.
5. A mighty AMG E63 wagon will follow. Fast estates are cooler than their saloon counterparts – look it up, it’s a fact. You can already buy a Merc-AMG E43 4Matic estate, with its 396bhp 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6, but the 604bhp E63 S will take ludicrously powered wagons to a new level – toppling the 597bhp Audi RS6 Performance from its perch. Insert joke about your dog needing to hold on tight, here. We would, but we’ve already used them all.