Reaching 62mph in just 3.5sec, the new AMG E 63 Estate is 0.2sec faster than the Audi RS6 Avant; E 63 S is £90,490

The new Mercedes-AMG E 63 Estate is the world's quickest wagon, hitting 0-62mph in 3.5sec in range-topping S 4Matic+ guise, and costs from £81,130. 

It is 0.1sec slower than its saloon equivalent, while the fastest Audi RS6 Avant can cover the 0-62mph sprint in 3.7sec.

Making its global debut at the Geneva motor show, the E 63 Estate will be sold in two versions: the E 63 4Matic+ Estate and the E 63 S 4Matic+ Estate, are expected to cost £81,130 and £90,490 respectively. An Edition 1, based on the E 63 S, costs £108,780, and adds 20in wheels, the AMG Night package, AMG sports seats and carbonfibre trim. Options across the range include a £1000 AMG performance exhaust, a carbonfibre package for £3,370 and, for S and Edition 1 cars, £6,995 AMG high-performance ceramic brakes.

Using the same twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 engine as the saloon, the standard E 63 4Matic+ has 563bhp and 552lb ft of torque. The most popular model, however, is expected to be the range-topping E 63 S 4Matic+, which has added turbocharger boost pressure and other power-enhancing tweaks, allowing it to produce 603bhp and 626lb ft.

The engine also has a cylinder deactivation system fitted as standard that helps to improve efficiency, claims Mercedes-AMG. In city driving, four cylinders are deactivated between 1000 and 3250rpm when the engine is switched to Comfort mode.

Similarly to other recent AMG models including the E 63 saloon, the driver can pick from four driving modes: Comfort, Sport, Sport Plus and Individual. The S 4Matic+ version also comes with a fifth driving mode, Race, which is designed especially for driving on circuits.

The E 63 Estate gets a nine-speed Speedshift MCT automatic gearbox, featuring a so-called wet start-off clutch and steering wheel-mounted shift paddles. Further driveline developments include a mechanical differential lock for the E63 4Matic+ and faster-acting electronic differential lock on the E 63 S 4Matic+.
Both models will be available only with AMG's Performance 4Matic+ four-wheel drive system, which offers fully variable distribution of drive between the front and rear wheels for the first time.
 The E 63 4Matic+ Estate hits 0-62mph in 3.6sec, while the S 4Matic+ achieves the sprint in 3.5sec. 


Despite having four-wheel drive, AMG offers a so-called Drift mode on the S 4Matic+. Activated by shift paddles, it prompts the four-wheel drive system to deliver drive exclusively to the rear wheels, remaining engaged until the driver deactivates it.

Echoing the E 63 saloon, the model’s styling is intended to set it further apart from regular E-Class Estate models than previous generations. It is also 27mm wider, with the wheel arches accommodating the greater track width and larger wheels on the front axle.


As the most practical E 63, the estate version offers boot capacity of 640 to 1820 litres, which Mercedes claims is the largest in the performance estate segment. Indeed, the Audi RS6 Avant offers less space with 565 to 1680 litres. The E 63's rear seat has a new feature: it can be positioned at a 10-degree steeper angle to create an extra 30 litres of boot volume. The seats can also be folded down electronically in a 40:20:40 split.

From launch, the S 4Matic+ will be available only as an 'Edition 1' special model. This has grey or black paintwork, AMG’s Night Package and light grey strips above the side sill panels. It also gets 20in wheels painted in matt black with gloss rims.


AMG boss Tobias Moers said: “The new AMG E 63 Estate combines our brand’s hallmark driving dynamics with high everyday practicality. It is not for nothing that the model has been a permanent fixture in the AMG portfolio for 40 years. The powerful engine and the intelligent all-wheel drive underpin our claim to always be at the forefront of development when it comes to performance.”

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1 February 2017
She says the power increase of the S is due to increased boost preasure and 'other power enhancing tweaks'. I have not heard of these. What are they? Has someone told her what they are? Or has she made it up? Where is the journalism?

2 February 2017
eseaton wrote:

She says the power increase of the S is due to increased boost preasure and 'other power enhancing tweaks'. I have not heard of these. What are they? Has someone told her what they are? Or has she made it up? Where is the journalism?

I see nothing wrong with her article. Without sampling it first hand, there's really nothing much she can add on and it's pretty normal to grab info from press kit. That's the purpose of the press kit isn't it?

And once again, the car being just announced and without talking to Merc-AMG execs I really wouldn't expect her to know what are the 'power enhancing tweaks' that Merc-AMG applied to squeeze out additional power from the engine in S guise.

So why not give her a break and wait for the official review of this car?

1 February 2017
The last piece of decent journalism I read in Autocar was the melancholic road trip up the Fosse Way in an end-of-era Discovery 4. It reminded me of what the magazine used to stand for.

This is not journalism. It is a patronising re-hash of a press release and a brochure, and completely devoid of comment or opinion. It required no interest in, or knowledge of, the subject.

Apart from the fact that it is an estate, this car is in all other respects identical to the saloon, which we already know about. So why spend a whole article telling us what we already know?

Somebody seriously needs to get a grip of Autocar.

2 February 2017
eseaton wrote:

The last piece of decent journalism I read in Autocar was the melancholic road trip up the Fosse Way in an end-of-era Discovery 4. It reminded me of what the magazine used to stand for.

This is not journalism. It is a patronising re-hash of a press release and a brochure, and completely devoid of comment or opinion. It required no interest in, or knowledge of, the subject.

Apart from the fact that it is an estate, this car is in all other respects identical to the saloon, which we already know about. So why spend a whole article telling us what we already know?

Somebody seriously needs to get a grip of Autocar.

There's no pretence it's anything other than jazzed-up press release and reads better than a specification sheet.

Comparing it to a road trip article is pointless and irrelevant!

 

Hydrogen cars just went POP

2 February 2017
Yes Please. In regards to other comments about Autocar, I only really use this website as a one stop shop to get press info - I then go to other websites/youtube channels for some more detailed analysis!!

 

 

 

2 February 2017
That's the time it's going to take the dog in the boot to piss himself dizzy. Moderation Mercedes what is the hurry.

2 February 2017
Also an indication of shoddy journalism is the quoting of the manufacturers 0-60 time without any objective evidence from a proper instrumented test,which seems to be a thing of the past in Autocar.Put them all head to head and lets see who is fastest.It is much roomier than an RS6, no doubt about that.

Madmac

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