This is what happens when you take a luxury car and throw in one of the most powerful engines around – you get a car that pampers you in comfort and yet can cater to your every whim. The Mercedes E63 AMG has just been launched, priced at Rs. 1.29 crore and fitted with Mercedes’ flagship 5.5 litre V8 bi-turbo engine.
It’s this burbling eight-cylinder bi-turbo engine tuned by AMG that makes all the difference. It puts out a stonking 557 bhp at 5500 rpm and 720 Nm of torque at 1750–5250 rpm. That torque figure is what’s responsible for the 0-100 kmph time of just 4.2 seconds and that’s good for a luxury sedan – it’s almost in sports car territory. To put it in perspective, the regular 2-litre petrol engine on the E-Class does it in 7.9 seconds. Also read: Mercedes launches E-Class at Rs.41.50 lakh
There are a few subtle external changes that make the E63 AMG stand out. In front, for instance, you have Mercedes large three-pointer star that adorns a new grille with larger air intakes. The bumper design too is different with additional cooling vents and an airdam to keep the car on the road. At the rear the four-rectangular chrome-plated AMG exhaust pipes go to show that this car means business. And there’s a V8 Bi-turbo badge on the side, along with the AMG badge on the rear. The car is brought into India as a CBU, hence the high sticker price. Read: Mercedes ML350 CDI road test
The interiors are typically luxurious E-Class, done up in black leather with a panoramic sunroof. The subtle difference is in the transmission. It’s back in the centre (not the steering column). Next to the shifter are a host of buttons for the suspension settings, traction control and the drive modes – comfort, sport, sport plus and manual – each of which alters the cars driving dynamics to suit the conditions you are in. And for the launch – it was the Buddh International Circuit, allowing for a couple of quick laps on the track to get a feel of the car. Also see: Audi S6 driving experience on Buddh International Circuit
The instrument panel also gives away what’s under the hood with the AMG badging and the speedometer calibrated all the way to 320 kmph. Overall, this is a car that will cater to the enthusiast, who also wants a typical luxury sedan for weekday use and to take to the track on the weekend.
Stay tuned for a full drive report of this car!