2014 MercedesBenz E63 AMG S 4Matic Wagon [w/video] Autoblog

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Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class AMG Estate

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Never dismiss a even on a racing circuit. a rule I confirmed when invited me out to the track for hot laps in its E63 AMG S Wagon .

Mercedes-Benz launched the wagon platform (W212) years ago and treated it to a significant less than a year For the AMG wagon, this year’s new equipment includes full-time all-wheel drive, all-LED Collision Prevention Assist, Assist 2.0 and several interior The new S-Model package for AMG models, replaces the AMG Performance Package, a power increase (+27 and +59 pound feet of torque), differential, 10-spoke alloy red brake calipers, unique Nappa leather, contrasting on the interior, an AMG Performance steering a host of cosmetic enhancements and the S badging on the rear decklid and

Shoehorned under the hood is a twin-turbocharged, 5.5-liter V8 that out an impressive 577 horsepower and a staggering 590 of torque. So owners don’t to purchase expensive rear every few months, Mercedes-Benz all of the AMG wagons with its 4Matic all-wheel-drive system, configured a fixed rear-bias torque of 33-percent front and 67-percent The transmission tasked with the five-place wagon to 60 miles per in less than 3.5 seconds is the seven-speed MCT automatic. Breaking speed law in the land is as simple as the gearbox into Drive, the steering wheel and then the gas pedal into the carpet for than five seconds.

As the independent suspension has been for AMG duty. It features a wider than the standard E350 and a three-mode (Comfort, Sport and Plus) dial in the cockpit damping, throttle, steering and logic. Colossal ventilated and iron brakes, 16 inches in up front, feature six- and calipers tasked with the family hauler to a stop, grip is the responsibility of Continental 5P tires (255/35R19 front and rear).

The updated-for-2014, five-passenger, sport-tuned wagon is nearly twice as twice as fast and twice as as the automaker’s standard E350 Wagon. But that’s just in my book, as it’s easily as fun to drive.

Track Notes

The of Willow race track, in the Southern California high is tight, challenging and paved asphalt that in spots is showing its quarter-century age. a workout for both the car and the driver. moms will likely the wagon in its default C (Controlled mode for daily driving, as it is the aggressive drive program. In I ran the circuit in S+ (Sport Plus), a that increases throttle configures the gearbox for track (full-throttle shifts and rev-matching) and the three-stage ESP’s torque function. Lastly, I set the Adaptive Suspension to Sport Plus for the ride.

Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class AMG Estate

A curb weight of 4,703 means the E63 weighs as much as two 500s. or a Porsche 911 stuffed a quartet of 400-pound, singing wrestlers — the five-passenger is far from dainty. Despite the of physics working against it, the absolutely flies when the is pressed. Full throttle causes lightheadedness and cornering is remarkable for such a large (some publications have .95 Gs on the skidpad). After driving the E63 and E63 Wagon back-to-back on the same I honestly preferred the wagon as it better balanced with the weight over its rear

Those who are concerned that the all-wheel-drive system destroys the driving dynamics of the E63 need not as the rear-biased system still 95-percent of the fun while supplementing it a 50-percent increase in traction. The wins as the tail still kicks out, but annoying (wasted wheelspin) is eliminated as the wheels grab tenaciously to the wagon back on course and it out. Surprisingly, sending to the front wheels also to reduce the E63’s understeer as it is to transfer weight off the steering mid-corner with the throttle. complain about the weight (155 pounds), as it improved the AMG all driving conditions.

Aside from the sticker which won’t dissuade a well-heeled customer, the only big about the wagon is that its twin, rear-facing, third-row seats aren’t offered on the AMG — it seems the upgraded tuning prevented the engineering from including them. No as many of your … will still volunteer to sit on the carpeted load floor and be around like loose (those antics make GoPro footage).

Savvy will note that isn’t the only automaker a high-performance track-ready station Cadillac plays the same with its rear-wheel-drive V8-powered Sport Wagon. Now that I tracked both (I enjoyed the Wagon at Laguna Seca a few ago), I am inclined to state the smaller and lighter Cadillac is agile and nimble in the corners, but the is more adept at putting its down on the exits and more at speed. If forced to choose one the other and money is no object, grab the keys to the costlier in a heartbeat it is roomier, more and it does a better job of hiding its talent from those it.

Scroll down to watch a of our test on the track.

Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class AMG Estate

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