No, just imagine how difficult it was for buyers of the sedan E63 AMG a couple of years ago: I want rear wheel drive and twist “bagels” — take “basic” 557-horsepower engine. And if you need furious dynamics and 585-horsepower engine in the S — content of the transcendent efficient, but boring all-wheel drive. With the new AMG E63 S 4matic+ the problem of choice is solved radically: it is now “charged” E-class will be exclusively all-wheel drive. Only one “but”.
Prices for the new AMG E63 S is not — they will be announced in mid-January, and the first commodity cars will appear in Europe in March 2017.
And this “but” lies in the design of the new all-wheel drive powertrain. If earlier on all E-classes were left mechanical all-wheel drive system with constant torque distribution between the axles in the ratio of 33 to 67 in favor of the rear wheels (now it is on all modern civil “Eldorado”), the new E63 AMG 4matic+ to connect the front wheels uses a multiplate clutch with electronic control. Yes, something like the xDrive system BMW or Porsche Traction Managment.
But most importantly, this very smart four-wheel drive the new E63 AMG at the request of the driver can turn… in the rear.
This thing is called Drift Mode and it turns on is very simple: “lamb” mode the electronics in Sport mode, Sport+ or Race (if you have the E63 S, as was on our test), the stabilization system is completely disable, select the manual mode of the gearbox, pull the two steering column switch and the question “do you have in your mind and want now to destroy his rear tyre” reply in the affirmative, pulling again for the right lobe. After that gas to the floor and raced!
Stop. It’s not rear-wheel drive. Our “tails” side goes, but too wide. So, once again: a Race mode, ESP off, the mode M transmission, two petals, then right… And nothing. Not working?!
Back in the pits the Portuguese track Algarve, at a large Parking lot which we decided to test the “drift mode” and barely manage to catch the engineer in the jacket of Mercedes-AMG, which was definitely hoping to be gone early today. “Yes, the system is not working, you’re right,’ he says, shooting eyes in search of escape routes. — On all test vehicles this mode is disabled. Force. For security”. And with a meaningful look and disappears in the dusk of the pit.
Well, in the next box we found the pilot of the DTM Jan Seifert that a few hours ago kept us on track (he is behind the wheel of the AMG GT-S, we — the brand new E63 AMG S) and has agreed to show how this thing works on one of the “not journalism” machines. A few seconds of magical manipulation of the push-buttons, selectors and the shift paddles, and the mighty E-class under management of Yana began to issue such pranks that doubts about the honesty of Drift Mode disappeared. Guys, this thing works, and it works great!
But even more impressive attraction is the new E63’s ready to make every red light — I’m talking about the start. If you remember, the previous “charged” E-class with the letter S carried out the exercise of 0-100 km/h in “painfully slow” 3.6 seconds. New “s” model, with a 612-horsepower engine under the hood, the faster it seems to be just two of dozens — it is spent for acceleration of 3.4 seconds. But this is a very important ten. To turn his idea of dynamics, only need to select Sport mode, Sport+ or Race, press into the floor both pedals, and prayerfully let the left. First, followed by the expected jump forward a few meters, and then… And then your stomach suddenly decides to leave the body using the nearest technical hole.
Yeah, yeah, yeah, Nissan GT-R or Porsche 911 Turbo S will do it again half a second faster, and that it is difficult to compete. But here’s the thing: the difference in sensation in the dispersal to “hundred” for three seconds on a machine weighing in at 1600 pounds and the car weighing two tons — both between the descent from the icy hill on carboxylic Bob and the box from under the refrigerator.
The G-spot and the main generator of buzz in the new E63 AMG’s eight-cylinder engine 4.0 with turbines in the collapse of the block. Another variation of the unit used on the AMG C63 and AMG GT — the conventional (“wet”) Carter, a pair of blowers with variable geometry of the impeller, and tightened the stuffing. “Just” E63 AMG produces 585 horsepower and E63 S — 612 horsepower and 850 Nm of torque. On the wheel this whole hurricane comes through a nine-storyed “automatic” AMG Sportshift MCT, the last three letters in the name which means that the traditional torque Converter he replaced the clutch with electronic control. And cravings helps to implement an electronically-wheel drive that can distribute it between the axes is in the range from 50:50 to 0:100 percent.
The chassis is utterly banal. There is no reinforced subframe, tie-stretch marks and other race attributes. E63 AMG content with the same set of irons that civilian vehicles — multi – “pneuma”, adaptive passive dampers and stabilizers. But all this, of course, slightly reconfigured. Just enough not to shake the soul on normal roads and be allowed to stay on the tail of the AMG GT-S with the DTM racer behind the wheel on the track.
E63 AMG and E63 S are not only the output of the motor and acceleration to “hundreds”. “Eski” are active engine mounts, active rear differential (conventional E63 — simple mechanical sameblock), and bigger brakes “in the database”: 390 mm 360 mm. And only the E63 AMG S is the mode of electronics Race, which was so good on the track.
Empty bravado? Bit. E63 AMG S is heavier, it does have some balance issues (heavy face and light food), it’s big and sitting in it half a meter above. But! He is a hundred horsepower more powerful, he has a huge 402-millimeter carbon-ceramic brakes (optional, but we were such), and a well-tuned all-wheel drive. And as if in slow turns and ligaments, Jan Seifert on the scarlet AMG GT-S seemed out of reach, the output and the arcs E63 S overtakes him with passion smelling discount Shopaholic.
“Charged” E-class is very stable in fast turns and devastatingly effective on acceleration. And if in Sport mode+ electronics reinsured openly tugging the mighty “eight” on acceleration and keeping in the character of the sedan safe “failure,” and at the entrance and at the exit, the Race mode with a partially disabled electronic collar E63 S turns in a surprisingly accurate tool for cutting fast circles.
Most importantly, don’t be greedy with entry speeds. Good otterville — efficiency composite brake does not drop even after a few really fast laps — sent a sensitive nose to the apex, waited for a moment until a big car will be on the arc, and slowly but surely went “on the gas”. At this point, all-wheel drive transmission will transmit more torque to the rear wheels and an active rear differential (another privilege version S) thrown thrust on the outer loaded wheel, wineva the car inside.
And most importantly — I can feel it! Never thought I would say this about a five-meter “Mercedes”.
I feel like the wheel is poured by force, when front wheels cling to the sticky asphalt of the race track, and as he gently emptied when they suddenly slip. Feel the rear wheel slightly scrolled in the output, ensuring the same exhilarating effect screwing in a turn, which can sometimes be a pleasant languor in the abdomen. And even how “clean” the wheel in the final phase of the maneuver, when electronics understand that we come directly, and gives the solo rear wheels to maximize acceleration.
Of course, there are machines that will go on the track even faster and more efficiently, but this hefty sedan with a three-beam star on the hood — against all expectations — made me stop in the middle of the race track and in horror to escape in a nearby grove. Instead, it fascinated me so much that I begged the organizers extra five laps for Jan Seifertim. And they that passed in the drizzle, gave me a few more minutes of concentrated pleasure.
But it is time to return from heaven to earth: large sedans like the E63 AMG go to the track as often as Megan Fox is offering to the first person to spend a romantic evening at her Villa. However, on normal roads this cityradio seems close to ideal. In relaxed mode chassis it is, of course, somewhat harsh, and the role of the main villain here is played low profile tires on huge 20-inch wheels. But the suspension still remains energy-intensive and allows you to rush on the bumpy road, one hand picking his phone. The sedan is a stunning cabin with two 12-inch screens, great seats, buckets with a million adjustments and special aura of this AMG-cars, which create the familiar rumble of loud exhaust and crazy elasticity turbo “eight”.
Like any AMG-mobile, you can notably to smoke at the beginning of the serpentine, to cause a roar from a muffler, an avalanche somewhere in the middle, and it’s nice to potriviti closer to the top of the pass, and then just turn off all the “sports button” and pretend that all this wasn’t to you, but someone else. Something abruptly your “civic” appearance sedan. Only very observant people will pay attention to the unusually wide wings of your “civil” sedans, the crackling issue, and the characteristic smell of heated brakes.
I don’t know whether the new BMW M5, which, like, also get all-wheel drive (for the first time in history!), and “drift button”, fun E63 AMG. Not able to guess how many more dozen in the dispersal to “hundred” will be removed by the engineers who design the next generation of the Audi RS6/RS7. Now I can say with certainty only that “charged” E-class is still the same brutal and loud ass — the fastest, the loudest and most impressive car in the entire range of AMG. Actually, nothing from him was not required. m
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Specifications of Mercedes-AMG E63 S
||Petrol V8 with double supercharging
|The working volume
|Max. power, HP/rpm
||612 / 5750-6500
|Max. torque, Nm/rpm
||Independent, four-link with pneumocylinders
||Independent, multilink with pneumocylinders
||Disc ventilated front and rear disc
|Dimensions (LxWxH) mm
|Max. speed km/h
||250 (300 with AMG Drivers Package)
|Fuel consumption (comb.), l/100 km
|Luggage compartment volume, l
|Fuel tank capacity, l
||1955 (c driver)