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2019 Mercedes-AMG E63 S Sedan: Awakening the sleeper

It doesn't look much different than a standard E-Class, but this dark horse is hiding a brutal 600-plus horsepower engine and BMW M5-fighter performance.

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Looking for uncompromising performance that also plays close to the vest? Look no further than the 2019 Mercedes-AMG E63 S sedan.

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This high-performance uber-sedan looks remarkably similar to the rest of the E-Class lineup.

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However, it's hiding a 4.0-liter biturbo V8 engine beneath its more-muscular hood.

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That means 603 horsepower and 627 pound-feet of torque make their way to the 4Matic+ all-wheel-drive system via a nine-speed automatic gearbox.

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The E63 S also features a hidden Drift Mode that locks the 4Matic system into a rear-drive configuration for sweet powerslides.

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The suspension, wheels, tires and brakes have also been beefed up to match the performance of the engine room.

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But this is no muscle meathead; the E63 S is available with the full complement of Benz's driver aid and safety technologies, including car-to-X communication for a bit of future-proof connectivity.

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What surprised me most was how sedate, quiet and comfortable the E63 S could be when toggled into its Comfort mode. It's like two cars in one.

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The E63 S is a modern day "Q car," or sleeper, hiding its high level of performance behind conservative style that flies under the radar (and the radar detectors).

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Check out our full, rated review of the 2019 Mercedes-AMG E63 S for even more details and videos, and keep swiping for more photos of this brutal beauty.

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