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The Mercedes AMG E63 S adds AWD to an awesome rideDoes all-wheel-drive make an AMG better or does it ruin the experience?
[SOUND] [MUSIC] What comes with a full liter V8, turbo charges, and three letters on the back that make grownups go all wibbly? How's about the new Mercedes AMG E63? That sounds about right. Mercedes launched the E class early in 2016, and it is a truly brilliant car. Very clever, very competent ace but this is the one I've been waiting for. The AMG. The one that brings that fast car game to BMW and Audi. The new car comes in two states of [UNKNOWN], E 63 and E 63 s The former gets 563 break horsepower and 552 pound foot while this one the S gets a tweaked version of the same engine and produces 604 break horse power and 626 pound foot. They also both come with all wheel drive which means the full name of these things is the Mercedes AMG E63 or E63 S Four matic plus, which is very long. Now you may be worried that all wheel drive in an amg may kill some of that frantic magic that you used to get, but don't worry, because the guys at amg have added a motor Just for you drift mode. Now you have to press a certain amount of buttons in the right order but what it does is it sends all of the power to the rear wheels and turns the traction control completely off so you can where safe get the **** out. All wheel drive is all about finding the best way to get a car across the road. Plugging up to 604 horses through only the rear wheels could make things a little unruly when you try to launch it off the line. The E 63S, because of its grippy four driven wheel, will hit 62 miles an hour from rest in just 3.4 seconds. Making it the quickest AMG has ever produced. The E63S top speed is 165 miles an hour but if you throw money at the problem and expect the driver's package it could do 186 miles an hour which is Brisk, it's quite fast but if you're worried that the four liters V8 with turbo chargers and a very high top speed will kill MPG, well don't be. Because when you're cruising on the motorway it will shut off four of its eight cylinders so you can keep MPG High and fuel bills low. And also, if you're going in between, say 37ish and 100, it'll deconnect the clutch and the gearbox from the engine, and coast the car. That's clever stuff. Both the standard E63 and E63S come with a 9 speed automatic gear box which is remarkably smooth and very pleasant. Now the E63, the base one, if you can call it base gets a regular mechanical differential but the S Gets a faster acting electric one. And both cars get the latest version of Mercedes' Magic Body Control ride to keep it nice and level in the corners. Cosmetically, the E63 doesn't look too much like its more pedestrian siblings. I mean, they're clearly related, but one is good at science while the other is good at sports and gets all the girls. And because Omega man has a wider tread, it gets sled wheel arches, and also a new grill, a bonnet with bulges, bumper, and fenders. And sporty wings spout exhaust, et cetera. It's a bit of a beast. Now because of what I can only assume is [UNKNOWN] on AMG's part, the equivalent cars from BMW and Audi, right now at least, aren't as powerful and As the E63S. So the question is, is this as good a steer? Let's start with one of the irritating things first. One negative about this that really surprised me is on the motorway just driving along to the first place we're gonna shoot. And there was so much tire noise and wind noise, which It seems a bit odd. Maybe it's the fact this has got massive alloys and very thin tires. Perhaps it's that, but there a load of tire roar, and it was quite off-putting. Cuz say you get into a new 5 series It silences you like. And then there's the entertainment side of things. Now the fact this has got two 12 and a [UNKNOWN] inch massive screens displaying a wealth of information is fantastic. But controlling either of them isn't the easiest thing in the world. So you've got Mercedes COMAND system with only one m. Which is a bit stupid. Now the wheel side of things that works fine I'm used to that but there's this kind of touch pad in the center console here. Which I find really fiddly and really tricky to use. But what this thing is all about is going immensely quickly. So if we break this down the steering It feels great, but a little bit springy, and then a touch vague on turning. But as you go and as you power out, it starts to feel a little bit better. I think that's a side effect of having all four wheels driven. Whereas in the old cars, it was very pure, and you got great feedback from it, here, the front wheels have a Another job to do, they've got to provide power to the roads. So it's a bit of a trade of. By no means is it terrible, it's just not so sharp as it probably could be. Now the brake The E63S gets bigger brakes than the standard E63, carbon on and off as well. Now the pedal you get a great seatback and great impact field you can modulate. And you can really get a feel for what the car's up to. Then there's the power. More than 600 horse power, north of 620 pound foot good god this four litre turbo charged V8 is so quick. There's very little perceptible turbo Like there's very, very little if any at all. This thing is absolutely savage. Put your foot down and you're pinned into the back of your seat. It accelerates so hard and so fast it's insane. And it's brilliant. [NOISE] I do love me an AMG because they are generally frantic, needlessly overpowered, and, well, fantastic fun. And they make a good noise. I was a little worried about the all-wheel drive thing. But really it just makes it a more capable car that more people can access. And if you want a slice of that old AMG magic, you can have it. Essentially, AMG has moved on with the times just a little bit to make something truly awesome. [MUSIC]