With its release date expected this fall, the new 2018 Mercedes-AMG E63 S Wagon aims to showcase the extent to which German-inspired engineering can reach. To begin with, the new vehicle comes with a monstrous 4.0L twin-turbocharged V8 engine able to generate a whopping 603 hp and 627 pounds-feet of torque. With this much power produced beneath the hood, this machine gets to 60 mph from naught in just 3.4 seconds.
The American-spec model, the 2018 Mercedes-AMG E63 S wagon, borrows everything great from the bonkers E63 S sedan such as a drift mode, a lap timer app, a locking rear differential, and a race mode.
But the E63 S offers more than just an ecstatic performance, its Mercedes DNA promises creature comforts, elegant cues and premium styling for the interior, and a bespoke, aerodynamic-motivated exterior that showcases creativity at its best.
And while we are still at it, the exterior has received quite some changes. The fenders have increases slightly in size and now provide an even better shelter to the massive wheels. Fenders aside, the front fascia is highlighted by a broad trapezoidal grille, and a black lower splitter section and deep side intakes housed in a flared-out bumper. The result of these changes is an exterior that not has the usual Mercedes gloss and AMG boldness, but also a more high-speed stability thanks to a performance-oriented lift balance.
Important also to note is that the exterior dimensions have now grown by 1.1 inches than before, with a wider track for the front axle, bigger wheels, and flared-out fenders. But enough talk for the exterior for now (continued later in the review), how does the interior compare?
Well, inside you’ll find the usual Mercedes relative simplicity, refinement, and smoothness – all of which are complemented by acre upon acre of premium upholstery, contrast stitching, and soft-touch materials.
But is it practical? Good question! See, the new 2018 Mercedes-AMG E63 will get you up to 64.3 cu. ft. of rear cargo space. Again, its rear seats can also be folded at a 10-degree steeper angle that can allow for additional 1.06 cu. ft. of additional space.
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2018 Mercedes AMG e63 S Review
- engine specs
- interior & exterior changes
- price & release date
2018 Mercedes-AMG E63 S Engine Specs
A told previously, the new model comes with an AMG-tuned twin-turbocharged 4.0L V8 engine. Unlike before, the USA-spec model comes with an AMG-tuned feature that users will appreciate every time the rubber meets the asphalt. This feature makes it sound louder and powerful – a characteristic that was not available for the AMG V-8 wagon before.
As previously told, the engine should be able to make a whopping 603 horsepower and 627 lbs. ft. of torque at maximum boost. The European-spec model produces the same output but unlike the stateside, have the E63 S Wagon 4Matic option. While the 2018 Mercedes-AMG E63 4Matic almost compares to the standard features as those offered on the regular E63 S model, it compares rather ‘dismally’ in terms of output.
According to Mercedes, the AMG E63 4Matic produces 571 hp and 553 lbs. ft. of torque.
The AMG E63 S 0-60 mph should take about 3.4 seconds – enough to leave Ferrari F430 Scuderia, Aston Martin V12 Vantage S, and Porsche 911 Carrera 4S in smoke. Top speed is electronically limited to 180 mph.
But such a high level of power demands a complementing list of driver aids, safety, and convenience features as well. As such, the AMG E63 S Wagon comes with an impressive list of technologies aimed at making cruising at high speeds safe. To begin with, it comes with a semi-automatic traffic jam assist provided as part of the Intelligent Drive system.
There’s also adaptive cruise control, steering pilot, automatic emergency braking, remote parking, Speed Limit Pilot function, and Active Brake Assist.
2018 Mercedes-AMG E63 S Interior Updates & Exterior Changes
According to Mercedes, the new model features some of the industry’s best comfort and convenience, and audio and entertainment features. Starting off this list are power front seats with memory, a dual-zone automatic climate control, and heated front seats. The seats feature a four-way power lumbar support, and intuitive, seat-shaped controls.
As for the climate controls, they come with three levels of warming that do a good job of taking out the chill out of even the coldest day.
Tech-savvy drivers will also appreciate the available 12.3” crisp, high-resolution screen. The purpose of this screen is to provide a seamless display of customizable vehicle settings, and comfort, convenience, navigation and entertainment functions.
Furthermore, there’s also the COMAND system with touchpad controller. This controller is intuitive and easy to use, and it responds to handwriting, swipe and pinch, and finger motions just like a smartphone would.
As for the exterior design, Mercedes has what it calls “Sensual purity” of design. This means that this tenth-gen model gets a new shape that allows it be stronger, sleeker, and roomier inside. With classic proportions and an additional 2.6” in wheelbase, the new 2018 Mercedes-AMG E63 S delivers an elegant, sporty stance.
It separates itself from the rest of the AMG E43 models out there through an exclusive diamond-block texture. Inside this block texturing are beautiful elements that have been designed to optimize both airflow and aesthetics. Its background is Gloss Black and is finished in chrome.
Price & Release Date
According to Mercedes, the new 2018 Mercedes-AMG E63 S price starts from $105,000 for the wagon – the USA-spec model, and $102,000 for the European-spec sedan model. The same sources say it should go for sale sometime this fall.
On pricing and feature alone, the AMG E63 S will find itself in a collision path with the likes of Audi RS6 Avant Performance, and Porsche Cayenne Turbo. Others may include BMW M5 Touring, and Volvo V90 Polestar T8.
In conclusion, terming the wagon and its sedan counterpart lovable vehicles would be an understatement granted how well their abilities on the track and for daily driving are. Nonetheless this impressive beast doesn’t come cheap. For a cost of six figures you’d better start saving every nickel or start playing lots of lotto to realize it.