Meet the car the new BMW M5 needs to defeat.
Right now, the best high-performance full-size luxury sedan you can buy is the new Mercedes-AMG E63 S. Now powered by a smaller, but even more potent engine, a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 with 612 hp, the AMG E63 S has finally become the complete car it never quite managed to be before. You see, for years AMG often times couldn't quite match what was coming out of BMW. Sure, AMG's engines often sounded the best (magnificent describes that rumble best), but the overall packaging wasn't quite up to par with what BMW M was doing.
Chris Harris confirms that's changed now. The Top Gear co-host was given the keys to a new Mercedes-AMG E63 S and, well, he went straight to the track because where else could he go to drive fast without risk of getting a ticket? And yes, its Drift Mode is awesome.
As confirmed by Harris, the car's biggest accomplishment is really its all-wheel drive system. In fact, it doesn't feel like an AWD drive. It only sends the torque to the front wheels when a slip is detected, a technology the Nissan GTR has been doing for years. Only this time it's much more refined. It's an AMG, after all. And yes, pure RWD is possible when the appropriate settings are activated. Of course Harris did manage to find a few nitpicky issues, none of which altered his overall view. And so there it is. The $100 grand Mercedes-AMG E63 S, the benchmark the just revealed all-new BMW M5 must defeat if it wants to be crowned king of this segment.