It also gets the same “drift mode” as its sedan cousin.
Mercedes has just laid down the latest piece of evidence we need to confirm that auto shows are indeed becoming irrelevant to anyone but bespoke automakers that need them to attract public attention. That’s because, following Ford’s choice to unveil the new Mustang outside of the Detroit Auto Show, Mercedes-AMG has unveiled the E63 Estate and E63 S Estate despite the fact that the Geneva Auto Show is just three weeks away.
The two hot rod wagons have taken the hardware that makes the sedan versions of the E63 AMG and E63 S AMG so special and brought it to the E-Class Estate family to enable us enthusiasts to continue our love affair with performance wagons. Just as it sounds, the initial transformation begins with taking the gorgeous E-Class Estate and transplanting its engine with Mercedes’ proven 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8, enabling the E63 to make 571 horsepower and 553 lb-ft of torque while the E63 S can produce 612 horsepower and 626 lb-ft of torque. Power is then sent to all four wheels via a nine-speed multi-clutch transmission, with the ultimate dictator of which tires get the most power being a variable torque distribution system.
The 41 horsepower gap between the two models makes for a tenth of a second difference in 0-62 mph times, with the lesser of the two making the run in 3.6 seconds and the AMG E63 S hitting the same speed in 3.5 seconds. Both wagons still top out at 155 mph on the Autobahn unless optioned with the AMG Driver’s package, in which case the speedometer only relents at 180 mph. For those on the fence about the credibility of the E63 S over its lesser brother, consider the fact that the more powerful wagon comes with the same Drift Mode that the AMG E63 S sedan has that enables the front wheels to be cut off from the engine's power supply, allowing 100% of the horsepower reserve to go to the rear for enjoyment by chronic tire abusers.
The S also features an electronic limited-slip differential on the rear axle over the standard model’s mechanical unit. The three chamber air suspension is a work of art, offering three separate settings to best suit comfort or sporting needs, although any attempts to loosen the wagon can trigger the system to automatically stiffen and add control. Dynamic engine mounts also help the wagon’s dual nature by allowing for a softer vibration-damping setting when comfort is needed and a harsh orientation when track dynamics are in demand. All of this, including a speed-sensitive steering system, can be controlled by the vehicle’s AMG Dynamic Select drive mode selector, which includes modes for Comfort, Sport, Sport Plus, and Individual.
S models will get Race programs installed as well. To keep the pretty wagon from wrecking at speed, large high performance brakes come standard while carbon ceramics remain an option for those who are serious about track days (or just want more bragging rights). As with any AMG, bragging is a must, so Mercedes’ in-house tuner made sure to rework the exterior extensively. The hood is set between the wings and the bumper while wheel arches are 27 mm wider than on the standard Estate to accommodate for larger tires and a wider track. A wide front apron is intended to invoke images of a jet’s wing, and though we don’t quite see it, the beefed up cooling hardware certainly helps the front end look more menacing.
Twin chrome-plated tail pipes exude a sound unique to the Estate while the upgraded front, new side sill panels, and a rear diffuser help the wagon play nice with the wind. The interior storage space, as with the AMG Estate as a whole, is a perfect argument against an SUV given its 22 cubic feet of storage space with the seats up and 64 cubic feet with them down. Commuting should be a breeze as well with Mercedes adding its latest volley of technological driver aids, including Drive Pilot, to the Estate. For those Americans moping about how the performance wagon genre has died in North America, dry those tears because we have every reason to expect that Mercedes will sell the AMG alongside the E-Class Estate available in the US.
Be sure to place an order early for a chance to get ahold of the Edition 1 version, which gets matte black 20 inch 7-twin-spoke wheels to compliment the AMG Night Package, grey stripes above the side sills, designo selenite grey mango paint, or the optional designo night black mango color. Inside, the Edition 1 sees black nappa leather with yellow stitching cloaked over the AMG performance seats, complimenting yellow highlights strewn throughout the cabin as well as the carbon fiber trim elements. Start forming a line at the dealership starting in June of 2017 if you hope to get one of your own and be on the lookout for a preview of the wagon at the upcoming and not so useless Geneva auto show this March.