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Mercedes-AMG leads the space race with quickest estate car yet

William Scholes
04 May, 2017 20:00

ESTATE cars don't come more powerful than the new Mercedes-AMG E63.

Upping the ante in the ongoing arms race between the German manufacturers, the E63 now has even more power at its disposal than the rival RS6 from Audi.

The Audi pumps out 552bhp in 'standard' form and 597bhp in its 'quattro performance' guise; Mercedes kicks sand in the RS6's face with the regular E63's 563bhp and the S version's 604bhp.

The E-Class's 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 also bests the Audi's torque, with 553lb.ft and the S version's 627lb.ft compared to the RS6's 516lb.ft and the quattro performance's 553lb.ft.

Like the RS6, the E63 has four-wheel-drive to help it deploy all that prodigious power to the road.

Prices start at £81,130 for an E63 and at £90,490 for an E63 S. A special launch edition, loaded with tasty options, starts at an eye-watering £108,780.

That hefty price tag buys you a large car with epic performance: the E63 covers the 0-62mph sprint in 3.6 seconds, with the E63 S recording an even quicker 3.5 seconds.

Top speed is limited to 155mph, unless you tick the option which lifts the electronic limit to 186mph.

As well as the extra power, one of the attractions of the S version is its drift mode, which essentially deactivates the four-wheel-drive system and turns the E63 into a rear-drive car.

Options include ceramic brakes for £6,995 and a sports exhaust for £1,000. Carbon fibre trim costs £3,370.

But however you specify your hyper-performance estate, the E63 sports an enormous boot capacity of 1,820 litres if you drop the seats and 640 litres with the rear bench in place.

04 May, 2017 20:00 Motors

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