Mercedes-AMG E63 – Nobody really needs an estate car with 603bhp that can do 0-62mph in 3.5sec, do they? Happily, Mercedes-AMG has built one anyway, and if it’s anything like the new E63 saloon it’s based on, that’s reason to celebrate.
The E63 wagon, or the Mercedes-AMG E63 4Matic+ Estate to give it its full gobstopping title, uses the same 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 as the E63 saloon, with cylinder deactivation tech to save fuel and cut emissions when you’re not in a hurry.
Like the E63 saloon, the estate drives all four wheels to give it a fighting chance of deploying all that power without tying itself in knots. The rear wheels are permanently driven, while an electronically controlled coupling brings the fronts into play when called for.
Both the base E63 Estate and the more expensive, more lavishly engineered S version use the same engine and nine-speed automatic gearbox, but with a big difference in power output.
Base Mercedes-AMG E63 Estate:
Mercedes-AMG E63 S Estate
Top speed of both models is limited to the usual 155mph as standard, although speccing the optional AMG Driver’s package lifts it to 180mph. In an estate!
Other upgrades the S enjoys over the boggo E63 include:
An extra ‘Race’ mode for the powertrain, steering, stability control and suspension (both versions are fitted with air suspension and adaptive dampers as standard)
Dynamic engine mounts
What about the being an estate car bit? How much flatpack can it pack?
See our regular E-class Estate review for details, but in short, quite a bit.
The rear seat backs can be tilted 10 degrees steeper to free up another 30 litres of boot volume, or folded down entirely in a 40:20:40 split via remote electric switches.
Seats up there’s an echoic 640 litres of bootspace, and 1820 litres with them down – more than 5-series, V90 and A6 Avant.
We’ll see the new Mercedes-AMG E63 Estate for the first time at the 2017 Geneva motor show in March, before it goes on sale in April 2017. First deliveries are scheduled to start from June.
Expect a premium of a couple of thousand pounds for the estate over the E63 saloon’s £78,385 starting point (and £87,745 for the S).
2017 Mercedes AMG’s flagship GT sports car has been given a variety of updates across the range for 2017. 2017 Mercedes AMG GT revealed at the 2017 Detroit motor show, the refreshed GT range now includes a new AMG GT C Coupe variant, as well as upgrades to the pre-existing GT and GT S versions.
In a nutshell, the 2017 Mercedes AMG GT updates include:
Mercedes clearly thinks so. The recently introduced open-top Roadster variant had a power increase, and now the coupe models get the same upgrade. All cars use the same 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 as before.
The entry-level 2017 Mercedes AMG GT gets a 14bhp increase to 469bhp, and a 22lb ft increase in torque to 465lb ft. The 2017 Mercedes AMG GTS in turn has a 12bhp jump to 515bhp, and a 15lb ft torque hike to 494lb ft.
Much like the newly introduced 2017 Mercedes AMG GT C Roadster, the AMG GT C coupe joins the range between the GT S and the monstrous GT R range-topper.
The 2017 Mercedes AMG GT C mixes and matches the AMG GT parts bin to great effect, with the same wider rear track and swollen wheel arches as the 577bhp GT R, and rear-wheel steering as standard. It also adopts the same electronically controlled limited-slip differential and adaptive dampers as the GT S.
2017 Mercedes AMG GT C performance headlines:
The GT C launches initially in an ‘Edition 50’ limited run to mark half a century of AMG, with a choice of matt grey or matt white paintwork and gloss black exterior trim.
Rear wheel steering, as seen on the GT C and GT R, is now an option in the AMG GT S. Electric actuators replace the usual lower rear suspension links, twisting the rear wheels by up to 1.5 degrees to effectively shorten the wheelbase below 62mph, and lengthen it at higher speeds.
All GTs now get the same ‘active air management airpanel’ system as the GT R, with motorised vent covers in the front bumper which open when needed for cooling, and otherwise close to divert air to the underbody and improve drag. The oil cooler has been repositioned at the front wheelarches as part of the same cooling setup.