2021 Mercedes-AMG E63 S facelift review, test drive

Rodolfo Schellin

Mercedes-AMG E63 S: what is it?

The current E63 S super-sedan sits at the very core of AMG’s now large portfolio. A car that can trace its origins all the way back to the groundbreaking, V8-driven W124 Hammer of the mid-80s, this current version gets an all-new nose, modifications to the cabin and a recalibrated suspension process to help maintain it recent.

 AMG ‘Panamericana’ grille is more aggressive and lessens drag. 


On the outside, this car gets the new, wider AMG ‘Panamericana’ grille that lessens drag and wind sounds. There are new, more compact headlights that also help adjust the seem of the nose, and at the rear, it gets flatter tail-lights and a larger sized, more efficient diffuser. New and more aerodynamic alloy wheels are also component of the offer, and they now arrive with a wider rim edge for far better airflow.

New AMG steering wheel characteristics haptic controls.


Inside, the new E63 S gets the latest MBUX infotainment process, a new touchpad on the centre console as a substitute of a rotary dial, and there’s the magnificent new AMG steering wheel with the twin horizontal spokes that characteristics haptic controls . . . .comparable to the a single on the new S-Course. The racy sport-bucket seats have been replaced by more snug types that give lively dynamic help via inflatable bolsters, and the front seats are also ventilated and have a therapeutic massage perform. The new E63 S also gets AMG Dynamic driver aids, which enable the driver to pick out driver ranges ranging from Fundamental all the way as a result of to Master. In addition, the new car also incorporates pleasurable program that makes it possible for you to time yourself on a circuit and you can even carry out your very own ‘virtual’ drag race via Xmas tree lights that pop up on the touchscreen.

four.-litre, twin-turbo V8 motor helps make 612hp and 850Nm.


Key characteristics that remain unchanged include the 612hp, four.-litre, twin-turbo V8 that places out a chest-thumping 850Nm of torque, the 4-wheel-travel process that can mail one hundred per cent of the torque to the rear wheels (4MATIC+). This current car also gets Merc’s a few-chamber air-suspension and the setup has been built a little bit more supple in ‘Comfort’. The rubber suspension bushes are now more absorbent, the hydraulic dampers are less reactive in some modes and the dynamic motor mounts have been retuned as effectively. What is actually also various, and appreciably so, is that the car’s 9-speed computerized gearbox now employs a wet step-off clutch, as a substitute of a torque converter. This is said to be both of those lighter and quicker to respond.

Mercedes-AMG E63 S: what is it like to travel?

First impressions are of a car that obviously feels more supple around bumps. Whilst the previously car transmitted a fair total of the shocks up from the street, this a single rounds off most medium-sized bumps properly, with the suspension even performing more silently. It still thuds as a result of some of the larger sized bumps, there is some total of street sounds and there is a little bit of movement around damaged sections, but all round ride is obviously far better. And this, in our problems, make the E63 S more useable on an each day foundation.  

Air suspension all round features a lot far better ride than its predecessor.


Then there is the flip side, the supercar matching effectiveness. Established in Race method, with the entire high-speed bowl at NATRAX in Indore to enjoy with, the current E63 S swiftly reminds me why it is so revered. Responses from the twin-turbo V8 are, in a phrase, extraordinary. Set your foot down and you just start toward the horizon, the ‘G’ forces pinning you back in your seat. The offended V8 rips as a result of the powerband with that familiar AMG growl and, as I cycle up as a result of the gears, effectiveness feels just relentless.

Speed is also anything the E63 S is snug with. On my initial operate close to the eleven.3km banked oval, I hardly detect 200kph fly-by these is the effectiveness. The E63 S feels as constant as a rock on the banking as the speedo crosses 240, but then, as I climb previous 270kph, I experience some buffeting. Items settle down following a few of seconds, so I get back tough on the fuel. Now, everything feels double speed, and then as we changeover effortlessly off the 2km-very long banking and onto the straight, 290kph arrives up. As I maintain my foot down, I see 311kph on the speedo (a real speed of 300kph), prior to I strike a smooth limiter. Ever speculate why they call these cars super-sedans?  

The E63 S strike 311kph on the speedo (actual speed of 300kph) prior to the smooth limiter kicked in.  


The car feels even quicker on the freeway. Short bursts of flat-out acceleration are all I can manage prior to we strike warp speed and overtaking feels both of those easy and very safe and sound. To pass an individual, all I have to do is determine a gap and squeeze the accelerator . . . .and I am previous in a blur, and the outstanding grip and solid brakes make the transfer back into the lane experience peaceful and simple. And then what retains me grinning, every single time I spot a gap, is the combination of the immediate response and muscular ability supply.  

What also can help is that the current nine-speed gearbox performs fantastically in sync with the motor. It punches even though the gears urgently when you are in a hurry, provides rapid downshifts when you check with for them, and then travel it in a peaceful manner in ‘Comfort’ and it even feels easy and shifts seamlessly amongst gears, some total of hesitation only felt on occasion at small speeds.

This new version of the E63 S, however, isn’t fairly as loud as the previously a single. Of course you have the pops and bangs, and that fruity AMG growl is there way too. Nonetheless, it is a little bit more subdued in contrast to the previously car, and which is down to new, stricter sounds limitations in Europe and new, more restrictive emission command products positioned in the exhaust process.

While AMG assert a -100kph time of three.4sec, we sad to say failed to examination it as start command was not activated on the car. The E63 S desires to be operate in previous 1,500km for some of it to work.

Despit its two,010kg kerb excess weight, the E63 S is fairly agile and handles very effectively.


We also obtained to set the current E63 S as a result of its paces on the tight handling track at NATRAX in Indore. It obviously is a hefty car, at two,010kg (kerb), and you can experience the excess weight of the large motor and 4-wheel-travel components. In spite of this, the E63 S also feels satisfied attacking corners. This is particularly genuine when you pick out Activity+ or Race, exactly where the air suspension tightens up, the 4MATIC+ process makes it possible for for more slip at the rear and steering excess weight and responses are sharpened. It still would not experience as agile as the GT 4-door and is not just gentle on its ft, but it has masses of grip and remains composed even when you hurl it into tight corners and evil switchbacks. And then what leaves a long lasting impact is that it feels unbelievable locked in and snug on for a longer time, more quickly corners, its real forte. Of program, if you want to do some drifts and slides, the S even has a ‘Drift Mode’ exactly where it gets a purely rear-wheel-travel car, with the ESP is switched off. A process that does lend a aiding hand, however, is AMG Dynamics – it features help by letting you to access effectiveness via quite a few ranges these as Fundamental, Superior, Pro and Master. 

Overall performance aside, what is actually attention-grabbing to note is that there is no ‘Eco’ method on this car. What you do get, however, is cylinder deactivation, which quickly runs the motor on just 4 cylinders when there is no load. You can even established a ‘Gliding’ perform in ‘Individual’ settings that decouples the transmission when the car is rolling forward, cutting down gasoline wastage.  

Mercedes-AMG E63 S: what is it like on the inside of?

The AMG is a Mercedes initial, and that suggests you get all the trappings of luxurious. New on this car is the current MBUX process with linked tech and the ‘Hey Mercedes’ voice prompt, you are sat comfortably on big seats with lively bolsters, the seats are cooled, and you can even use the therapeutic massage perform when you are in the temper. What also performs effectively and gels properly with the character of the car is the snug and attractive new AMG steering wheel, exactly where you also get new rotary shortcut knobs and galvanised paddle shifters.

Rear seats offer adequate legroom and excellent ranges of comfort. 


Considering that the E63 S is constructed on the standard-wheelbase E-Course, legroom at the rear is adequate but obviously less than the standard very long-wheelbase car offered here. In addition, the seat is also positioned a little bit decrease. Once you are seated in the back, however, comfort ranges are actually very excellent. The backrest is very supportive and seat cushioning is spot on, and given that the massive panoramic sunroof brightens up the rear, it feels fairly roomy as effectively. Optional extras you can spec your car with include AMG effectiveness seats, a high-end, 3D Burmester seem process and ceramic brakes that resist fade far better.

Mercedes-AMG E63 S: should really you purchase a single? 


When Merc launched the AMG E63 S back in 2018, we had been blow away by its combination of hardcore effectiveness and each day practicality. What AMG has performed with this facelift is get it to the following stage and make it more snug. It now handles our bad roadways with higher ease and feels more snug, it is far better specified and more lavishly outfitted, and then effectiveness has taken a step forward way too. The current gearbox is quicker, AMG’s Dynamic modes enable you much easier access when it arrives to on-limit handling, and then there is the uncooked effectiveness of the twin-turbo V8 coupled with the current 4MATIC+ process. The new car costs roughly Rs twenty lakh more, at Rs 1.70 crore (ex-showroom), and that is a large step as effectively, but what the new E63 S provides is a car with a wider envelope, a single that especially features more comfort and each day usability. And which is just what effectiveness car customers in India will respect. 

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