Sleepers are interesting vehicles. They look and feel like regular vehicles, at least to passers-by. However, the one driving them around knows what they feel like. They get a feeling as if they are piloting a ballistic missile that can wreak havoc at a moment’s notice and at their will. The best part about sleepers is that they do not attract attention like sports cars but are almost as quick. In some cases, like the 2018 BMW M5, they can seat more than two adults in comfort and take them on a cross-country trip for a multi-day holiday. In this light, talking about the 2018 Mercedes-AMG E 63 S 4Matic+ sedan makes perfect sense. The fact that it is now on sale in India for a price of Rs 1.50 crore (ex-showroom, of course) should interest enthusiasts and prospective buyers alike.
|Specifications||Mercedes-AMG E 63 S 4Matic+|
|Price||Rs 1.50 crore (ex-showroom)|
|Engine||DOHC, 32-valve, direct-injected, twin-turbocharged, 4.0-litre V8, petrol|
|Transmission||AMG nine-speed Speedshift automatic with all-wheel drive|
|Front Suspension||Double wishbone with self-levelling air springs|
|Rear Suspension||Multi-link with self-levelling air springs|
|Front Brake||390mm discs with six-piston calipers; optional AMG carbon composite 402mm discs with six-piston calipers|
|Rear Brake||360mm discs with single piston calipers; optional AMG carbon composite 360mm discs with four-piston calipers|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||N/A|
What’s new about the 2018 Mercedes-AMG E 63 S 4Matic+?
Before coming to the vehicle of discussion comes a little info. There is a more ‘sedate’ version of this car on sale internationally. That car is called Mercedes-AMG E 63. The E 63 S is the top trim of the car. Internationally, the car is available in wagon form as well, but all India gets is the top-of-the-line sedan (something’s better than nothing). Externally, a few bits separate it from the standard E-Class sedan. The front bumper is different with twin-slat air intakes and a chrome front splitter. Its hood creases give it a muscular feel. The grille is a single slat unit (chrome-outlined at that) and has a big three-point star in the middle (and AMG lettering on the left side of the slat). On the sides, the car gets V8 BITURBO 4MATIC+ badges, 20-inch wheels, and side sills with chrome inserts. The rear features two exhaust pipes on either side, three difuser fins, and a chrome unibrow on the trunk lid.
Inside, the Mercedes-AMG E 63 S 4Matic+ sports seats with AMG badges in the backrests. Also not to be missed is the flat-bottomed AMG performance three-spoke steering wheel with a stripe at 12 o’ clock mark. The car gets a black interior colour scheme with contrast stitching in grey. The head restraints of front seats in the Mercedes-AMG E 63 S 4Matic+ sport embossed AMG crests. Two 12.3-inch displays highlight the interior of this car as do the AMG-specific analogue clock and grey-coloured seat belts. The Mercedes-AMG E 63 S 4Matic+ features a direct-injected 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 that makes a mad 612HP power and 850Nm torque. This car has a nine-speed AMG Speedshift automatic gearbox. This makes the car go from 0-100kmph in just 3.4 seconds (quickest in Mercedes-AMG lineup, including the AMG GT R). The car’s top speed has been capped at 250kmph and it can be increased up to 300kmph with the optional AMG Driver’s package.
Helping the gearbox send power to all four wheels is the AMG performance 4Matic+ all-wheel drive system. This system is complemented by an electronically-controlled LSD on the rear axle and allows the car to go sideways with Drift mode. Normally, the all-wheel drive system variably distributes torque at both axles (with no strong bias at either end). Activating the Drift mode makes the car a purely rear-wheel driven vehicle. The engine gets cylinder deactivation feature, AMG Dynamic Select drive programs (with Race mode), launch control, and dynamic engine mounts. The car gets adaptive air suspension with air springs on all four ends along with Comfort, Sport, and Sport+ modes. The suspension is of self-leveling type and can be raised for higher ground clearance. Additionally, it lowers the car at high speeds automatically to reduce drag.
The car gets AMG composite brakes with 390mm discs up front (with six-piston calipers) and 360mm discs at the rear (with single piston calipers). Optionally, the car can be fitted with carbon composite brakes with 402mm discs up front (with six-piston calipers) and 360mm discs (with four-piston calipers) at front and rear, respectively. The car rides on 20-inch 5-twin-spoke alloy wheels finished in matte titanium grey. Among the customization options offered with the Mercedes-AMG E 63 S 4Matic+ are AMG performance seats, power-closing front and rear doors, Exterior Carbon Fibre Packages, Burmester surround sound system, reclining rear seats with memory and chauffeur package, and more.
Is the 2018 Mercedes E 63 S 4Matic+ worth consideration?
Enough cannot be said about this car. However, to keep the answer short and sweet, this car is worth buying. A sleeper car is always the best car to own. It can carry its occupants in comfort and when needed, can turn into a total hooligan. What makes the Mercedes-AMG E 63 S 4Matic+ worth consideration is that it is capable of all these feats, but it will likely be the most comfortable of all its rivals (comfort is what Mercedes does best).
When one wishes to end the fun and just drive this car sedately, it will happily comply. As a bonus of buying this car, one gets perhaps the best-sounding V8 cars that money can buy today. Lastly, this car is quicker than the maniacal AMG GT R, which is no mean feat. One gets to sacrifice so little to gain that much performance. If one has the money to spare, this is the car to buy. Period.
2018 Mercedes-AMG E 63 S 4Matic+ India – Synopsis
- Priced at Rs 1.5 crore (ex-showroom)
- Top-of-the-line variant in the E 63 sedan lineup
- Sports a direct-injected twin-turbo 4.0-litre V8 making 612HP power and 850Nm torque
- Engine features cylinder deactivation and dynamic engine mounts
- Gets a nine-speed AMG Speedshift automatic gearbox with all-wheel drive
- Drift mode helps the car become a rear-wheel-drive-only vehicle
- Gets self-levelling air springs that can be raised; they lower automatically at high speed to reduce drag
- Quicker than the wicked AMG GT R in hitting 100kmph from standstill
- Top speed limited to 250kmph, can be raised to 300kmph with AMG Driver’s package
- 390mm discs (with six-piston calipers) up front and 360mm discs (with single piston calipers) at the rear for braking
- Optional AMG carbon composite brakes feature 402mm discs (with six-piston calipers) up front and 360mm discs (with four-piston calipers) at the rear
- Rides on 20-inch 5 twin-spoke wheels finished in matte titanium grey
- Optional equipment include power-closing front and rear doors, Burmester surround sound system, Exterior Carbon Fibre Packages, AMG performance seats, and more
- Few exterior bits like different bumpers, twin exhausts, and single slat grille help differentiate it from the regular E-Class sedan
- Single-tone black leather interior highlighted by grey contrast stitching
- Sports two 12.3-inch displays in the cabin, one for driver instruments and the other for infotainment duties