603-Horsepower Mercedes-AMG E63 S is a Drift Mode Missile

2018 mercedes-AM e63 s

Once again, Mercedes-Benz is wowing us with a performance car we’d happily take for a spin about the block and then some.

It’s the new 2018 Mercedes-AMG E63 sedan which will make its public debut at the LA Auto Show next month. There are two models. A base and a top-of-the-line E63 S. The latter is a 603-horse powerhouse that comes standard with a drift mode.

Outside, it’s everything you expect an AMG performance car to be with lower air intakes, a wider body and more trim pieces. The E63 also has an inset hood. Meaning the front doesn’t come in contact with the headlights. Inside the cabin features more carbon fiber.

2018 mercedes-AM e63 s

2018 mercedes-AM e63 s


A 4.0L V8 biturbo engine generates up to 603-horsepower and 627 pound-feet of torque in the E63 S. This makes it the most powerful in the E-Class lineup ever. It’s zero to 60 time is 3.3 seconds with a top speed electronically limited to 186 mph. The AMG SPEEDSHIFT nine-speed sport transmission is combined with a wet start-off clutch for the first time, enabling more agile response times to be achieved.

Now to the part some die-hard fans were worried about. Mercedes has a new AMG Performance 4MATIC+ all-wheel drive system. It basically ditches a rear-wheel drive in favor of distribution between the front and rear axles. However, not to worry. Rear-wheel drive is actually still available in Drift Mode.

The 2018 Mercedes-AMG E63 arrives at dealers next summer.

Photo Credit: Mercedes-Benz
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