Mercedes E 63 AMG in the test

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Mercedes E 63 AMG in the test
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N Another star warrior with AMG ID, yet an engine concept. And this time the sequence of digits on the rear is even misleading. Under the sharp-cut front hood of the Mercedes E63 AMG, in contrast to the Mercedes C63 AMG, there is by no means a 6.2 liter naturally aspirated engine, but rather a doubly charged 5.5 liter engine.

Formal imposture in the E-Class

Strictly speaking, the E-Class top model should be just like the SLK under the 55 series, which is actually used there -ID operate. After all, the naturally aspirated V8 installed in the small roadster and the V8 biturbo in the medium-sized sedan are identical twins in terms of their basic design. The number of schnapps, which became famous in the days of the supercharged engines, was still denied to the very stately four-door model with a length of 4.89 meters. Otherwise, in retrospect, someone could have guessed that the flagship of the Mercedes cult model series might “only” offer a ridiculous 422 hp - and not the 525 without and 557 with the AMG Performance Package.

An assumption that it does was to be avoided with the Mercedes E63 AMG. This is why the biturbo V8 with a displacement of exactly 5,461 cubic centimeters, which is coupled to the AMG Speedshift MCT 7-speed sports transmission - the sonorous, cryptic name also describes an automatic with a wet start-up clutch - is a bit thicker than it actually is. In view of its potency, which is expressed not least in the tight 800 Nm of torque that can be accessed at any time between 2,000 and 4,500 tours, the formal imposture is forgiven.

Biturbo V8 makes 557 hp in the Mercedes E63 AMG

The fact is: The strong E actually feels like a veritable 63. This is all the more true as the performance of the eight-end engine, which has an all-aluminum crankcase, four-valve technology with infinitely variable camshaft adjustment, spray-guided direct petrol injection with piezo injectors, air-water charge air cooling and generator management, runs so smoothly that the full load with up to 1 , 3 bar (with AMG Performance Package, otherwise 1.0 bar) blowing exhaust gas turbocharger mounted next to the cylinder banks can hardly be identified as a true source of power. For the almost instantaneous and very linear response of the engine in the Mercedes E63 AMG draw extremely shortMaintained air ducts in the intake tract are responsible.

Mercedes E-Class in 4.4 seconds to 100

When testing the Mercedes E63 AMG with Performance Package on the straight line, this type of conditioning went from zero for 4.4 seconds 100 and 13.1 seconds from zero to 200 km /h well. The elasticity values ​​describing the acceleration capacity within one and the same speed level are also exemplary low (see technical data). The fact that the sprint value in this special case was determined with the launch control, which has multiple clutch technology and therefore does not require a torque converter, is used in all AMG models.

On board the Mercedes E63 AMG, the autopilot used to launch the catapult works absolutely perfectly. The system reduces the starting torque exactly enough so that both slip and traction are optimal. From around 70 km /h - when the worst is over - the 557 horses gathered under the hood are released again completely unbridled on the rear drive wheels. The Mercedes E63 AMG snorts and snorts out of its four rectangular tailpipes so that sound fetishists get water in their eyes. The interior is a bit more insulated than in the smaller series with the letter C in the name or in the significantly more robust sounding super sports car SLS.

There is a choice of seven speed levels

While the four-door model is the brainchild, it does not remain hidden from passers-by and occupants. Unmistakable eight-cylinder sound is also part of the good form at Mercedes AMG in the upper middle class. The switching speed in the Mercedes E63 AMG is decided on the rotary switch on the center console. In addition to the Comfort Efficiency Mode, which generates more moderate fuel consumption values ​​(starting off always takes place in second gear, the engine speeds are deliberately kept low by shifting up a lot early), there are two other automatic gearshift programs to choose from, the Sport and Sport Plus modes. The S- mode is recommended for a brisk pace in everyday life, while the S + mode is recommended for trips to closed-off terrain where the convenience of automated gear changes should not be forgone.

The latter changes the seven available speed levels hardly less needs-based than experienced pilots in the manual driving program. In this case, the gears are engaged using rocker switches on the valance, which has a very wide adjustment range and is therefore perfectly at hand. The start /stop function, which is also on board, is only active in the Controlled Efficiency Mode marked with a C, but can be deactivated at any time using the Eco button on the center console. in theIn contrast to the BMW M5, however, the sleep mode of the biturbo V8 engine in the Mercedes E63 AMG does not have any noticeable influence on the comfort of starting off. The restart is spontaneous and without delay.

Mercedes E63 AMG or BMW M5?

In the driving dynamics test disciplines, as if there were: 18-meter slalom and lap time on the Small course in Hockenheim, the head-to-head race between the powerful Swabian and the PS-Protz from Bavaria gives a more differentiated picture. During its three timed laps with exemplary evenness and a record of 1.14.0 minutes, the Mercedes E63 AMG had to let the 1.12.9-minute fast BMW M5, which was exemplary neutral in the first two turns, but then mutated into an abrupt oversteer, pull on the circuit , the Mercedes takes decisive tenths of a second from the BMW in the 180-meter-long slalom course. At an average speed of 66.7 km /h, the very smooth-driving and comparatively neutral acting Mercedes E63 AMG maneuvers through the 18-meter-wide gates a good deal faster than the BMW M5, which weighs exactly the same at 1,940 kilos.

The reason for this is the stronger steering understeer and the almost seamless oversteer of the Bavarian with deliberately provoked load changes. The bottom line is that the Mercedes E63 AMG, which is smooth all around even in daily use, has an overall more sociable temperament. On the other hand, the thirst of the Mercedes, which consumed 19.1 liter Super Plus in the test medium, despite all the efficiency-increasing measures, was somewhat greater than that of the BMW M5. Contrary to popular clichés, the Bavarian allowed around one liter less to run down his throat over 100 kilometers.

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