Sporting 603 horsepower and 627 pound-feet of torque, the Mercedes-AMG E63 S Wagon is more than just a family hauler.
Wagons may seem to be a dying breed in the U.S., giving way to crossovers and SUVs, but Mercedes-AMG doesn’t have any plans of stepping away from the market. The standard E400 4MATIC Wagon is heading to dealers by March and joining it this fall will be the high-performance AMG E63 S variant. Under the hood is a 4.0-liter biturbo V8 offering plenty of performance while paired to a nine-speed AMG Speedshift MCT sport transmission. The result is a zero-to-60 mph time of 3.4 seconds, while top speed is electronically limited to 180 mph.
Of course, the powertrain is bolstered by the AMG Performance 4MATIC+ all-wheel-drive system, which combines the advantages of various drive configurations. Torque distribution on the front and rear axles are fully variable for the first time to help ensure optimum traction in all road conditions.
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For the first time on an AMG wagon, the E63 S has its hood inset between the fenders and bumpers like on a coupe, giving it a more dynamic appearance. Compared to its predecessor, it’s 1.1 inches wider, allowing the wheel arches to accommodate wider and larger wheels. There is, of course, the practicality it offers with a generous 35 cubic feet of trunk capacity with the second row of seats upright. Like the standard E400, the rear seatback can be folded down in a 40:20:40 split.
Look for the 2018 Mercedes-AMG E63 S Wagon to make its public debut at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, where AutoGuide.com will be reporting live.
“The new AMG E63 Wagon combines our brand’s hallmark driving dynamics with high everyday practicality,” said Mercedes-AMG CEO Tobias Moers. “It is not for nothing that the model has been a permanent fixture in the AMG portfolio for 40 years. The powerful engine and the intelligent all-wheel drive underpin our claim to always be at the forefront of development when it comes to performance.”
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