'Drift Mode' is Heading to the Mercedes-AMG E63

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

The new Mercedes-AMG E63 will come standard with 4MATIC four-wheel drive, but that doesn’t mean that added traction all the time.

Scheduled to bow at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show early next year, the Mercedes-AMG E63 will have a fully variable drivetrain setup that is capable of sending 100 percent of its power to the rear wheels. “It is four-wheel drive and we’re going to have a Drift Mode,” company chairman Tobias Moers told Autocar. The Drift Mode will provide added torque to the rearward bias of the drive to create a slide, similar to the system found in the new Ford Focus RS.

The combination of the German automaker’s 4MATIC system and Drift Mode will help make the E63’s handling better than ever, Moers claims. He went on to say that the new sedan will be capable of lapping the Nurburgring in under 7:50.

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In terms of performance, Moers hinted that at least one variant of the E63 will push above 600 horsepower, which was leaked previously. Under the hood will be a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine, replacing the larger 5.5-liter twin-turbo V8 currently used.

[Source: Autocar]

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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at AutoGuide.com saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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