Fast wagons are cool. There is no denying it. Doesn’t matter who makes ’em. Avant, Estate, Station wagon, doesn’t matter what you call ’em, either. They are the best. Audi RS4, RS6, the BMW M5, hell, even a V8 Supertaxi Holden Sportwagon is a nice bit of kit. The desirability of stupidly quick estates can be traced back to the awesome Audi RS2.
This E 63 AMG, then, raises the bar once more, taking the Soccer Mum Grand Prix right up to BMW and Audi. You either get it, or you don’t. The E 63 AMG Estate has something extra that the saloon is missing. It’s more than the obvious storage capacity, too. There’s just something so right about a practical car like this that has the herbs to dent the massive egos getting about in those two door coupÃ© things.
When you’re in an Estate that has 525bhp and can sprint to 100km/h in 4.6 seconds it is just much more satisfactory than having to prove the same thing in a “sports car”. A real shame, then, that we won’t be seeing this AMG hyper-Estate in Australia. Well, unless you can convince Mercedes-Benz Australia otherwise.
The European press release is all yours after the jump. And more pictures, of course!
The new Mercedes-Benz E 63 AMG Estate: High-performance estate with outstanding data
Pole position for the new E 63 AMG Estate: the high-performance estate develops 386 kW/525 hp, accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.6 seconds, offers a maximum luggage compartment capacity of 1950 litres â€“ all with a relatively low fuel consumption of 12.8 litres per 100 km (combined, provisional figures). With these dream figures, the new E 63 AMG Estate adds up to an extraordinary combination of driving dynamics, high utility value and superb efficiency.
The top-of-the-line E-Class not only features its own distinctive styling but also the all-new AMG RIDE CONTROL sports suspension including an electronically controlled damping system and a new front axle. A ceramic composite high-performance braking system is available for the first time for the E 63 AMG Estate. The unrivalled combination of groundbreaking driver assistance systems raises the bar in terms of active and passive safety in this vehicle class.
Largest luggage compartment and lowest fuel consumption â€“ the E 63 AMGEstate sets new standards. With a luggage compartment capacity of 695 to 1950 litres and fuel consumption of 12.8 litres of Super Plus per 100 kilometres (NEDC combined), the new high-performance estate from AMG occupies pole position. None of its rivals can match this extraordinary combination of per-formance, utility value and efficiency. The AMG 6.3-litre V8 engine with its 386 kW/525 hp develops 8 kW/11 hp more than the previous model, yet betters its fuel consumption figures by almost twelve percent.
This improvement has been achieved thanks to a whole raft of efficiency-enhancing measures. The on-demand delivery of fuel and generator management with recuperation of braking energy on the overrun has helped reduce fuel consumption, as has the AMGSPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed sports transmission: a wet start-up clutch that runs in an oil bath replaces the conventional torque converter, while the even more fuel-efficient driving mode “Controlled Efficiency” utilises early upshifts to keep engine speeds as low as possible.
Driving dynamics and ride comfort â€“ the E 63 AMG Estate delivers on both counts
The new E 63 AMG Estate delivers a compelling proposition with its two fundamentally opposed traits: it offers the sedate driving experience of an executive estate suitable for long journeys just as consummately as it delivers outstandingly dynamic performance on the racetrack. The AMG high-revving, naturally aspirated engine with a displacement of 6208 cc and 630 Nm of torque impresses with its agile responsiveness, muscular power delivery and great flexibility. The E 63 AMG Estate reaches 100 km/h in just 4.6 seconds and has a top speed of 250 km/h (electronically limited). The newly composed V8 sound is a thrilling accompaniment for mile after mile, while the smooth-running engine guarantees typical Mercedes ride comfort. A newly designed water cooling system ensures maximum endurance even under enormous stresses.
Key data at a glance
- Mercedes-Benz E 63 AMG Estate*
- Cylinder arrangement: V8
- Valves per cylinder: 4
- Displacement: 6208 cc
- Bore x stroke: 102.2 x 94.6 mm
- Output: 386 kW/525 hp at 6800 rpm
- Max. torque: 630 Nm at 5200 rpm
- Fuel consumption: 12.8 l/100 km (NEDC combined)
- CO2 emissions: 299 g/km
- Acceleration 0-100 km/h: 4.6 s
- Top speed: 250 km/h**
* provisional figures; ** electronically limited
The AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed sports transmission is able to meet the most disparate driver requirements: the transmission is equipped with four drive modes: “C” (Controlled Efficiency), “S” (Sport), “S+” (Sport plus) and “M” (Manual), which can be selected using a rotary electronic switch in the AMG DRIVE UNIT. In the even more fuel-efficient Controlled Efficiency drive mode, the transmission shifts the gears particularly smoothly, and the transmission control unit is programmed to perform early upshifts to keep engine speeds as low as possible.
In Sport plus and Manual modes, the 7-speed sports transmission allows gearshifts to be performed in 100 milliseconds. Partial suppression of individual cylinders by interrupting ignition and injection briefly during gearshifts under full load leads to considerably faster shift times. Fast, spontaneous multiple downshifts ensure first-class agility in conjunction with the double-declutching function and the RACE START function: this enables the E 63 AMG driver to call on the maximum acceleration potential automatically.
Like the engine and power transmission, the newly developed AMG RIDE CONTROL sports suspension offers the ultimate in individuality. Outstanding driving dynamics and typical Mercedes long-distance comfort go together as an optimum synthesis in the E 63 AMGEstate. While new steel spring struts are used on the front axle, the rear suspension features AMG-specific air springs. The advantage of this solution is that the front steel springs ensure more sensitive responses while the rear air struts with their automatic level control system keep the vehicle at a constant height irrespective of the load.
A new, electronically controlled damping system automatically varies the damping characteristics according to the driving situation, reducing the roll angle of the body. The result is instant modification to provide the best possible ride comfort together with the greatest possible agility. In addition, the driver is able to choose between the three suspension modes of Comfort, Sport and Sport plus at the touch of a button. The E 63 AMGEstate is also equipped with a newly developed, dedicated front axle with a 45-millimetre wider track, a tubular stabiliser, new control arms, new elastokinematics and new hub carriers for more negative camber â€“ thereby providing more grip when taking bends at speed. This is a highly sophisticated axle design whose principle has already proved its worth in the C 63 AMGEstate. The rear axle likewise has more negative camber, optimised elastokinematics and a new subframe mounting for greater stability at the physical limits.
Newly developed power steering and individual 3-stage ESPÂ®
A more direct steering feel comes courtesy of the all-new speed-sensitive rack-and-pinion steering. The steering ratio of 14 : 1 is 22 percent more direct than in the standard production models, while a more rigid steering column plus the reconfigured characteristic mapping of the speed-sensitive servo assistance ensure better steering precision and improved road contact.
The 3-stage ESPÂ® familiar from the SL 63 AMG and C 63 AMG enables individual settings to be selected â€“ with clear benefits in terms of driving pleasure. The ESPÂ® button in the AMG DRIVE UNIT allows the driver to choose between “ESP ON”, “ESP SPORT” and “ESP OFF” â€“ with the currently active mode shown in the central display of the instrument cluster. Perfect deceleration even when driving extremely briskly is ensured by the AMG high-performance braking system with 360-millimetre, internally ventilated and perforated brake discs all-round. Particularly resistant, motorsports-tested composite technology is used at the front axle. The newly developed, optional ceramic composite high-performance brakes with larger brake discs guarantee even better brake performance and a longer service life. As well as performing reliably at even higher operating temperatures thanks to their greater hardness, the ceramic brake discs offer a weight saving of some 40 percent. The reduced unsprung masses translate into even more agile handling, particularly on fast motorway bends.
Optimum grip is ensured by the 18-inch, titanium grey, high-sheen AMG five-spoke light-alloy wheels with respective front and rear widths of 9 and 9.5 inches and tyre sizes of 255/40 R 18 at the front and 285/35 R 18 at the rear. Lightweight, forged 19-inch AMG light-alloy wheels with size 255/35 R 19 tyres at the front and 285/30 R 19 at the rear are also available as an option.
AMG bodystyling and wider front wings
The newly developed front axle with its wider track calls for wings that are 17 mm wider. The “6.3 AMG” lettering integrated stylishly into the wings leaves the connoisseur in no doubt about the unique credentials of the high-performance estate. The AMG bodystyling also includes a front apron with large cooling air intakes, air outlets at the side and the AMG-specific LED daytime driving lights. In conjunction with the optional Intelligent Light System (ILS), the E 63 AMG Estate is equipped with tinted main headlamps. The side skirts and the rear apron with its black insert also guarantee the car’s striking looks. Both styling features combine effortlessly with the graceful line that follows the rear wheel arches and lends a clear shape to the imposing, muscular contours of the rear wings. The standard specification includes ultra-fast LED tail lights and direction indicators. To create a lasting impression â€“ on the eye and the ear â€“ the sports exhaust system has two newly designed, chrome-plated twin tailpipes.
Luggage compartment with the largest capacity and great practicality
Thanks to the wheelbase that has been enlarged by 20 millimetres, the E 63 AMG Estate not only offers better ride comfort but also more space and luggage compartment capacity than the previous model. With its capacity of 695 to 1950 litres, the luggage compartment is not only larger than before but also leaves the competition standing when it comes to the essential luggage compartment dimensions and capacity. This highly practical concept paves the way for numerous options for transporting sports equipment, holiday luggage or furniture.
Standard equipment for the E 63 AMG Estate includes the main components of the EASY-PACKsystem such as the folding load compartment floor with two loading levels and collapsible crate, the load compartment cover, the quickfold function to fold down the 1/3:2/3-split rear backrest easily and the EASY-PACK tailgate, which can be opened and closed electrically.
Interior with sporty feel-good atmosphere
The newly designed interior of the high-performance estate is an exciting blend of high-grade materials and functional sportiness. Exclusive features include the dedicated, electrically adjustable sports seats with improved lateral support and the sports steering wheel in a four-spoke design with aluminium shift paddles. The AMG DRIVE UNIT is used to adjust the MCT sports transmission, the 3-stage ESPÂ®, the suspension set-up and the AMGdrive modes. The E-SELECT selector lever in the centre console is a completely new feature for the DRIVE UNIT. The driver can shift directly between R, N and D simply by nudging the lever, all thanks to drive-by-wire; the parking lock P can be selected conveniently by pressing a button. Standard equipment also includes high-grade leather upholstery in three different colours, the AMG instrument cluster with an AMG main menu and AMG RACETIMER as well as the door sill panels with AMG lettering and a sports pedal cluster â€“ both in brushed stainless steel.
Optional extras from the AMG Performance Studio are also available ex factory:
- Lightweight, forged 19-inch AMGlight-alloy wheels with size 255/35 R 19 tyres at the front and 285/30 R 19 at the rear
- AMG ceramic composite high-performance braking system
- Brake callipers, painted red
- Rear axle locking differential with 40 percent locking action
- AMGPerformance steering wheel in a three-spoke design with AlcantaraÂ® inserts in the grip areas
- AMG carbon-fibre trim elements
- Illuminated AMGdoor sill panels
- AMG Driver’s Package (top speed increased to 280 km/h, attendance at driver training at the AMG Driving Academy)
- AMG floor mats
Other optional extras include:
- AMG Exclusive package: nappa leather for seat upholstery, top section of the dashboard, beltline, armrests on the doors as well as the centre console and door centre panels. Roof liner with sun visors and A, B, C and D-pillars in AlcantaraÂ®, AMG floor mats
- COMAND APS
- designo range: eleven colours, including three new matt finishes, as well as nine leather upholstery options and a choice of three types of trim element
- EASY-PACK load securing rails to secure the cargo incl. EASY-PACK load sill guard
- Driving Assistance package
- KEYLESS-GO package
- Media interface
- Reversing camera for PARKTRONIC
- Surround sound system
Active and passive safety at a new level
Just like the E 63 AMG Saloon, the new AMG Estate meets the very highest expectations with respect to active and passive safety. Standard features include the new drowsiness detection system ATTENTION ASSIST, the unique anticipatory occupant protection system PRE-SAFEÂ®, seven airbags and crash-responsive NECK-PRO head restraints. On request the safety features can be brought to a level unprecedented in this vehicle class with the Lane Keeping Assist and Blind Spot Assist systems, the PRE-SAFEÂ® Brake with an automatic emergency braking function, Adaptive Highbeam Assist, Night View Assist and Speed Limit Assist.
The new E 63 AMG Estate will have its market launch in February 2010; the sales price is 108,409 EUR (incl. 19 % VAT).