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Meet the Mercedes family car that’s way more powerful than a Ferrari

There are very few people on this Earth that think the Mercedes E63 AMG is slow. But that hasn’t stopped the German company catering for the slightly unhinged minority by releasing an even more bonkers Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG S version.

The E63 AMG S is the most powerful E-Class ever to come to the UK. Merc’s 5.5-litre bi-turbo V8 has been fettled to produce an additional 28hp, taking the car’s total output to a frightening 585bhp, while torque is up from 720Nm to 800Nm. For reference, a Ferrari California has access to a ‘mere’ 453hp and 485Nm.

On paper that means the Merc can sprint from 0 to 62mph takes 4.1 seconds in saloon guise and 4.2 seconds in estate form. Admittedly, that’s a mere 0.1 seconds faster than the standard E63 AMG but, the extra torque and power means it should be far more capable of dispatching would-be challengers any time, any where. Top speed remains at an electronically restricted 155mph.

Even though that enhanced V8 promises improved performance, the E63 AMG S saloon still manages to be as economical as the standard E63 AMG estate. Expect 28.5mpg and 232g/km of CO2. The E63 AMG S estate returns a still-respectable 28.3mpg and 234g/km, if you can resist hooning it.

You’ll be able to spot a Mercedes E63 AMG S by the fact it has an S badge on it. That aside, it comes with 19-inch AMG alloys, full LED headlamps, a seven-speed MCT gearbox, an AMG rear axle limited-slip differential lock to help your hoonery and physics-defying brakes with 360mm ventilated discs.

Inside the cars get black nappa leather upholstery, silver seat belts, AMG’s emblem dotted about the interior, LED illuminated door sills and an AMG instrument cluster with yet more unique detailing. Oh, and there’s an electric rear-roller blind in the saloon that’ll stop poor people peering through the back.

The cars will be available from June 2013. Prices on the road start at £83,740 for the saloon and £85,530 for the estate.

Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG S Pictures


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