BEST of the BEST 2014 | Wheels | SUVs & Wagons: Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG S

  • Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG S
  • 2014 E63 AMG S-Model Wagon
  • Joe Richardson

Keeping up with the fast pace of family life...

How did a wagon earn top honors in a field that includes the best new SUVs? None of the other vehicles offers a better combination of all-weather practicality, schlepping capacity, power, and exclusivity. Regarding exclusivity, Mercedes-Benz built more examples of the SLS AMG supercar in 2013 than the speed wagon. Ubiquitous it is not.

The E63 AMG S wagon was updated for the 2014 model year, becoming one of the first models in the AMG range (along with its sedan counterpart) to be equipped with Mercedes-Benz’s 4Matic all-wheel drive. The system sends power to the front and rear tires at a fixed 33/67 (front/rear) split. AMG engineers also widened the front track, adding 1.9 inches to improve the vehicle’s stability at high cornering speeds, and they sharpened the turning ratio of the speed-sensitive, electromechanical steering.

The E63 AMG S wagon looks similar to the comparatively mild-mannered E350 wagon, but it is equipped with AMG’s 5.5-liter biturbo V-8, which, by generating 577 hp, produces nearly twice as much horsepower as the E350’s V-6. The engine catapults the wagon from a standstill to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds and enables it to reach an electronically limited top speed of 186 mph.

The wagon’s interior is handsomely appointed with topstitched napa-leather upholstery and a faux-suede headliner. Carbon-fiber trim is among the options. The starting price is about $102,000.  

Mercedes-Benz, www.mbusa.com


View all Best of the Best FREE PREVIEWS >>

 

From Around the Web...
Faraday Future Dragon Racing competes in Formula E.
The premier publishing brand brings added voltage to the hard-charging electric-vehicle race team…
A Woodill Wildfire from the 1954 film Johnny Dark with Tony Curtis.
From McQueen’s racer in Le Mans to Presley’s Corvette in Clambake, these machines made movie magic…
The Chevrolet Camaro 1LE performance package makes the legendary muscle car more agile on the...
Range Rover SVAutobiography Dynamic
Shorter than the SVAutobiography, the new SUV handles better and is just as refined…
Copyright and courtesy of Gooding & Company. Photo by Mathieu Heurtault.
Two Aston Martin coupes and a roadster from Lancia are among the favorites to fall under the hammer…
Cadillac takes the top two spots; the Porsche 911 RSR and Mercedes-AMG GT3 earn podium places…
The exhibition space’s lavish clubhouse stands where Carroll Shelby’s personal apartment had been…
See the contemporary car that McKeel Hagerty believes will soon become a seven-figure collectible…
Cadillacs place first and second in Prototype class, while eight Huracáns compete in the GTD class…
Aston Martin, Renault, and Jaguar are among the many marques presenting prototypes…