Do you really need 603 horsepower in a family wagon? Hell yes, you do!
We’re used to having massive horsepower or practicality in modern cars. However, rarely have manufacturers managed the marry the two quite as successfully as the Germans. Take Mercedes, for example. The company offers a wide array of high-performance models, all the way from the taut, hardcore AMG GT R to the ridiculous AMG G 65, a $225,000 V12-powered G-Wagen. Then there’s everything in between. Coupes, sedans, and SUVs – if you’re looking for some performance, odds are Mercedes-AMG has you covered. Even wagons, like the 2018 Mercedes-AMG E 63 S have received the ludicrous horsepower treatment. Here you have a 603 horsepower twin-turbo V8 family bus with five different drive modes, including a rear-wheel drive Drift Mode. Yes, Drift Mode. That ought to impress the principal as you careen into the parking lot at your kid’s school in the morning.
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A $100,000-and-up super wagon
A 4.0-liter biturbo V8 provides an impressive amount of shove through an AMG-tuned nine-speed automatic transmission. The 2018 Mercedes-AMG E 63 S wagon is all-wheel drive as well, unless you specifically make it rear wheel drive through the Drift Mode function. This beefed up family hauler also has four-wheel multilink suspension, AMG sport-tuned air suspension, and high-performance composite brakes. Mind you, those brakes are an $11,000 option on the E 63 S wagon. Taking the performance another step further, AMG also fitted a sports exhaust system and an electronic limited-slip differential.
The 2018 Mercedes-AMG E 63 S wagon is powerful, but it’s not cheap.
Underneath all the go-faster components, it’s still a Mercedes-Benz. To that end, you still get optional sports seats, as well as the infotainment and comfort feature’s we’ve come to expect in a Mercedes. With all those performance bits and pieces, and the fact that it’s a Mercedes, it won’t be cheap, though. That’s because the 2018 Mercedes-AMG E 63 S wagon starts of at $106,000, with the particular model we tested blowing that out of the water at $127,000. With just 300 examples made each year, it will be an exclusive buy. It’s something that is not for the meek, either on the price or performance front. If you do buy one, it will be a car that will impress the neighbors with its Mercedes-ness, and terrify the kids with 600+ horsepower and a 3.4 second 0-60 time.