Other than the “completely new AMG Performance 4Matic+” variable AWD system, which is inherently rear-biased, the W213 E63 also prides itself on something called “Drift Mode.” Where did I hear that before, though? Oh, that’s right! It was the Ford Focus RS, wasn’t it? Be that as it may, you’ll be surprised to find out that Drift Mode is exclusive to the E63 S 4Matic+.
To engage Drift Mode, the driver of the 2018 Mercedes-AMG E63 S 4Matic+ has to do three things: engage Race drive setting, deactivate the ESP, then put the transmission in Manual mode. Do that, and the E63 S 4Matic+ turns into a purely rear-wheel-drive monster. That’s right, 100 percent of the drive sent to the rear axle, nothing to the front, not even when the hind steps out.
In the 2018 Mercedes-AMG E63 S 4Matic+, the force-fed V8 is tuned up to 612 PS (450 kW) and 850 Nm (627 lb-ft) between 2,500 and 4,500 rpm, an output that enables the German interloper to claw its way to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.4 seconds. Let me repeat that: the E63 S 4Matic+ is two-tenths slower than the Lamborghini Huracan. On the upside, it’s two-tenths quicker than the track-bred Mercedes-AMG GT R, a.k.a. the Beast of the Green Hell.
Regardless of variant, the 2018 Mercedes-AMG E63 is matched exclusively with an AMG Speedshift MCT 9-speed transmission. It’s not a conventional automatic like the 9G-Tronic, but an automatic transmission gifted with a multi-clutch pack instead of a torque converter. For more in-depth info and specs on this bad boy with Affalterbach know-how under its belt, check out the release under the adjacent video presentation. Your move, BMW F90 M5.