but a combination of strong ceramic brakes, technology such as stability control and raw engine power helped me come back on to the track just as fast. The car did feel heavy—I love the C63 AMG for its agility—but that is something Mercedes seems to have addressed with the new E63 since I remember the outgoing model bobbing around a bit more. Having an instructor reminding of the finer points of track driving was also a big help (see box). Honestly, I felt that the E63 feels at home on the track, somehow on the road it would be out of place.
The new E63, which comes just after the launch of the new E-Class, debuts AMG’s new design lines, which includes a twin-blade radiator grille in silver chrome and a new, three-dimensional air deflector that spans the entire width of the front apron, presenting the stylised ‘A’. In fact, the E63 is a hallmark of the AMG line. On the side air intakes, black flips help air flow into the cooling modules, while at the bottom a front splitter painted in the car’s exterior colour helps reduce lift.
At R1.29 crore, almost thrice the price of the E200, is the E63 AMG a good buy? That’s not really the right question. Such ‘super cars’ cannot be justified in terms of financial sense, they are purely an emotional decision. The AMG range of cars also come with hand-built engines—so every engine has a plate signed off by the guy at Affalterbach, Germany, who worked on it.
The E63 is more a jack of all trades, it will definitely keep you ahead on the highway, but what it does extra is help you arrive at your next board meeting in comfort, and also not compromising on the space inside when you want to drop your kids to school in the morning. You just got to have deep pockets, and the time to take this car for its regular dose of exercise at the track. Or you could buy this just to look good and stand tall over the sea of ‘regular’ E-Class models with