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2018 Mercedes-AMG E63 S Wagon: the cool styling of Miles Davis and Bob Marley

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Remember that guy in high school who somehow ended up with his grandparents' station wagon? And how he swore up and down that it was "cool". And people were pointing and laughing, or maybe his friends were trying to point out that "wagons just ain't cool, man." There's no way a Chevy Impala or Ford Country Squire wagon, with those plastic real wood grain walnut veneer side panels, would be straight or cool. I mean, you could have Miles Davis driving one with Bob Marley sitting in the passenger seat rolling up dachshund puppy-sized spliffs with Coltrane jamming the megawatt stereo, and even that wouldn't make a wagon cool.

Try as hard as you can to fix it–mags and tires, a noisy exhaust, messing with the engine–Chevy Impala wagons or Ford Country Squires will never be as cool as the JV quarterback's El Camino or the king's Z28 of the ball. . But suppose they were? Suppose someone like, oh, Mercedes-Benz let their skunkworks team at AMG loose on an E-class wagon that a well-to-do Dortmund hausfrau would drive? That would be cool ? Let me put it this way: it would be so cool, you could keep a side of beef in it for a week.

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The 2018 Mercedes-AMG E63 S Wagon is as practical as a wagon can get. Tons of modern connectivity and high-tech products, 35 cubic feet of trunk space in the back, a 40:20:40 split rear seat and a price tag of $106,950 (gasp!). But this thing could take you and the family on a Griswold vacation, so who cares? This thing can haul your butt from zero to 60 mph in 3.4 seconds and max out at 180 mph. The 2018 Mercedes-AMG E63 S Wagon can even lap the Nürburgring in 7:45.19

So bear with me as we put aside all that functionality, connectivity, comfort, convenience and the like to stay under the hood for quite a while, and look with love at this monster of an engine. It's a factory hand-built AMG 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8, with twin-scroll turbos tucked inside the V, known in Mercedes-Benz as "hot inside the V". Said mill develops 603 horsepower and 627 lb-ft. of torque. They say the "AMG V8 sound may not be family friendly", and all I could think of was "maybe in your family".

And the rest of the drivetrain is equally impressive.

Photo: MBUSA.

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The engine is mated to an AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 9-speed transmission, using a wet clutch in place of a torque converter; from there, it's the AMG Performance 4MATIC+ all-wheel-drive system that supplies der Bahn with power through all four tires. The 4MATIC+ system has fully variable torque distribution between the front and rear axles. And, given the digital nannies between your right foot and the pavement, all you have to do is mash the sustain pedal and this thing goes with a capital "G" in all road conditions: dry, wet or snowy. Mercedes-Benz says the transition from rear-wheel drive to all-wheel drive and back is seamless. The distribution between front and rear is controlled by an electromechanically regulated coupling, connecting the permanently driven rear axle variably to the front axle, so that you can switch from a four-wheel drive focused on the traction to pure rear-wheel drive.

< p>Mercedes-Benz declares without an ounce of irony: "It is always possible to drift thanks to a fully variable torque distribution." Mercedes-Benz, the most closed and conservative of automakers, hailing from a country not exactly known for producing the likes of Flavor-Flav, makes a car that can purposely drift. Indeed, a Drift mode awaits you at the touch of (several) buttons.

Photo: MBUSA.

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The ride is governed by an all-new AMG multi-chamber air suspension, configured with continuously variable damping for remarkably high levels of camber stability and steering precision. Air spring stiffness can be adjusted over a wide range to improve comfort and handling, while reducing body roll and pitch. Adaptive damping is available in three selectable modes: Comfort, Sport and Sport+.

The rear differential is an electronically controlled limited-slip system for more bite in curves. You can also choose from five AMG programs: Comfort, Sport, Sport+, RACE and Individual with essential parameters such as engine response, transmission, suspension, steering, stability control and various transmission settings. integral.

You want to stop ? The 2018 Mercedes AMG E63 S Wagon features 15.4-inch ventilated and perforated compound front brake discs, with six-piston fixed calipers. The rear uses 14.2-inch discs and single-piston floating calipers. The AMG carbon-ceramic composite braking system is optional and expensive, but it will stop you enough to tear a retina off. In other words, every penny is worth it.

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So, is the Mercedes-Benz AMG E63 S Wagon cool? You bet it's cool, and no Miles Davis or Bob Marley with dachshund-sized spliffs needed. Plus, the interior looks like the lair of a Bond villain. I will still keep the Coltrane.

Tony Borroz has spent his whole life racing vintage cars and sports cars. He is the author of

Bricks & Bones: The Endearing Legacy and Nitty-Gritty Phenomenon of The Indy 500, available in paperback or Kindle.

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Pictures & Source: MBUSA.


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