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Road Test: Mercedes AMG E63 S (2017)

Fun ride with Jekyll and Hyde

By Nick Francis Published

saloon | AMG E63 S

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NICO ROSBERG stunned F1 by announcing his retirement last week.

But if the world champion, below, misses the thrill of driving his Mercedes he should snap up the bonkers AMG E63.

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Featuring a monster V8 engine and serious performance credentials

The E63 has always been a Jekyll and Hyde car – typically featuring a monster V8 engine and serious performance credentials, but with the ability to transform into a comfortable, long-distance saloon at the press of a button.

Key facts: MERCEDES AMG E63 S

Price: £83,000 (estimate)

Engine: 4-l twin turbo V8

Economy: 32.1mpg

0-62mph: 3.4 seconds

Top speed: 155mph

Length: 4.993 metres

Turning circle: 12.5 metres

CO2: 199-207g/km

Merc’s latest version is the best example of this to date. The 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 develops a stonking 603bhp in the most powerful “S” variant, yet switches off a bank of four cylinders when at cruising speeds, which means the overall CO2 figure hovers around the 200g/km mark.

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The 0-62mph dash is over in just 3.4 seconds and has a top speed of 155mph – yet it boasts the latest semi-autonomous driving tech, plush leather seats, a near-silent motorway drive, lots of legroom and a cavernous boot.

The angry beast can be unleashed at the flick of a switch

Thankfully, the angry beast can be unleashed at the flick of a switch. Rolling the Dynamic Select rocker into “Race” mode unleashes the full fury of the V8, firming up the ride and sharpening the throttle response. However, all UK variants will come as standard with the 4Matic+ all-wheel-drive system. This distributes torque to all four wheels, ensuring maximum grip and impressive cornering abilities.

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But before you mourn a lack of burnouts and epic skids, Mercedes has added a “Drift Mode” function.

It’s fast, loud and ludicrously fun on a race circuit, yet it will happily double up as a daily drive.

But if Nico fancies one, he’d better be quick so he can still use his staff discount.

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