Mercedes-AMG E63 S Wagon debuts in New York to take on Audi RS6 Avant

In the realm of ultra-fast performance wagons, the Audi RS6 Avant reigns king. Despite being a few years old, there’s still nothing faster than it with a long roof. In fact, there are few cars in general that are faster than it, as the RS6 Avant has been embarrassing supercars for years, now, much to the chagrin of many enthusiasts. Hell, Carfection just proved the RS6 Avant can destroy Godzilla, mighty the Nissan GT-R. But what happens when the RS6 Avant isn’t the only fast wagon on the market? The Mercedes-AMG E63 S Wagon happens. The new E63 Wagon debuted at the 2017 NYIAS.

Based on the standard Mercedes-Benz E-Class, the AMG E63 S Wagon is the monster, performance-oriented variant. So it’s packing a twin-turbocharged 4.0 liter V8 that makes 603 hp and 627 lb-ft of torque. Compared to the RS6 Avant Performance, which makes 605 hp and 553 lb-ft of torque, the E63 is a bit more powerful but has a considerably more torque. Both, however, have all-wheel drive, so a drag race between the two would be interesting.

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In person, the new Mercedes-AMG E63 S Wagon looks good. While I’m personally not a huge fan of the new E-Class sedan, in AMG wagon form it looks pretty damn good. It has just the right amount of aggression and subtly. I also think the wagon body style really smooths out the looks of the E-Class.

On the inside, it’s an impressive mix of leather, alcantara and carbon fiber. The cabin is upscale and expensive feeling while also feeling very performance-oriented. While the seats were a bit disappointing when compared to some of the better cars in the class, they were comfortable enough. Although, I’d take Audi’s RS6 seats of the E63’s any day. In fact, aside from the older technology, I think I’d take the RS6 Avant’s cabin over the AMG’s as a whole.

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We can’t wait for some comparison tests between these two monster wagons. The Audi RS6 Avant Performance is getting a bit long in the tooth now, but it can still hang. However, the new bruiser from Mercedes-AMG seems to be something difficult to beat.

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Nico DeMattia

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