Story: Michael Crenshaw
Wagons get a bad rap. Sure, they’ve sometimes—in the past and now—looked as if a blind dog designed the external elements; some were soft and some have that flair to them. Some, however, are straight murderous, like the 2012 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG Wagon. Not only will this 186 mph wagon destroy most anything in a straight line, it will also coddle your backside with massaging seats, or let you speak at the touch of a button for directions, phone or any number of commands. This E63 Wagon will have you rethinking whether you’ll be a wagoner or not.
Granted, this ain’t no cheap kit, since the E63 bases at just over $91K, but don’t think this is a bare-bones boredom mobile. Not even close. With a hand-built twin-turbo V8 producing massive amounts of horsepower and torque, the motor—and the accompanying sound—alone would be well worth the price, though that’s just the tip of the iceberg. With a rearview camera, panorama sunroof, adaptive sports suspension and Alcantara suede throughout, and with one of the best steering wheels (AMG specific) complementing the driving experience, it’s easy to see why this may be the best bargain new-school German muscle car.
If you were looking to spend some serious loot on something with a ton of space that can literally haul the family around, you’d be hard-pressed to find something comparable. Sure the Panamera sounds nice, but if you’re looking to get into something that will compete with the E63 Wagon, the base Panamera ain’t gonna cut it, and at $186K for the Turbo S, you could equip the AMG with aftermarket wheels and still have plenty of cash to spare.
Where you’re really going to drop some serious dough is when you start making checks on that option list. With carbon brakes (think the Rolex of stopping power) at $12,625, 19-inch AMG wheels for $1,790, AMG exterior carbon package for $3,125 and the AMG Performance Package for a nice round $6,550, you’re looking at almost 40 Gs in accessories.
In the end, to wagon or not to wagon, that is the question—and the answer is a resounding yes.
Power: 550hp, 590 lb.-ft.
0-60: 3.8 secs.
Gas Cash: 15 city, 23 hwy
Miles Driven: 830
Interior: All standard Mercedes fare: Leather everywhere and carbon accent trim keep it modern, with the supplest headrests in the automotive world. Seriously, now we understand why Mercedes has the drowsiness monitor—they’re almost too comfortable.
Exterior: Subtle inlets here, quad-quadrilateral exhaust tips out back—
that spit the most sensational exhaust note this side of a ’60s muscle car—and a brawny masculine stance that makes no reservations about what this wagon can accomplish.
Floss Factor: The AMG Performance Package adds 32hp, bumps up the torque by 74 lb.-ft. and also raises the top speed to 186 mph. Good luck with tickets!
Flaw Factor: If there was one quip (that was made by rear passengers), it was that the rear sunshades were manually operated and, at this price, definitely should be automatically adjustable.