Mercedes-Benz have added two ultra-desirable new E class models for local buyers to fawn over, the first of which is the most powerful E-Class of all time – the Mercedes-AMG E 63 S 4MATIC+.
Under the bonnet of this German megasaloon resides a 4.0-litre V8 with twin turbochargers and direct injection that churns out a delectable 450 kW at 5750–6500 r/min and a whopping 850 Nm at 2500–4500 r/min. This ensures that the E 63 S 4MATIC+ sprints from 0 to 100 km/h in a mere 3.4 seconds on to an electronically limited top speed of 250 km/h/.
According to Mercedes-Benz, the vehicle’s AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT (Multi Clutch Technology) nine-speed sports transmission is combined with a wet start-off clutch for the first time, to enable more agile response times.
Another highlight is the completely new AMG Performance 4MATIC+ all-wheel drive system, which combines the advantages of various drive configurations. Torque distribution on the front and rear axles, which is fully variable for the first time, ensures optimum traction right up to the physical limit in all road conditions.
Mercedes me connect
As with all Mercedes-Benz passenger cars, the E 63 S 4MATIC+ comes standard with the latest Mercedes me connect package of innovative services, products and lifestyle offers.
Mercedes me connect includes access to your vehicle via smartphone. The personalised homepage covers individual topics relevant to the customer, whether entertainment, travel or lifestyle.
Registering with Mercedes me connect gives customers access to exclusive life-enhancing offers including the class-leading Mercedes-Benz PremiumDrive maintenance plan.
Connected to the car via internet
The Remote Online (free to use for the first three years) allows drivers to connect to their vehicle from anywhere and at any time via “mercedes.me“ to retrieve vehicle data and remotely activate various vehicle functions. With the new Mercedes me app, this also works with iOS and Android.
The standard Remote Online services include:
Parked Vehicle Locator – allows the vehicle position to be determined, for example, if the vehicle was parked in an unfamiliar city. This makes it possible to conveniently find the vehicle within a range of 1.5 kilometres with the help of a smartphone.
Vehicle Tracker – enables the latest position of a moving vehicle to be pinpointed via GPS. The driver has a display in the vehicle and can deactivate the service at any time with a toll-free call to the Customer Assistance Centre.
Geofencing – shows where the vehicle is in an area previously defined on the map and informs the owner if the car leaves or enters this area. Like the Vehicle Tracker.
Remote door locking and unlocking – allows opening or closing the vehicle doors remotely, for example, if the driver forgets to lock the vehicle. Remote Retrieval of Vehicle Status – vehicle data such as fuel level, range and more can be accessed from home or while on the road.
A stipulation in the terms and conditions when purchasing a new Mercedes-Benz passenger car is that customers need to register for Mercedes me connect to activate the class-leading PremiumDrive six years or 100,000 km maintenance contract, a value-add at no additional cost.
The price of admission to the adrenaline and tech fest that is the Mercedes-AMG E 63 S 4MATIC+ is R1 868 400.
The ‘more affordable’, more accessible flavour of the E class AMG
In addition to the to the Mercedes-AMG E 63 S 4MATIC+, Mercedes-Benz has also launched its Mercedes-AMG E 43 4MATIC in South Africa. Powering the performance vehicle is a 2996 cc V6 biturbo that produces 295 kW at 6100 r/min and 520 Nm at 2500-5000 r/min. This is enough to rocket the sportscar to 100 km/h from standstill in just 4.6 sec on to an electronically limited top end of 250 km/h.
The Mercedes-AMG E 43 4MATIC also sports the 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission and 4MATIC four-wheel drive that features rear-biased torque distribution with a front/rear axle split of 31 to 69 percent.
A stipulation in the terms and conditions when purchasing a new Mercedes-Benz passenger car is that customers need to register for Mercedes me connect to activate the class-leading PremiumDrive 6-years or 100,000 km maintenance contract, a value-add at no additional cost.
Opting for the Mercedes-AMG E 43 4MATIC will not hit your pocket as hard as the more manic Mercedes-AMG E 63 S 4MATIC+, since the recommended retail price of it is a mere R1,165,800.
In other motoring related news, Subaru recently launched the fifth generation, all-new Impreza sedan in South Africa.