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The Audi S6 was launched in India a few weeks back and now Mercedes Benz has responded with the E63 AMG sportscar. The E63 AMG is a high performance car that comes in a sedan styling, and is priced at 1.29 crore rupees, ex-showroom Delhi. The car mixes luxury and performance as it is a typical Mercedes Benz. On the interiors, Mercedes Benz’s AMG tuning division has given it the Carbon package. So, you get AMG badges, sporty steering, center console, instrument console and seats.
Under the bonnet of this rather subtle-looking, yet extremely powerful four-door sedan is an AMG-tuned, 5,461cc V8 bi-turbo petrol engine. And all of that means it can churn out a whopping 550bhp of power and an earth-shattering 720Nm of spin. Yes, 720Nm of it. The two blowers fitted to this engine help develop this massive torque figure right from 1,750rpm going up to 5,250 revs, leaving no hint of lag whatsoever through the rev range.
All of that firepower is channelled to the rear wheels through an AMG Speedshift dual-clutch seven-speed transmission. You get four modes to choose how fast you want the transmission to react and shift through the ratios. You have the Comfort mode for relaxed city driving and then you have the Sport mode when you’re in the mood for some fun. And if you want even quicker shifts, you have the Sport+ mode. For no intervention from the computers, you also have the Manual mode. And when we say ‘no intervention’, it’s really a ‘no intervention’ mode. It won’t shift up even when the engine hits the redline, unlike most other manual modes. Although there’s little to complain about this transmission, it’s still not as quick as the Audi’s S-Tronic seven-speeder.
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Safety-wise, Maercedes-Benz has equipped the sedan with eight airbags –adaptive dual stage airbags and side impact air bags for driver and front passenger and window airbags.
Speaking at the event, Mercedes-Benz India Managing Director and CEO Eberhard Kern told reporters,"The E 63 AMG combines the attributes of a sports car with the practicality of a luxury sedan. The connoisseurs of Mercedes-Benz AMG vehicles will now experience the performance and driving dynamics of an AMG with broader scope of standard equipment."
The E63 AMG sees straight into the eyes of the BMW M5 and the Audi S6. With the output of 550bhp, it’s almost as powerful as the M5. But despite that, this Merc is far too expensive compared to the other performance sedans. While the S6 is pegged at Rs 86 lakh and the M5 at Rs 96 lakh, Merc demands a full Rs 1.29 crore (all prices ex-showroom, Delhi) for this tyre-molesting, eccentric version of the E-Class.
But even with this massive price tag, the E63 AMG promises to cause a riot on the racetrack and has all the features that you would need from your everyday four-door sedan.
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