Driving the Rs 1.5 Crore Mercedes AMG E63 S On the Buddh Circuit
Video Editor: Cyrus John
Mercedes India chose to launch the Mercedes AMG E63 S at the Buddh International Circuit to showcase the prowess of this luxury sedan with supercar underpinnings. The Mercedes AMG E63 S is priced at Rs 1.5 crore ex-showroom.
First some numbers. The Mercedes AMG E63 S puts out 612 bhp of power and 850 Nm of torque from a 4-litre V8 twin-turbo petrol engine. Power goes to the wheels through a 9-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission with Mercedes’ 4-matic all-wheel drive system. The car can accelerate from 0-100 kmph in 3.4 seconds.
There are some subtle styling changes to distinguish it from the regular Mercedes E-Class sedan, that’s sold in international markets. In India, Mercedes only sells the long-wheelbase version of the E-Class.
The car gets a wider air-dam to draw in more air, larger all-wheel disc brakes with an option of ceramic rotors, an air-suspension setup to quickly alter its handling characteristics and a small lip spoiler on the boot. Inside, it gets carbon-fibre detailing and nappa leather sports seats.
Step into the car and you immediately get the feel of a sports car with its low-slung stance. The full LCD instrument panel tells you this is not your regular Mercedes sedan. The AMG E63 S gets multiple drive modes – Comfort, Dynamic, Sport, Sport Plus and Race mode.
For our drive on the track, we were instructed not to slip it into Race mode because it would lower the safety setup on the car – traction control would be turned off, ESP gets dialled down a notch and the car becomes a little too quick to handle for comfort.
We got three laps of the 5,127 metre Buddh International Circuit. One lap to familiarise ourselves with the car and one hot lap, followed by a cool-down lap. Watch the video to see how that went.
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