Not everyone wants a crossover. Big SUVs are never going away, but they are lumbering beasts with poor mileage. A wagon is a sensible choice for the modern family, and Mercedes-AMG has some nice proof of that.
In a press release last night, we’ve learned that the E-Class wagon attracts the highest median household income of any product they offer. Boston and NYC represent 23% of wagon sales, with California buying another 22% of them. For five years, the E-Wagons have been without competition from other German brands in the US. Cadillac’s CTS wagon was America’s answer, but 2014 was its final year.
AMG began as two Mercedes engineers who perfected the German performance aftermarket. Back in 1986, their shop in Westmont, IL built the iconic S124 “Hammer Wagon”. Its successor is the 2018 E63 S, which arrives with a few nice features. The 4MATIC+ AWD system has been onboard since 2014, but this year it is powered by the same 4.0-liter twin turbo found across the AMG lineup.
You will have 603 horsepower and a bonkers 627 lb-ft of torque between 2,500 and 4,500 rpm. Power of this magnitude allowed it to lap the ‘Ring in 7:45.19, and reach 60 mph in 3.4 seconds. The latest in electronic differentials can send 100% of power to any corner at an instant- what a time to be alive! It even has a drift mode for your mother-in-law. Only available in Race mode, it disconnects the front axle for a proper rear tire fryer.
The latest in multi-chamber air suspension constantly corner-balances several times a second, with three distinct spring rates to choose from. Of course, the front brakes are 15.4″ with 14.2″ on the rear. Hidden easter eggs pay tribute to the E55 wagons we loved in the past. Mercedes-Benz and AMG know the value of their history, so the press release also included a Petrolicious video on the Hammer Wagon. Mercedes-Benz of Coral Gables has the first example, so click the link below to check it out and stay with us for all your Mercedes-AMG updates.