12.1@120 certainly is not bad but we expected a little more out of the E63. The issue is the curb weight is higher than what we expected. The E63 is not lighter than the CLS63 AMG with its tested curb weight of 4347. It just slightly undercuts the F10 M5 which although heavier by virtue of its dual clutch transmission is able to keep pace with it. We believe we can definitively state the stock E63 AMG without the P30 package will be slightly slower than the F10 M5 and the P30 E63's will bridge that gap.
We hope to see some F10 M5 and Performance Package E63 AMG comparisons from US magazines soon. For now, it appears the F10 M5 is not giving up anything and making more efficient use of its power. However, with a tune, the M157's are doing some real damage. It appears in that respect the Benz will have the advantage.
|2012 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG|
|PRICE AS TESTED||$131,045|
|VEHICLE LAYOUT||Front engine, RWD, 5-pass, 4-door sedan|
|ENGINE||5.5L/550-hp/590-lb-ft twin-turbo DOHC 32-valve V-8|
|CURB WEIGHT (F/R DIST)||4347 lb (53/47%)|
|LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT||192.4 x 75.9 x 56.8 in|
|0-60 MPH||3.8 sec|
|QUARTER MILE||12.1 sec @ 120.8 mph|
|BRAKING, 60-0 MPH||103 ft|
|LATERAL ACCELERATION||0.93 g (avg)|
|MT FIGURE EIGHT||24.9 sec @ 0.82 g (avg)|
|EPA CITY/HWY FUEL ECON||16/24 mpg|
|ENERGY CONS., CITY/HWY||211/140 kW-hrs/100 miles|
|CO2 EMISSIONS||1.03 lb/mile|
- It's fast in straight lines.
- The exhaust has a great growl.
- It has $40,000 of equipment.
- The $12,645 carbon ceramic brakes are good for just 2 less feet distance in 60-0 braking test.
- It's too heavy and has body roll.
- The steering and pedal feedbacks are poor.
- The transmission isn't as fast as DCT's.