||The latest AMG-tuned E-Class is in some ways the spiritual successor to the famed 500E (known informally as “the Hammer” for its supercar performance from a staid-looking package). The formula’s nearly the same—massive V8, mid-sized sedan, great styling, and precision engineering for ultimate performance. Where the E 63 AMG really outdoes the old car is in quantity—it is more of all of the things previously listed, but not too much. The 518 horsepower naturally-aspirated V8 provides smooth, effortless thrust and a deep, menacing V8 growl. Thankfully the E 63 AMG is fitted with huge brakes, because it builds speed so effortlessly that it’s easy to overdo it coming into a corner—a quick stab of the left pedal and all is right with the world, and the corner. Cornering is improved by a wider track as well, helping the large sedan handle like a much smaller car. Considering the performance and the size of the engine, it may be surprising that Mercedes and AMG also paid attention to environmental concerns—the E 63 AMG consumes 10 percent less fuel than the older model which used the same engine.