While the E63 AMG is big and heavy, you'd never know it by the way it drives. Its AMG-built V-8 and sport suspension really work wonders. The result is a car that rewards a smooth and polished driving technique. Its communicative steering is sensitive, so finesse at the wheel is critical, especially at high speeds. The throttle is surprisingly gentle, considering how much power is on tap, but too much accelerator will upset the chassis. This can be good for drifting, but it's counterproductive for a fast lap time. Use trail-braking to help rotate the E63 on corner entry, then let the power take car of the rest.
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.