After the launch of the hot new BMW M5 Competition, arch-rival Mercedes-AMG has launched its warriors for the super-saloon championship. We say warriors in plural because, this time, it is a tag team attack on the M5. Along with the E 63S, there is now also the E 53 that will want to have a piece of the M5. So what’s what with these two?
If you’ve seen the updated E-Class LWB, you will be familiar with the changes. Starting off with the E 63S, you obviously get the standard wheelbase which isn’t as lengthy as the E-Class saloon, but there are plenty of focussed AMG touches all over. The front-end is a lot more aggressive, thanks to the sculpted bumpers and air dams. Then you have the Panamericana grille known of AMGs and the powerlines on the bonnet that add to the angry fascia.
Other changes are similar to those done on the updated E-Class, like the flatter all-LED multibeam headlamps. The profile is also typically AMG, thanks to the five-twin spoke alloys and the flared wheel arches, along with a spoiler lip on the boot
The E 53, on the other hand, is a tad more subtle. Don’t think it’s a simpleton, though, because it has a lot going for it. Firstly, it is unmistakably an AMG, but without the shouty bits of the bigger E 63S. Sure, you still get the AMG touches like the grille and aggressive-looking bumpers, but side-by-side, you can tell it’s a bit calmer.
The interiors, like on all Mercs, is special, to say the least. Sure, it is a bit more focused, and you get the necessary sporty bits. But the special feeling that we know of modern Mercs remains. The new AMG performance steering wheel with three rounded twin spokes combine stability with lightness, and the steering wheel rim is a hallmark motorsport feature. There is plenty of tech on offer, and you also have the drive mode select right on the steering. All this means you never need to take your hands off the wheel. Then are the usual features like the MBUX infotainment and high-quality materials with the characteristic AMG performance. The AMG seats are upholstered in Nappa leather and offer secure lateral support with high comfort on long journeys, and have an AMG-specific seat upholstery layout with an “AMG” badge in the front seat backrests. Individually adjustable ambient lighting also comes as standard.
Powering the E 53 is the 3.0-litre turbo-petrol straight-six engine that makes 429bhp and 520Nm. Mated to it is a 9-speed AMG SPEEDSHIFT TCT transmission that is tuned specifically for the E 53. You also get the 4MATIC+ all-wheel-drive system which helps with cornering grip and traction. However, it is the bigger E 63S that is the one to drool over. The 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 makes 602bhp and a colossal 850Nm. Mated to the 9-speed AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT, the E 63S can do 0-100kph in just 3.4 secs.
What will excite buyers even more, is the option of the Drift Mode that is exclusive to the E 63S. This will allow the customers to send power to the rear wheels only and thereby engage in some recreation. The E 63S also has six DYNAMIC SELECT drive programs of “Slippery”, “Comfort”, “Sport”, “Sport+”, “Individual” and “RACE”. The top speed of the E 53 is limited to 250kph, while the E 63S can nudge the 300kph making it the fastest sedan in the AMG lineup.
In terms of pricing, the E 53 starts at Rs 1.02 crore and for that, you get plenty of car for the money. However, should you want to go all-in, the E 63S can be your starting Rs 1.70 crore. That said, another positive that these two have brought along with them is the low cost of ownership, Service packages start at Rs. 1.19 lakhs for the AMG E 53 4M+ and Rs. 1.35 lakhs for the AMG E 63 S 4M+ for a period of 2 years. Then there are the vast customisation options that can make your AMG stand out from the rest on those Sunday drives. We would want now to return the superfight between the E 63S and the new BMW M5 Competition. That is something to look forward to.