lunes, 30 de diciembre de 2013

2014 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG S-Model 4MATIC Wagon

Prepare to be reduced to a blubbering idiot—a very fast blubbering idiot.

2014 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG S-Model 4MATIC Wagon 

We’re not even going to pretend to be impartial in discussing the Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG wagon. We love it. We love wagons and horsepower, and wherever the two shall meet, we shall find true love—or something like that. If you’re reading this hoping for a measured analysis, understand this: This is not a vehicle for the measured and rational. It’s absurdity overload, unchecked enthusiasm manifest. If you’re reading this because you’re trying to decide if you should drop more than $100,000 on an E63 wagon of your own, we’ll skip to the important part: yes.
The E63’s family tree contains a few sensible limbs—the E-class sedanand wagon are stupendously gratifying cruisers—and the AMG retains a sufficient degree of their serenity. It’s just that it’s all ate up with hedonism, too. The engine, of course, is what makes this punch so heady. Seeing as it’s available in nine vehicles—E63 sedanS63CLS63CL63,ML63GL63G63, and SL63, as well as the wagon tested here—its stats are familiar by now, but to recap: It has eight cylinders and two turbos, displaces 5.5 liters, and is fashioned from a whole bunch of aluminum. Its output varies depending on application, but since Mercedes understands that people who want 500-plus-horsepower wagons are probably a little unhinged, it sells this one exclusively in the E63’s upgrade S-model trim, which means 577 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of torque.
Fun for the Whole Family
That’s 15 more horsepower than the Ferrari 458 Italia makes and as much torque as in the previous-gen Dodge Viper, and the effect is shocking. Mercedes only offers the E63 with four-wheel drive, so the only squealing you hear at launch will be from passengers. The full shove of 590 lb-ft lasts from 2000 to 4500 rpm, and the seven-speed automatic’s shifts barely interrupt the relentless forward progress. Zero to 60 mph takes 3.4 seconds, and the car roars through the quarter-mile in 11.7 at 122 mph. Line this thing up against a 2014 Viper, and unless its driver nails a perfect launch, your odds are good. The AMG wagon isn’t available with the rear-facing third-row seat of the E350, which is a good thing. If you engaged launch control with a couple of grade-schoolers in the way back, the only thing preventing serious neck injury would be them breaking their noses on the back glass.
It’s not just a straight-line roller coaster. This 4733-pound family hauler also sticks to the skidpad for 0.97 g and seems to stall time as it stops from 70 mph in 153 feet—over and over and over again, with zero fade. What this is, is a remarkably unlikely vehicle that is exactly as lunatic as it sounds. There’s only one problem with the Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG S-model 4MATIC wagon: For whatever reason, it doesn’t have the 664 lb-ft this engine makes in the full-size S-class AMGs. But we won’t dwell on that. In a world marred by war, disease, natural disasters, and reality TV, to nitpick something so right as the E63 wagon would be, well, wrong.

miércoles, 18 de diciembre de 2013

BMW M6 Gran Coupe vs Audi RS7 

AutoExpress test drives and compares the BMW M6 Gran Coupe against the Audi 
RS7. Both are powered by turbocharged V8 engines and have over 500 …

AutoExpress test drives and compares the BMW M6 Gran Coupe against the Audi RS7.
Both are powered by turbocharged V8 engines and have over 500 bhp -but do they really 
justify their nearly £100,000 price tags? In the UK, the BMW M6 Gran Coupe costs just
under £98,000 and features a 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 with 552bhp and 680Nm of torque. 
It sprints from 0-60 in just 4.2 seconds before hitting a limited top speed of 155mph.
BMW M6 Gran Coupe vs Audi RS7   Video Review
The Audi has a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 yet despite being down on capacity compared to the BMW 
it produces the same bhp and has even more torque with a huge 700Nm. Once again top speed 
is limited to 155mph, but it hits 60 in just 3.9 seconds.
Before jumping into the video, here is what AutoExpress had to say about the driving experience:
So, what’s the Audi like to drive? Well, the first thing is that it’s so hard to use the performance on 
the road – it’s just so fast that it’s impossible to put it into use.The one thing the Audi does have 
is quattro all-wheel drive and a clever sport differential – that means it doesn’t have any of the 
traction issues that you get in the M6, and it doesn’t work it’s stability control as hard. There’s lots 
of grip, but the problem is it’s just a bit inert – there’s not a lot of feel in the steering.Also, the 
suspension is a bit odd. The ride isn’t great – in fact it’s pretty awful – and all in all it’s not a 
particularly engaging car despite its speed. It’s quite hard to love this car despite the fact that 
the engine is so great.So how does the BMW compare? If anything the BMW engine has a little 
bit more character than the Audi engine and there’s certainly more fizz to the driving experience. 
It’s not perfect and it troubles the traction control quite a lot on a wet road, though.The biggest 
problem for this car in a way, though isn’t the Audi – it’s the M6′s sister car, the M5. This car 
is substantially more expensive than the M5 – about £25,000 more than an M5 – and it doesn’t offer 
a huge amount more in terms of driving. So the BMW is the best to drive but it’s also the nicest to sit 
in, with its stylish interior and sporty wrap-around cockpit. The Audi’s still feels posh and is loaded 
with gadgets but it lacks the BMW’s wow factor. However with its hatchback boot the Audi is the 
more practical of the pair.It might cost a lot more money than the BMW M5 but we’d go for the M6 Gran 
Coupe – it looks great, sounds fantastic and most importantly it’s more fun to drive than the Audi RS7.