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You know what I love? When an established publication decides to go against the grain and do something fun.



In this instance, this is precisely what one of the world's oldest buff books did. Our friends at Autocar decided to take the seemingly delicious Mercedes-AMG E63 S and put it up against the likes of the Audi RS7, BMW M6 Gran Coupe and Lexus GS F.

Rather than do the typical review where points are allocated to certain categories and it's a head-to-head slugfest, this time it took a different approach. It considered the AMG "the challenger," and matched it up against what appears to be each strong suit.

Take, for example, the GS F's sound, which is monumental. The E63 takes it on. And then there's the RS7's zero to 60 time. The Benz goes head-to-head with it. And then there's the handling, which is the BMW's strength.

So, how did the AMG do?

You be the judge. See the final statements from the Autocar story, below.



...And so a final victory is beyond our ‘Ironman’ E63. It has failed to assert ultimate superiority over its closest rivals – and the manner of its last-ditch failure may be enough to cause a bit of concern among the AMG faithful who’ve enjoyed more rounded, lively and engaging fast E-Classes than this over the years; and whose ‘Drift mode’ was only ever one button press away.

This hasn’t been a normal group test. The cars in it have lined up one by one to take a swing at the new boy rather than trying to land blows on each other, so we won’t have rankings and we won’t have a winner. But if we were to have one, I’m pretty sure it wouldn’t have been the E63.



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Super Sport Sedan IRONMAN: The Mercedes-AMG E63 S Takes On The Audi RS7, BMW M6 Gran Coupe And Lexus GS F

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