E63 Line Lag: Problem, or Just a Trait of the Car?

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Compared to competitors, launches on the E63 seem to lag. Is it time that the 722.9 gets a makeover from AMG?

As far as debates on MBWorld go, this one about the E63 (and AMG models with the same drive-line) gets pretty heated. However, the main point being driven home is that the E63 just isn’t cutting the butter off the line, in terms of acceleration. Members are finding similarities between W212 and W213 models, and it really doesn’t come down to the thing producing thunder under the hood. Granted, the turbocharged 4.0 V8 in the W213 might have a small bit of turbo lag, but the culprit seems to be the 9G-Tronic gearbox. Calls for a dual-clutch transmission aren’t out of line, since the 9G seems to bog down and lag.

Videos galore are showing ’63 models getting smoked, which honestly, veers away from the original gist of the post. While the debate raged on, questioning the performance of a 5-seat, 4,500-pound big sedan is a bit silly. Sure it may be a tad slower than some of its competitors, but in a car like this, it’s a bit against the point. The RWD models don’t apologize for being an absolute hoot to drive, with donuts and voluminous tire smoke just the push of a button away.

CHECK OUT: What Forum Members Are Saying About the E63’s Issue

Then again, think about how competent they are in other forms of speed. Shown above is an E63 at Circuit of the Americas, and members report the E63 and CLS63 as being very competent on track. BMW and Audi can go ahead and chase after lap times all they want. AMG takes a different approach in that the platform doesn’t take itself too seriously. It just happens to be laughably quick, good, honest fun.

Patrick Morgan is an instructor at Chicago’s Autobahn Country Club and contributes to a number of Auto sites, including MB World and 6SpeedOnline.


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