Even in this diverse lineup, though, you can’t find every single body style available for a family of cars the Germans are making due to the particularities of the U.S. market. There’s one exception, though: the E-Class.
The mid-range Mercedes machine is present in the United States in all four traditional body styles: sedan, wagon, coupe, and cabriolet. There’s even an SUV equivalent, the GLE, in both normal and coupe guises, but that’s a topic for another time.
Back to the E-Class, this family is offered in both Benz and AMG-refined flavors, and given how we’ve dedicated this June to the German performance brand, we’ll of course focus on the AMG side of things, as we’ve already done with the A- and C-Class the previous days.
Whereas the A-Class has only one AMG offering and the C-Class comes in with nine, the E-Class falls somewhere in the middle. There are five versions, one for the wagon, coupe, and cabriolet each, and two for the sedan.
The least expensive E-Class AMG is the E 53 sedan, which comes in at $73,900. It offers 429 hp and 384 lb-ft (520 Nm) of torque for a zero to 60 mph (96 kph) acceleration time of 4.4 seconds.
If you want a significantly more powerful E-Class sedan, then the 63 S might be the right choice. It comes with 603 hp and significantly higher torque, 627 lb-ft (849 Nm), for a price that is higher than the most expensive version of the C 63 S Cabriolet: $107,500.
Unlike in the case of the C-Class AMG, where the convertible is the most expensive, here, this version falls somewhere in the middle. $82,850 is how much Mercedes asks for the E 53 Cabriolet, which comes with the same engine and specs as the sedan.
The coupe is offered with the same E 53 badging and configuration as well, and this one sells from $76,250, with the exact same specs but a slightly different body style.
As we told you yesterday, the C-Class has a wagon version in AMG flavor, but that one is not offered on the American market. So if you’re craving for a station wagon packing monstrous power and a price tag to match, the E 63 S is the only way to go.
The Mercedes in this configuration is the most expensive in the E-Class AMG family. Its starting price is $112,450, but as usual, there’s a lot you can do to take it even higher. And we did, just to give you a sense of how much the Germans believe Americans should pay for a performance wagon.
As we did before, we added the most expensive features and packages both inside and out and ticked the boxes of all the optional packages we could find on the Mercedes-AMG online configurator.
Our selection, which you can check out in detail in the gallery above, includes things like matte Brilliant Blue Magno paint ($3,950), 20-inch forged cross-spoke wheels ($2,000), and other minor touches, like carbon, chrome, and badges delete. Inside, we went for Black Piano Lacquer trim ($1,300) and the Macchiato Beige headliner that added an extra $1,600.
We finished the build off by adding the fancy Air Balance Package ($350), massage for the front seats ($1,320), a HUD ($1,100), and pretty much everything else we could get our hands on. We’re pretty confident we came up with the most expensive version of the E 63 S we could muster, and the results are not for the faint of heart.
You see, having started at $112,450, we ended up with a $133,860 build, including the $1,050 destination charge. For reference, the final tally is, off the top of my head, a full 2021 Subaru Impreza or 2022 Hyundai Kona over the starting price.