With Cadillac’s CTS-V Wagon dead and buried, unorthodox — yet highly practical — automotive enthusiasts have been at a severe disadvantage in North America. Europe always seems to have at least a couple overpowered “estate cars” while we’re left pretending that a compact four-door Golf R is a replacement for a tuned-up 5 Series Touring or RS6 Avant.
God bless Mercedes-Benz and AMG for understanding there are still some wealthy Americans that want to load a station wagon with a half-dozen pure bred Labradors or ten bolts of Egyptian cotton (or whatever rich people put in their cars) and drive it 180 mph down an expressway.
For that highly discerning clientele, the all-new 2018 Mercedes-AMG E63 S wagon will be arriving this autumn.
The wagon uses the same 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 monster found in the AMG E63 sedan. Unlike the sedan, the wagon only comes in the 603 horsepower and 627 pound-feet of torque S trim. With a nine-speed automatic and standard all-wheel drive, it’ll run to 60 mph in 3.4 seconds and happily blast all the way up to a 180 mph top speed. Its AWD system can be overwritten by pulling on the shift paddles simultaneously — placing the car into tire-shredding Drift Mode.
AMG’s super-estate will have everything else AMG sedans have, from selectable drive modes to upgraded suspension and brakes. For all the extra space in the rear, Mercedes only asks you to sacrifice a tenth of a second off the S Sedan’s 0-to-60 time and omit the rearward facing third-row seats normally available in the E350 4Matic wagon. However, with no small children back there, that’s an uncut 35 cubic feet of storage with the rear seats up.
Prices, like horsepower, will seem unnecessarily high to most. Mercedes-Benz lists the current AMG Wagon for $104,300 — and they typically sell for thousands more. The new one should be no different and will make its debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March. Sales will begin in the United States by Fall 2017.