The Mercedes E63 S is the fastest wagon around the Nurburgring
Watch as the V8-turbocharged family carrier blasts its way around the Green Hell in record time
Another month and yet another ‘Ring’ record has been shattered. This time though, it’s the turn of the humble wagon.
The team at German car blog Sport Auto decided to set out to beat the current record of 07:58.12 as set by a Seat Leon Cupra 280 estate in early 2015. To attempt to better this time they got themselves an uber-rocketship in the form of the Mercedes E63 S AMG wagon.
The E63 S is powered by a 4.0-litre V8 twin-turbocharged engine producing 604bhp. This family carrier has four-wheel drive and even a selectable drift mode to help it smoke and slide its way to glory.
On the Green Hell though, drift mode was (thankfully) not an option as the very determined Christian Gebhardt carved his way around the 12.9-mile distance in an insanely quick 07:45.19 cutting a shade under thirteen seconds out of the previous record.
While this may not seem that quick when compared to the current crop of hypercars, you should remember that this is a standard (ish) car that can haul actual people along with many things on a daily basis.
As this was an unsupported attempt at a Green Hell record, the E63 S used for the lap has no roll cage or additional safety gear aside from an essential race harness to keep the driver in place. Instead, driver Christian Gebhardt has to make do with just timing gear, and a whole lot of guts as he literally attacks the track extracting every ounce of performance that he can muster.
While pitting the E63 S against the must lower powered Leon Cupra 280 gives us a very obvious result. There is no doubt that an uber-fast wagon being flung round a track at the limit is a very cool thing.
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