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2014 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG S Wagon Reaches 60mph in 3.4sec (w/video)

Motor Trend's latest Head 2 Head video tests a modern marvel of wagon technology against a sleeper Icon Derelict

Toni Avery
Sep 16, 2013

The Details:

  • Mercedes wagon goes head-to-head with an Icon Derelict
  • Benz goes 0-60mph in 3.4sec while the Derelict gets there in 5.1sec
  • E63 AMG S Wagon is rarest Benz sold in America, not even listed on website
  • Icon Derelict features 6.1L Hemi V8 from a Charger SRT8

'Station wagon' and 'high-performance' don't typically go hand-in-hand. But when you take the Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG S model on the drag strip or any back road, those words become one. Before you even ask 'how fast can a wagon really go,' we'll tell you. A ridiculous 3.4sec to 60mph is how fast. Not impressed? Jonny Lieberman had this to say, "you know that Shelby GT500 with 662hp that all the kids are always talking about? Well, that takes 3.5sec to 60mph and it weighs 800 lb less! Sorry Shelby fans but the station wagon is faster than your big snake!"

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Throughout the video Lieberman was impressed with not only how it drove but also the car overall. Coming out with statements like, "This is crazy! What an animal of a station wagon, of any car!" The Mercedes' M157 5.5L twin-turbo V8 engine that produces 577hp and 590 lb-ft of torque isn't the only impressive part, though. It's plush interior, interior space and body style does not scream extreme performance though. "Almost every surface in the E63 is covered with leather, carbon fiber or Alcantara. Very luxurious, it's very nice in here. My point is, though, is that if you get the average person in here and say 'what do you think,' they would say 'wow, what a nice luxury station wagon.' They're not going to know that it's one of the fastest production cars in the world."

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But then the Icon Derelict comes into view and most anyone would crease their brow in concerned doubt. Icon is a company out of the San Fernando Valley in California that produces around 40 custom vehicles per year. This Derelict features a great patina and custom touches that might go unnoticed unless you pop the hood. This Derelict is based off a 1952 Chrysler Town & Country Custom Wagon with a Desoto front clip. Under the hood lies a beast of an engine: 6.1L Hemi V8 out of a Charger SRT8 with an estimated 450hp and 450 lb-ft. Apart from the motor, its technology is vintage so you might not expect it to fare so well next to the modern Benz, but as Lieberman said, "this thing handles pretty damn well. I'm kind of shocked at how well it goes around a corner." It also made an impressive time on the strip going from 0-60mph in just 5.1sec. Something you won't hear about the Mercedes is what Lieberman also added about the Icon Derelict, "That's the thing about this car; it's just dripping with cool."

But we won't spoil the winner for you. That is reason enough to watch the video.

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