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Can a 2010 Mercedes-AMG E63 Beat The 2021 AMG E63 S On A Drag Strip?

The new E63 S comes with twin turbos and an all-wheel-drive system, unlike its ancestor

The new E63 S comes with twin turbos and an all-wheel-drive system, unlike its ancestor

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The Mercedes E-Class is an executive sedan and is offered in many different trims. The automaker’s performance arm, AMG, took it under its wings many years back and has been tuning it to make it one hell of a rocket on the tarmac. While the latest fifth-gen AMG E63 S comes with a 4.0-liter, twin-turbocharged V-8, the 2010 model lived by the principle ‘no replacement for displacement’. It featured a naturally aspirated V-8 that displaces at 6.2 liters. Purists prefer the free-revving N/A engine over turbos any day, but in this case, can it hold a candle against an 11-year newer model?

The folks at Throttle House decided to see how they go up against each other on a drag strip. Who are you rooting for?

On Paper, The 2010 E63 Doesn’t Hold A Candle Against The 2021 E63 S

Can a 2010 Mercedes-AMG E63 Beat The 2021 AMG E63 S On A Drag Strip?
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The 2021 Mercedes-AMG E 63 S is the top-of-the-line E-Class that money can buy you today. It comes with a handcrafted 4.0-liter, Biturbo V-8 engine under the hood that churns out 603 horses and 627 pound-feet of torque. It is mated to a nine-speed SpeedShift gearbox and the 4MATIC+ all-wheel-drive system. It takes just 3.3 seconds to sprint to 60 mph from rest.

Can a 2010 Mercedes-AMG E63 Beat The 2021 AMG E63 S On A Drag Strip?
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The 2010 Mercedes-AMG E63, on the other, is powered by a 6.2-liter, naturally aspirated V-8 mill. It puts out 518 horses and 465 pound-feet of torque. Power is sent exclusively to the rear wheels via a seven-speed automatic gearbox. It takes four seconds to sprint to 60 mph from a standstill.

Was the 2010 E63 Able To Trump The 2021 E63S?

Can a 2010 Mercedes-AMG E63 Beat The 2021 AMG E63 S On A Drag Strip?
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In the first drag race, the 2021 E63 S left the 2010 E63 in the dust. It was nowhere in the former’s league. Most of it can be credited to the all-wheel-drive system which held better on the tarmac and let the engine do its work. So, for the second race, they decided to switch the system off and have a rear-wheel-drive-only battle. Here, the old Merc won. But, it wasn’t exactly fair because the 2010 model had traction control on, while the 2021 model didn’t.

The 20-minute long video shows a whole lot of other things about these cars, too. They even take it to the track for some drifting sessions. Watch the video below and let us know which car you would pick and why in the comments section.

Sidd Dhimaan
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