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possible between tire and roadway. The “old” 4MATIC couldn’t do that. And yet, if you’d much rather power ahead using only rear-wheel drive when starting in the Mercedes-AMG E 63 S 4MATIC+, no problem: Simply deactivate the Electronic Stability Program (ESP) in the “RACE” driving mode and then pull both shift paddles in parallel. You’re immediately in the new Drift Mode. Why is there a “RACE” driving mode for the AMG Performance 4MATIC+? The true, unbridled Driving Performance of the Mercedes-AMG E 63 S 4MATIC+ is something you can really only experience on a racetrack. Anyone who hits the circuits regularly knows the problem: In the corners, the drive torque and the steering forces are sometimes too great on the front axle, which results in the vehicle under-steering. In the “RACE” driving mode in particular, but also in “Sport” and “Sport Plus”, the new performance-oriented 4MATIC+ all-wheel drive system optimally balances the drive torque through the variable axle distribution: The vehicle can be controlled through the curves with significantly more confidence, more safety and more speed. To do so, the engineers at Mercedes- AMG created yet another innovation in the high-end automotive segment: a custom-designed cooling system that actively cools the oil of the wet clutch as needed. This way, even when operating on the racetrack, the AMG Performance 4MATIC+ can deliver the full performance potential of the vehicle at any time. Drift Mode is another new feature of the AMG Performance 4MATIC+. That sounds pretty exciting, but is it really? And how! You’ve never been able to experience this kind of kick in a high-end vehicle before. In Drift Mode, the Mercedes-AMG E 63 S 4MATIC+ drives automatically to start with, with full rear-wheel drive and an open clutch on the longitudinal transfer case, which wasn’t possible with the fixed torque of the “old” 4MATIC. During the drift, the clutch is closed again and the torque changes over to the front axle — and then the Mercedes-AMG E 63 S 4MATIC+ rockets out of the drift at full throttle before returning to its “completely normal” all-wheel drive. That’s something you just have to experience. How long has Mercedes-AMG been working on this new concept for allwheel drive? We started with a core team of around ten employees in 2014, that is, at the exact same moment that the previous 4MATIC with its fixed torque distribution was first installed in a Mercedes- AMG E-Class. At that time, as is customary for a company with motorsport in its genes, we thought further ahead and asked ourselves: What actually comes after the 4MATIC? Which features does an even more innovative allwheel drive have to have? It quickly became clear that the solution would be a fully variable all-wheel drive. Of course, it would have to be extremely safe and extremely efficient — but above all it had to conform to the brand’s claim and the customer’s desire for Driving Performance. AMG Performance 4MATIC+ The Mercedes-AMG E 63 S is the first Mercedes-AMG with 4MATIC+. AMG Performance 4MATIC+ is a fully variable all-wheel drive: It calculates the torque in milliseconds as necessary and optimally distributes it to the front and rear axles. AMG Performance 4MATIC+ offers driving stability that is as uniformly high under dry conditions as it is in rain or snow. In addition to traction and lateral dynamics, AMG Performance 4MATIC+ improves the vehicle’s longitudinal dynamics to deliver the most powerful acceleration possible. 143


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