The Mercedes-Benz E-Class range, launched in SA in late June, now runs all the way from diesels and hybrids to the powerful E500 and macho E63 AMG “S”. Encompassing a broad range of available body styles as well, this new E-Class range has to be one of the most comprehensive of the executive saloon class to date.
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Let’s start with the “regular” E63 AMG though. This beast has a 5.5-litre biturbo V8 motor that puts out 410kW and 720Nm. It is said to take 4.2 seconds to get from 0-100km/h, which is pretty blistering stuff for a luxurious 4-door saloon in anyone’s book.
But the AMG “S” is even more powerful, with 430kW and 800Nm, and marginally quicker too, taking 4.1 seconds for the 0-100km/h sprint!
For years Hyundai has been closing in on Toyota, using age-old rivalry between Korea and Japan as a spur. Lately it has looked as if Hyundai had been turning into Toyota, in an unintentional way.
For many years Toyota built its philosophy around massproducing people’s cars, sensible vehicles with reliability and familiarity as watchwords. Volkswagen had the same idea but for decades they have included the GTI in their lineup, for a strong element of spice.
At Toyota, over time the reliable/familiar strategy became a recipe for boredom, smugness, sameness … and the pricing went up too. Customers continued to buy but it became clear things could not go on like this. Toyota began thinking in a more adventurous way, and the most shining example of this has been the two-door, two-litre, fun-to-drive, well priced 86 sports car.