Forty-five percent. That’s the astonishing year-to-year growth rate on sales of AMG cars, built by Mercedes-Benz’s storied performance division in Affalterbach, Germany, once a narrow niche but now a big factor in crowning Mercedes the world’s biggest luxury automaker. AMG variants are now available on nearly every Mercedes model, but where the thrills are often the most entertaining is when so-called family cars, intended more for practicality than speed, get the upgrade. This means, famously among Mercedes enthusiasts, that you can buy a station wagon with supercar performance, though the 603 hp AMG E63 S Wagon isn’t the only wolf in sheep’s clothing Benz can boast about.
On a recent trip to Nashville, Tenn. we had the opportunity to test out not only the cult favorite wagon – which has the most loyal and affluent customer base of any Mercedes-AMG vehicle – but also its sibling the AMG E63 S Sedan as well as the AMG GLC 63 midsize SUV and the GLC 63 S Coupe on both road and track.
Our base of operations in Nashville was the stunning 21c Museum Hotel Nashville, an award-winning contemporary art museum, boutique hotel and chef-driven restaurant encompassed in a beautifully…