Mercedes has just unveiled the extremely rapid E 63 S Wagon and it sure will make the school run that bit more exciting.

With a front bumper that was inspired by the shape of a jet wing, and a front end marked by a massive front splitter, the exterior hints at serious performance and that is what you get. It’s powered by a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8, just like the E 63 S saloon, to produce a whopping 603 horsepower and 850Nm of torque. The ever so potent motor is mated to a AMG Speedshift MCT nine-speed automatic (it replaces last year’s seven-speed automatic) that sends the grunt to all four wheels via the Merc’s 4Matic plus all-wheel-drive system. It makes the torque split variable for the first time and thanks to the added traction, the Wagon can hit 100kph in 3.4 seconds and has a top speed of 290kph.

It’ll have five drive modes (Comfort, Sport, Sport+, Race, and Individual) which will tweak the responses of the engine, transmission, suspension, steering, stability control, and all-wheel-drive system to varying degrees and it also has an M mode for manual shifting via the steering wheel mounted paddles. It also features a three-chamber air suspension in all four corners (with settings for Comfort, Sport, and Sport+) while the engine is held in place by dynamic engine mounts with settings for comfort or dynamic performance.

As for the cabin, it packs front sport seats, Nappa leather trim on the dash, and an AMG Performance steering wheel wrapped in black Nappa leather. The 12.3in instrument cluster has three display designs - Classic, Sport, and Progressive – which are exclusive to AMG.