The 2018 Mercedes-AMG E63S wagon is not a throwback to the classic hot-rod family haulers of the past. And, thanks to the latest Porsche Panamera, it’s not even the most powerful wagon on the market today. It is a fully-realized, technologically-advanced, five-person-and-tons-of-gear yacht-rocket that can tackle a racetrack and a road trip with equal ease. All you need is $108,000 to spend on such a thing. Actually, if you do plan to take it to the track, you want the $9,000 optional carbon ceramic brakes. Still, for a scant $117,000, this rip-roaring all-wheel-drive wagon can be yours.

Let’s start with the boosted, psychopathic gorilla under the hood. The old 6.2-liter V8, which Mercedes called a 6.3-liter, was one of the best engines in the production car world during its years of service. The naturally aspirated 6,208-cc motor produced more than 500 hp and a NASCAR Cup car soundtrack wherever it went. But this 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged powerplant delivers more power more efficiently and still sounds 85 percent as good as the old M156.

Max torque is reached at 2,500 rpm. That means that when you’re coming off turn 23 onto the longest straight of the 3.15-mile NCM Motorsports Park in Bowling Green, Kentucky, you’ll have the full 627 lb-ft of torque delivered to which ever wheels the Mercedes AWD system (now called 4Matic Plus) and electronically controlled limited-slip differential sees fit.