Experienced by Kimatni D. Rawlins
Welcome to the eclectic dreamland of Miami, where curated foods, Latin culture, vacation-styled beach life, epic shopping, and erotic SUVs and supercars allow you to live your best life while momentarily experiencing The Sunshine State. As you can imagine, it’s difficult impressing the public with your set of hot wheels since everyone has become enamored with the omnipresent Lamborghini SUV (Urus), which is currently the flavor of the summer. But, of course, all things Rolls-Royce continues to dominate the narrative as well. However, my 2021 AMG E63 S chariot presented in a magnifying designo Brilliant Blue Magno hue held its own against the formidable competition.
The reason for heading to South Florida was to give my father Randi Payton a harmonizing escape to celebrate his 67th birthday. We kept it cultural, artistic, and healthy with salsa melodies, beach yoga, Thai massages, peace walks, runs in the sun, and plant-based eating. From the picturesque scene of the Wynwood Art District to the soulful vibes of Cafe la Trova in Little Havana, where the locals frequent, the “father and son” trip was one to remember. We were both fascinated by Fin DAC’s Geisha mural, which represented as the key backdrop for our AMG photography.
With the completely non-reflective $3,950 designo Brilliant Blue Magno matt paint job, pops and I (also an automotive journalist) set off an array of authentic conversations from auto enthusiasts. The epic hue is quite impressive and added another elevation level to the $107,500 ($137,290 with options) grandiose performance sedan. We blew by so many exits while carving up Miami streets from the 603-horsepower and 627 lb-ft of torque performance of the handcrafted AMG 4-liter Biturbo engine. The German sedan is further enhanced with the AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 9-speed transmission, AMG Performance 4MATIC+, AMG DYNAMIC SELECT with track settings, an AMG Performance Exhaust, AMG Sports Suspension, AMG Carbon Ceramic Braking system ($8,950), and both an interior and exterior Carbon Fiber Package. Last but not least, immaculate 20″ AMG Forged cross-spoke rims wrapped in staggered Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S summer rubber (265/35 R20 front and 295/30 ZR20 rear) provided both style and grace.
We took in the tropical scenery from Midtown and South Beach, where we laid our heads. Families, couples, or friends will undoubtedly love the surrounding locations outside of the boutique Hyde Hotel after sunbathing or preparing breakfast in your suite’s kitchenette. Lively, outside seated cafes, fashionable shopping, and museums are just a stone’s throw away. My morning routine included running to Biscayne Bay, writing on the patio, and researching exciting places to eat, such as Love Life Café for some of the most endearing health foods the city has to offer. A mile away is the mentioned above Wynwood Miami Arts District to witness vibrant, impactful, and reflective art, including the Wynwood Walls. There is a defining vibe for every connoisseur of street art, from George Floyd and Kobe Bryant murals to Japanese geisha paintings.
Getting to Miami South Beach from Downtown was always fun as I put the AMG DYNAMIC SELECT in Sport mode, manually shifted from the AMG racing steering wheel, and let it fly over the MacArthur Causeway like the Peregrine falcon and its 200-mph diving speed. So the vehicle’s super grabby and enlarged Gold/Bronze calipers are indeed required to bring AMG drivers back down to Earth. Once you hit the beach, traffic slows down allowing the AMG to cruise while onlookers gave us thumbs-ups and massive props. Our interior with Titanium Grey / Black Exclusive Nappa Leather with yellow accents and carbon fiber panels set the tone while massaging seats healed the body and Burmester surround sound satisfied our musical souls. Observers were treated to the AMG E63’s $2,950 AMG Carbon Fiber Exterior Package 1 and the $1,750 AMG Carbon Fiber Exterior Package 2. They included carbon fiber mirror caps, a carbon fiber front splitter, a carbon fiber spoiler, carbon fiber side fender inserts, and a carbon fiber rear diffuser surrounding the quad exhaust tips.
Thankfully my dad and I have many things in common. Therefore it was simple deciding on similar activities. Just as the machinery of an AMG requires specified attention and upkeep, our bodies need the same. For example, driving to Ft. Lauderdale for therapeutic Thai Massages took care of two tasks: becoming more acquainted with the vehicle for this very review, aligning the spine, and stretching our joints and muscles since we are both active. The Fit Fathers itinerary included the following:
- Shopping at Lincoln Road Mall
- Salsa dancing at Cafe la Trova with live music played by real Trova musicians to experience Miami Cuban culture
- Smoothies at Under the Mango Tree
- Breakfast at Apple a Day
- Yoga on the beach from the Royal Palm South Beach Miami, where we stayed
- Coconut Grove Farmers Market, which is all vegan on Saturdays
- Minty Z for Asian vegan cuisine in the Coconut Grove
- Shopping at Brickell City Centre
- Lunch at Brickell Soul Food Trucks located at the First Miami Presbyterian Church
- Thai Massages at Love Thai Massage in Ft Lauderdale
If a sophisticated buzz is your near or present objective, then take some time off and head to Miami to kick back. You deserve it just as much as the 2021 AMG E63 S Sedan deserves to be driven like a champion. Live the life you love, love the life you live!