Mercedes-Benz is shaking things up for its E-Class AMG sedan as they just revealed the all-new twin-turbo V6-powered E43 4MATIC sedan. Shaking things up because Merc’s BMW M5 fighter has always had a big, honkin’ V8 of some sort. But not this time, so far.
Ok, so a bunch of things ran through my head, similarly probably to yours, with questions along the lines of: will the E-Class AMG be twin-turbo V6 powered only? Or will there be a more powerful E63 version? Well, seeing as how there already is a C63 AMG and a C43 AMG, and Mercedes-AMG says this is the “first high-performance variant of the E-Class,” it’s most likely the latter. So I wouldn’t get too fearful, yet.
So, what’s powering it? Not the 4.0L twin-turbo V8 that we’ve come to love, but the standard E400’s twin-turbocharged 3.0L V6 in its most potent form. It produces 396hp and 384 lb-ft of twist for a not-at-all shabby 0-60 time of just 4.5 seconds.
In comparison to the C43 AMG, the E43 benefits from an extra 34hp to deal with the extra weight and size of the E-Class and helping put the power to the ground is Merc’s traditional 4MATIC all-wheel drive system tuned by AMG, and assisted by a 9G-TRONIC nine-speed automatic.
Because it’s a full-fledged AMG model, the E43 gets the usual treatment as well both on the inside and out, and underneath the skin. Ranging from AMG-tuned suspension, to a more aggressive and aerodynamic bodykit geared towards forward momentum, lots of AMG badges, and fancy leather and Alcantara on the inside. You can bet the E43 AMG will be both nice to sit in and nice to drive.
The E43 will debut at the New York Auto Show next week and will begin hitting dealers in the US in the beginning of 2017.
Quick Glance – 2016 New York Preview: 2017 Mercedes-AMG E43 4MATIC Sedan
Mercedes-AMG E43 Engine V6 Biturbo Displacement 2996 cc Output 396 hp at 6100 rpm Peak torque 384 lb-ft at 2500-5000 rpm Curb Weight 4,145 lbs Acceleration 0-60 mph 4.5 s Top speed 155 mph (electronically limited)
– By: Chris Chin