Mercedes E-Class gets AMG potency

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Mercedes E-Class gets AMG potency

Mercedes-Benz is unveiling the fourth in its new range of AMG variants and the first of the performance models in the E-Class range.

The Mercedes-AMG E 43 4Matic will make its debut at the New York International Motor Show on 23rd March and is expected in UK showrooms in September, joining the already announced SLC 43 and coupe and convertible versions of the C43 4Matic.

Power for the E 43 comes from the same uprated 3-litre V6 twin-turbo engine in the other AMG models.

For the E-Class, however, the engine receives further enhancements, including new larger turbochargers and software remapping, taking its power output to 395bhp, 33 horses more than its sisters.

As a result the E 43 will crest the 0-62mph sprint in 4.6 seconds and go on to an electronically-limited 155mph, while returning combined-cycle fuel economy of 34mpg and CO2 emissions of 189g/km.

All-wheel-drive is standard on the car with the 384lbft of torque – on offer form just 2500rpm – biased to the rear at a rate of 31:69 per cent. The also standard-fit 9G-Tronic automatic transmission is retuned for shorter shift times, as is the chassis that includes Mercedes’ Air Body Control air suspension and a more direct steering ratio, along with uprated brakes.

Visually the E 43 boasts signature AMG styling including three large cooling inlets at the front, the outer pair fitted with cross fins, and a diamond and chrome grille. The detailing and the 19-inch five-spoke alloy wheels are finished in gloss black, while at the rear are fitted a silver chrome diffuser, twin chrome-plated exhaust pipes and a boot spoiler in the body colour.

1603_Mercedes_E43_AMG_4Matic_02.jgSports front seats dominate the interior, an Artico man-made leather and Dinamica fibre as standard or nappa leather as an option, replicated on the door panels and dashboard and all stitched in red. Bespoke pedals, a lback roof lining and red seat belts are also included.

The flat-bottomed steering wheel is in black nappa leather, again red stitched, while the dash is to an AMG-specific layout including a 4.5-inch multifunction colour display and a lap timer.

Prices for the E 43 4Matic are yet to be announced – they are expected to start from above £50,000.

Andrew Charman

Andrew is the News and Road Test Editor for The Car Expert. He is a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, and has been testing and writing about new cars for more than 20 years. Today he is well known to senior personnel at the major car manufacturers and attends many new model launches each year.

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