Mercedes-AMG is introducing the first high-performance version of the E Class W213 which will be available with the “E43” moniker.
Retaining the classiness of the standard E Class, the new E43 adds a powerful engine into the mix and comes as standard with an all-wheel-drive 4MATIC system that has a rear-biased configuration (31:69). If it weren’t for the quad exhaust tips at the back, we’d label this as a modern sleeper taking into account the elegant appearance hides a 396 horsepower punch coming from a biturbo 3.0-liter V6 engine.
The 384 pound-feet (520 newton meters) of torque comes in at 2,500 rpm and Mercedes-AMG is quoting a 0-60 miles per hour (0-96 kilometers per hour) sprint in 4.5 seconds (0-62 mph / 0-100 kph in 4.6 seconds). As you’ve come to expect, there’s an electronic top speed limiter which will kick in at 155 mph (250 kph).
Compared to the C43 which has the same engine, the E43 has an extra 34 hp and retains the same torque figure. Mercedes-AMG says it weighs 1,840 kilograms (driver, luggage, 90% fuel tank included) and will sell the E43 4MATIC exclusively with a nine-speed automatic transmission adapted for the new E Class member.
The car rides on 19-inch five-spoke AMG wheels featuring a high-gloss black finish, but you can also go for the optional 20-inch wheels that have a two-tone finish. Stopping power is provided by 360 x 36 mm front discs with four-piston calipers and 360 x 26 mm rear discs.
It benefits from a sports suspension based on Mercedes-AMG’s latest and greatest AIR BODY CONTROL multi-chamber air suspension system. Adaptive damping is also part of the package and drivers get to choose from Comfort, Sport, and Sport Plus modes.
The model will receive its public debut later this month at the New York Auto Show and will be available on order starting June 20 in Europe before hitting the market in September. The US-Spec E43 4MATIC will arrive at US dealers at the beginning of 2017.