We all saw it coming, an AMG-fied version of the third-generation Mercedes-Benz CLS coupe. Except what we did not expect was an all-new model designation – the 53-series models. The 53-series slots between the 43-series and 63-series model range – featuring a 3.0-litre bi-turbo in-line six hybrid mill with 4MATIC+ all-wheel drive system.
At the heart of the Mercedes-AMG CLS 53 4MATIC+ lies a new 3.0-litre bi-turbo in-line six that is supported by an EQ Booster starter-alternator to give a combined output of 435 hp and 520 Nm of torque. Drive is channelled to all four corners via a nine-speed AMG Speedshift TCT transmission. As a result, century sprint completed in 4.5 seconds onwards to an electronically limited top speed of 250 km/h or 270 km/h with the AMG Driver’s package equipped.
The EQ Boost starter-alternator that delivers an additional 16 kW (21 hp) and 250 Nm of torque is sandwiched between the engine and transmission, this system allows for the electric auxiliary compressor to build up charge pressure without delay, filling up the delay in torque when the turbochargers are building boost. This results in the engine to deliver greater response without “turbo lag”.
Besides that, the electrical system also allows for mild hybrid functions such as gliding mode, idle speed control and imperceptible restarting of the engine with start/stop function – adding even greater refinement to the already smooth operating six-cylinder engine.
The 53-series models feature fully variable 4MATIC+ all-wheel drive system that and infinitely varies the torque distribution between the front and rear axles for balance of traction. It is worth noting that this system does not come with Drift Mode that debut on the E 63 4MATIC+.
AMG Ride Control + Air Suspension with Adaptive Damping System (ADS+) comes as standard fitment to give the car more agility, neutral cornering performance and greater traction. It features a more negative camber on all four corners to increase lateral dynamics.
Visually, the CLS 53 wears the silver twin-blade radiator grille – previously reserved for the V8 models, new side air curtains, front splitters, redesigned rear aprons and round twin tailpipe trim elements in high-gloss chrome. All these additional design elements contribute to improved aerodynamics. It rides on 19-inch aerodynamically optimised light-alloy wheels while larger 20-inch items can be had as an option.
The all-new Mercedes-Benz CLS has yet to make its appearance in Malaysia but rest assured that Mercedes-Benz Malaysia (MBM) is working around the clock to bring this sleek coupe to our shores. You can also count on the new CLS 53 4MATIC+ to be included in the range, and perhaps even the Edition 1 that comes with 64 colours ambient lighting and the exclusive IWC analogue clock.