Mercedes-AMG has revealed their latest gem in the form of the E53 4MATIC+ Coupe with a completely reworked front end that gives the previously elegant look (pre facelift) an angrier first impression and we’ve not stopped gawking at it since.
There’s 435 hp and 520 Nm at your disposal courtesy of a 3.0-litre twin-turbo engine, couple with an EQ Boost starter-alternator that adds an additional 22 hp and 250 Nm. The starter-alternator also feeds the 48V on-board electrical system. As its name suggest, the E53 is all-wheel drive; under the command of a 9G Speedshift automatic transmission.
Opting for the AMG Driver’s Package will allow the E53 to stretch its top speed to 270 km/h, which would otherwise be limited to 250 km/h. 19-inch light alloy wheels are standard with an optional 20-inch set and if you opt for the Carbon Package, Mercedes-AMG will throw in mirror caps and a boot lid made of carbon fibre. Underneath them, are 4-pot calipers in the front and single pot calipers at the rear.
While the interior is a largely familiar setting, the new E53 features a new AMG Performance steering wheel with sensors that recognise if the driver does not have their hands on the steering wheel for a certain time.
If the driver does not have their hands on the steering wheel for a certain time, a warning cascade is started, which finally activates Emergency Brake Assist if the driver continues to be inactive.
Aside from the air suspension, the E53 AMG is also offered with the AMG Dynamic Plus Package previously reserved for the V8 models only. This includes red-painted calipers with AMG lettering, a RACE drive program and more importantly, a Drift Mode.