Although it looks as if nearly each Mercedes-Benz mannequin will get some kind of AMG remedy, the reality is, till now, the E-Class Coupe and Cabriolet have not been invited to that occasion. However that each one adjustments with the 2019 Mercedes-AMG E53. And consider me, these new vehicles have been undoubtedly definitely worth the wait.
The E53 fashions use Mercedes’ new Three.Zero-liter turbo I6 engine, delivering 429 horsepower and 384 pound-feet of torque. As within the CLS53 and GT 53 Four-Door, this engine makes use of Mercedes’ EQ Increase mild-hybrid system, which supplies a further — and instantaneous — 21 horsepower and 184 pound-feet. Which means the E53 Coupe can dash to 60 miles per hour in a scant Four.Three seconds; the Cabriolet does the identical run in Four.Four.
Along with offering extra oomph, the electrical motor quarterbacks the 53’s stop-start system that refires the engine with immediacy and employs an electrical compressor to construct increase and thrust back turbo lag. This leads to clean, responsive energy supply. It is particularly potent in Sport Plus mode when working with a crisp-shifting nine-speed automated transmission. To high issues off, the I6 engine spits out an ear-pleasing burble via the obtainable AMG efficiency exhaust — one thing I loved time and again whereas attacking the curvy roads outdoors of Austin, Texas.
Round corners, the variable 4Matic all-wheel-drive system, adaptive air suspension and 245/35ZR20 entrance and 275/30ZR20 rear Yokohama Advan Sport tires preserve issues tidy with minimal physique roll. The E53 Coupe gives a stage of grip that is robust to exceed on public roads, and its stout brakes scrub off pace in a rush. It is actually no light-weight, the coupe’s near-Four,200-pound curb weight inflicting the entrance to clean out in turns when pushed aggressively. The steering additionally possesses a lifeless spot on middle and is void of a lot really feel and suggestions. However for an entertaining commuter automotive, the E53 is critically fulfilling.
To visually set itself aside from the common E450 (all E400 fashions are actually referred to as E450 for 2019, FYI), the E53 will get an AMG-specific hood, entrance splitter, chrome trim for the grille and decrease intakes, particular aspect sills, extra pronounced rear diffuser and quad round tailpipes. All of it combines for a barely extra aggressive, however nonetheless clear and engaging look.
Beneath the duvet is a slick 429-horsepower turbocharged inline six-cylinder.
As enjoyable as it will be to blast down winding roads far-off from dense pockets of civilization all day, daily, that is merely not reasonable. For these metropolis commutes, pop the E53 into Consolation mode to make the engine, gearbox, suspension and steering behave in a gentler method.
Accelerating from stops is not met with the identical stage of urgency, however the engine nonetheless gives respectable shove, and the transmission reprograms to shift smoother, and earlier. The steering will get lighter right here, too, which I do not essentially thoughts as I creep via metropolis facilities, and makes the E53 extra agile for maneuvering round dangerous drivers — or rogue pedestrians on electrical scooters.
The stationary durations do current an opportunity to understand the E53’s comfy, well-bolstered seats and delightful cabin trimmings. Black leather-based covers the seats, giant parts of the sprint and door panels, with crimson distinction stitching providing a sporty contact. An Alcantara headliner and gloss black trim give the inside a top-shelf really feel, and there is a good quantity of area for adults in each up entrance and in again, with a fairly large trunk, too. It might be a coupe, however the E-Class is not precisely a small automotive.
The E53’s leather-lined cockpit is excessive on model and luxury.
There isn’t any scarcity of tech inside, with twin 12.Three-inch screens serving as the principle gauge cluster and the infotainment show. The E53 makes use of Mercedes’ COMAND system, powering a typical, 13-speaker Burmester audio system (a 23-speaker setup is non-obligatory on the coupe), navigation, Bluetooth and each Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. As within the AMG GT Four-Door, E-Class and S-Class fashions, the flat-bottom steering wheel makes use of an intuitive touchpad system to regulate the digital shows, letting drivers preserve their palms on the wheel, the place they belong.
To cost up good gadgets, a wi-fi charging pad comes commonplace within the decrease middle stack compartment together with a USB port. Two extra USBs are discovered within the middle armrest, and there is additionally a 12-volt outlet entrance passenger footwell.
The protection tech menu is strong, although solely automated emergency braking and blind-spot monitoring are commonplace tools on E53 fashions. Options like adaptive cruise management, lively blind-spot help, lane departure warning with lane preserve help, rear cross-traffic alert, head-up show and 360-degree digital camera are all obtainable, simply as choices.
The E53 is able to having enjoyable on backroads and being a snug commuter.
When the 2019 Mercedes-AMG E53 Coupe and Cabriolet go on sale late this 12 months, the sector of direct opponents will probably be skinny. The E53 Coupe will begin at $74,695, and the E53 Cabriolet will are available in at $81,345, together with $995 vacation spot. They’re going to mainly be in a category all their very own, too, since their solely actual direct opponents, the two-door BMW 6 Sequence fashions, have been discontinued.
The E53 fashions have a powerful vary, capable of be competent backroad runners one minute and compliant metropolis commuters the subsequent. Throw in a classy exterior design and a really beautiful and splendid cabin, and you’ve got a pair of long-overdue AMGs which can be nicely price your consideration.
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