2021 Mercedes-AMG E53 Coupe

2021 Mercedes-AMG E53 Coupe First Look Review: Power Is Everything

by Jay Traugott

Performance luxury coupes will always remain popular within a certain market segment and Mercedes-Benz remains fully committed to these buyers. Introducing the 2021 Mercedes-AMG E53 Coupe, a mid-life facelift of the already highly desirable AMG-enhanced two-door that now sports updated exterior styling, numerous interior upgrades, and a brand-new MBUX infotainment system that'll surely satisfy technology enthusiasts.

AMG engineers clearly realized they already had an extremely capable coupe to start with, so the updates were focused on fine-tuning everything inside and out. The AMG E53 is the most powerful E-Class coupe you can get, but finds itself in the odd category of not having any direct rivals to compete against. For many customers, the AMG E53 is the ideal blend of high-performance and luxury and the engineers at AMG HQ in Affalterbach are keenly aware of this.

With that in mind, the 2021 AMG E53 represents a solid improvement on an already very capable machine.

2021 Mercedes-AMG E53 Coupe Models

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
AMG E53 4MATIC Coupe
3.0-liter Turbo Inline-6 Hybrid
9-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
$74,950

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An AMG-Specific Exterior

In general, the 2021 AMG E53's exterior design remains the same as last year, though there are some noteworthy updates. Like with all AMG models, there are a number of distinctive exterior traits that separate the AMG E53 from the standard E-Class coupe. For starters, there's the AMG-specific radiator grille with a total of twelve vertical slats. Another nice touch are the sharper LED headlights, twin power domes on the hood, and larger front air intakes.

Out back, there are quad exhaust pipes finished in either silver or black. There's also a lip spoiler finished in either carbon fiber or body-color paint.

A set of 19-inch, five-spoke wheels are standard while 20-inchers are optional, finished in either matte black or high-gloss titanium grey. AMG also has a few new paint colors available, including Graphite Grey Metallic and designo Brilliant Blue Magno. Buyers further have the option to tack on the AMG Night Package that includes gloss black mirror housings and window frames. The mirror caps and lip spoiler can also be had in full carbon fiber when buyers check the box for the AMG Carbon Fiber Package II.

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A Major Interior Tech Improvement

One of the biggest complaints many had regarding last year's AMG E53 (and other Mercedes models), was the sometimes complicated COMAND infotainment system. Like the already revealed and updated E-Class sedan lineup, Mercedes has replaced this system with its MBUX unit.

Drivers will appreciate two separate displays for the instrument cluster and multimedia screens, combined together within a shared glass surround that forms a so-called "Widescreen Cockpit" layout. There are three AMG display styles to choose from. Another nice new interior piece is the redesigned AMG Performance steering wheel. AMG models also feature MB-Tex with DINAMICA microfiber upholstery with red contrast stitching and AMG badging. Nappa leather, however, is optional.

Because buyers expect sporty and premium touches, AMG has added red seat belts and carbon fiber trim options for further personalization.

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What's Under The Hood?

Most AMG buyers aim for power, performance, and an amazing engine sound, and the 2021 AMG E53 delivers on all three fronts. Like the E53 sedan, the coupe is powered by a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six connected to an EQ Boost system featuring an integrated starter-generator and an electric auxiliary compressor. Total outputs come to 429 horsepower and 384 lb-ft of torque, which is unchanged from last year. The EQ system provides an extra 21 hp and 184 lb-ft to that output available low in the rev range for added torque-fill capability. Power is routed to the 4Matic+ all-wheel drive system via a nine-speed automatic transmission.

Mercedes-AMG claims the new coupe will go from 0-60 mph in about 4.3 seconds and top speed is electronically limited to 155 mph.

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Pricing And Competition

Like last year, the 2021 Mercedes-AMG E53 Coupe remains in a class of its own, with no BMW 6 Series left and no Cadillac CTS Coupe as there once was. This leaves the E53 Coupe is a position between the BMW M4 and the BMW 8 Series Coupe, while a more direct competitor in terms of size can be found in the more expensive Lexus LC 500.

For now, Mercedes has not released official pricing but we don't expect it to differ greatly from the 2020 model's base price of $74,950. Sales are expected to get underway in the very near future with first deliveries likely to happen before the end of the year.

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