Mercedes Gives Its New E-Class Some Much-Needed Power: This Is The AMG E43


Because a twin-turbo V6 is always better than a turbo-four.

If you were one of the many people who saw the new Mercedes-Benz E-Class and thought, “it looks great but needs more power” then you’ll be happy to know that the AMG E43 has just broken cover. The tuned four-door is set to debut at the 2016 New York Auto Show but in true automaker fashion Mercedes decided to show it off a bit early. The base E-Class has a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder unit capable of 241 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque. The AMG E43’s engine is just a bit beefier.

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Under the hood is a 3.0-liter bi-turbo V6 good for 396 horsepower and 384 lb-ft of torque. A run from 0 to 60 mph takes 4.5 seconds and its top speed is electronically limited to 155 mph. Power is sent to all four wheels via Mercedes’ 4MATIC system with a front-rear bias of 31:69. In terms of looks, the AMG and regular E-Class aren't very far apart. It certainly looks a bit meaner and sleeker, in part thanks to those massive 19-inch alloy wheels, but rest assured that the AMG E43 won’t sell you out as a boy racer disguised as a businessman. The chrome quad exhaust, silver chrome rear diffuser and trunk lid spoiler might, though. Inside there are sport seats, a flat-bottom sport steering wheel, exclusive pedals and red seat belts, among many other features.

The 9G-TRONIC (a nine-speed auto) has five driving modes: Eco, Comfort, Sport, Sport Plus and Individual. Drivers can modify the Adaptive Damping System by switching between its three modes, Comfort, Sport and Sport Plus. If you're someone who demands options for everything then you'll be happy to know that you can select either "Comfort" or "Sport" power steering assistance. We'll know more about the new Mercedes-AMG E43 when it hits the New York Auto Show at the end of the month. For now just enjoy these photos and practice being patient.