AFFALTERBACH, Germany – The latest version of Mercedes’ E-Class has just been launched but already AMG, the automaker’s high-performance partner, has a twin-turbo, 295kW, three-litre V6 version capable of 295kW ready for production.
The all-wheel drive (31% front, 69% rear) Mercedes-AMG E43 4Matic will have its world premiere at the New York International Auto Show later this month (March 2016) and be the most powerful version of the executive sedan when it is reaches showrooms in September 2016.
The huge clout – 25% more than standard models – is delivered to the tar through a nine-speed auto transmission and the car rides on a tuned sports air suspension. Peak torque of 520Nm comes in at 2500rpm and the package promises 0-100km/h in 4.6sec. Top speed is governed to 250km/h.
Tobias Moers, CEO of Mercedes-AMG, told The Corner through a media release: “The new E43 4Matic has impressive driving dynamics but also cutting-edge efficiency.”
The fuel consumption claim is 8.3 litres/100km on the ‘combined cycle’.
Does the car look like an AMG product? Sure does, with three large openings in the front apron sending air to the intercoolers and cross fins on the outer openings. The diamond grille with chromed pins, a glossy black louvre and AMG lettering are other distinguishants.
The package rides on polished black 19″ AMG five-spoked alloy rims and at the rear are two chromed quad-flow exhausts tailpipes, a diffuser and a boot-lid spoiler.
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The driver and front passenger will be hugged by “man-made leather” and cloth sports seats accentuated by red stitching; the same faux leather is used on the doors and instrument panel, the roof-lining is black and the restraint belts are red.
And if fake leather is not your thing (The Corner certainly wouldn’t want it!) then the real thing is an option for upholstery; 20″ wheel rims are also on the list.
Black nappa leather is, however, standard on the multifunction sports steering-wheel, also with red stitching to match your restraint belts.
The AMG instruments include two tube-style round dials and an 11.4cm multifunction colour display.
Computertronics have accelerated shift times in the 9G-Tronic auto transmission which works with instant multiple downshifts; a “double declutch” function when Sport or Sport Plus modes are selected creates, AMG says, “an even more emotional driving experience”.
Yes, there are more shift programs: Manual, Eco and Comfort. Another yes: shift paddles on the steering column, though The Corner wonders how many people actually bother with them once the novelty has worn off… they do, though, hold the chosen gear.
The Air Body Control (Merc’s CAPS), the automaker explains, produces “more agility: neutral cornering and greater traction, even when driving at speed”. The Corner thinks that means the car stays flat through curves.
It all means, simply, that the driver can choose a range of modes and settings to cruise the boulevards of San Tropez, Cape Town or Los Angeles, thunder along the autobahns of Europe or hurtle around the Nürburgring’s Nordschleife – The Green Hell in the Eifel Mountains – the last making of the most of the AMG’s large brakes with internally ventilated compound discs.
Up front are 360x36mm with four4-piston fixed callipers and AMG lettering and at the rear 360x26mm discs with single-piston fixed callipers.