The Mercedes-AMG E43 a step up from the E300
Horsepower. It matters. That’s why the E43 AMG even exists. While the E300 has 241 horsepower, the E43 cranks that figure up to 396 HP from its 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6. While 396 is a good figure, it can’t compare to the 577 HP from the previous E63 AMG S. Acceleration figures are good too. The E43 AMG does 0-60 in 4.5 seconds thanks to the rear-biased 4matic system. That’s 1.8 seconds quicker to 60 than than the E300’s 6.3 seconds. The sole transmission on offer is a 9 speed automatic. Arriving in early 2017, the model features dual exhausts, 19 inch wheels, a new front bumper, and red accents. Combined they create a great looking vehicle, at least to our eyes.
From the Mercedes-Benz press release:
“The new Mercedes-AMG E43
First high-performance variant of the new E-Class
Affalterbach. Hot on the heels of the world premiere for the new Mercedes-Benz E-Class at the North American International Auto Show this January, the first high-performance variant of the new E-Class is already on the way from Mercedes-AMG. The Mercedes-AMG E43, boasting a 3.0-liter V6 Biturbo engine, will represent the most powerful variant of the luxury sedan when it hits dealerships by early 2017. This high-powered six-cylinder engine delivers an output of 396 hp and 384 lb-ft of torque. The AMG Performance 4MATIC four-wheel drive combines optimum traction with high agility on the AMG E43, thanks to rear-biased torque distribution with a front-to-rear ratio of 31:69 percent. The 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission with shorter shift times, AMG AIRMATIC Adaptive Sport Suspension and the more direct steering ratio also provide for signature AMG Driving Performance.
“The new AMG E43 offers impressive driving dynamics coupled with cutting-edge efficiency. Twin turbocharging, features adopted from motorsport and characteristic AMG design immediately indicate to our customers that the new E-Class from AMG offers pure Driving Performance coupled with cutting-edge technology and intense emotion,” notes Tobias Moers, CEO of Mercedes-AMG GmbH.
On the AMG E43, Mercedes-AMG has upgraded the six-cylinder engine’s output by 34 hp to 396 hp with the aid of two larger turbochargers and sophisticated AMG software. The ample peak torque of 384 lb-ft is available from a low engine speed of 2,500 rpms all the way through 5,000 rpms.
This package guarantees performance on par with many a sports car: the new AMG E43 achieves a 0-60 time in just 4.5 seconds, while its top speed is electronically limited to 155 mph.
The data at a glance:
Engine Displacement: V6 Biturbo 2996 cc
Output: 396 hp at 6100 rpm
Peak torque: 384 lb-ft at 2500-5000 rpm
Curb Weight: 4,145 lbs
Acceleration 0-60 mph: 4.5 s
Top speed: 155 mph (electronically limited)”