Early this week the new Mercedes E-Klasse AMG was launched. No it’s not the E63 AMG, but new E43 AMG. The E43 is a brand new name in the AMG portofolio and is created for the buyers who want a performance car but want something discreet, not something so obvious like the E63 AMG
It’s only a semi AMG variant, mind – the full-fat E63 is yet to come. Which means instead of an outrageously powered twin-turbo V8 under the bonnet, the E43 employs a 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 (not, as the name might suggest, a 4.3-litre).
The six clinder (V6) engine makes 401bhp, 34bhp more than the diesel E400. But, thanks to those new, bigger turbos, a hefty 384lb ft of torque is available from just 2500rpm. That power and torque is split between all four wheels via the 4matic system (admittedly a front-to-rear ratio of 31:69) and sent through Mercedes nine-speed auto gearbox to see a 0-62mph time of 4.6 seconds. As ever, top speed is electronically limited to 155mph.