And there are extra AMGs than ever, with forty seven totally different variants within the U.S. — almost each mannequin variant within the Mercedes-Benz lineup has at the very least one AMG trim. It is all a bit complicated, to be trustworthy. That stated, within the E-Class lineup, there is a large gulf in each price and efficiency between the burliest non-AMG E 450 at roughly $60,000 and the highest canine E sixty three S that is over $one hundred,000. And that is the place the E 53 matches in, a lot inexpensive and exhausting edged than the E sixty three S however providing a novel powertrain and different upgrades over the extra pedestrian E 450.
Within the E 53, the engine (codenamed M256) is a turbocharged inline-six paired with a forty eight-volt delicate-hybrid system, that is available in two flavors within the U.S. — a 362 horsepower variants for automobiles just like the CLS 450, and a 429 hp and 384 pound-ft of torque variant discovered within the E 53 triplets. The gasoline engine is not hand-constructed like the dual-turbo four.zero-liter within the AMG 63s, however it’s a technological marvel — and a finalist for our 2019 Know-how of the Yr award. This silky-clean straight-six’s get together trick is the way it makes use of the hybrid system to enhance efficiency and effectivity, each on paper and in the actual world.
The important thing piece of tech right here is the built-in starter — EQ Increase in Mercedes-converse — resting between the engine and the 9-velocity automated transmission and is the primary element within the forty eight-volt system. In AMG 53 fashions, it powers an auxiliary electric compressor — principally an electric turbocharger — that feeds into a standard twin-scroll turbo. The EQ Increase system can present 21 horsepower and 184 pound-ft of torque for brief durations, virtually utterly eliminating turbo lag because the compressor does not depend on the exhaust to construct increase. Whereas different automobiles use electrical energy to spice up efficiency — the Acura NSX being a great instance — most channel it by means of a number of electric motors. The Mercedes system is comparatively novel, and admittedly quite complicated.
From behind the wheel that complexity does not actually matter a lot, since nailing the throttle offers the graceful, seamless response of a naturally-aspirated engine. It is fast — zero to 60 mph in four.four seconds within the sedan and cabriolet, four.three within the coupe — however not shockingly so. The hills and curving roads round Napa proved that the inline-six offers simply the correct quantity of energy for the street. It by no means feels over- or undertaxed.
Some from final week in Napa with the E53 and CLS53. @MercedesAMG’s new inline-six is a peach. Hoping it makes it is option to the C-Class someday quickly. @therealautoblog pic.twitter.com/2q4JuystIK
— Reese Counts (@rmcounts) April three, 2019
All E 53s use the rear-biased AMG Efficiency 4MATIC+ all-wheel drive system, which usually sends one hundred% of energy rearward however can shift as much as 50% forwards if wanted. Whereas grippy, the rear-drive bias does permit for some slip and average quantities of oversteer. Brake late, flip in, and the E 53 responds swiftly and eagerly. The steering is fast and talkative and interprets the car’s mass and the street floor with out feeling overly heavy (although the ratio and weight can each be adjusted with numerous driving modes). Physique roll is stored in examine because of the AMG Sport Suspension and air springs.
There is no getting round the truth that these are heavy automobiles — between four,341 and four,566 lbs, relying on the physique configuration. However then once more, so is each different competitor. The adjustable suspension system permits the E 53 to be snug when cruising and taut once you need to push it. There have been a couple of off-camber areas the place the car felt a bit mild and unnerved, supplying you with that mild-in-the-seat feeling, however it nothing harrowing.
The transmission is likely one of the best torque-converter models we have examined, proper there with the fantastic ZF 8HP that is in rattling close to every little thing today. Shifts are fast and clean, and the transmission is smart sufficient to be in the best gear when left to its personal units. The twin-clutch transmission on extra highly effective AMGs may shift faster, however this model strikes a very good stability between efficiency and refinement and feels decidedly previous-faculty AMG within the best kind of means.
There is a toggle change behind the cupholders that adjusts the 5 totally different drive modes: Eco, Consolation, Sport, Sport+ and Particular person. Every mode modifications the car’s throttle, steering, suspension, transmission and exhaust. The Particular person setting lets you pre-program you desired setup, and there are devoted buttons for the suspension and exhaust that permit the pair to be adjusted in any drive mode.
The E 53 sounds actually good, a minimum of with the lively exhaust valves open. In any other case it’s kind of too quiet for one thing sporting the AMG badge. Some might contemplate the subdued nature a superb factor, however we want it was louder at idle, and much more boisterous with the valves open. AMGs are alleged to have huge, burly exhaust notes to counter their conservative styling, and the E 53 simply does not ship the aural pleasure we have come to anticipate. The four.zero-liter twin-turbo V8 within the E sixty three pops, snarls and howls, however it’s $30,000 greater than the $seventy two,550 E 53 sedan and never at present out there within the $seventy three,seven hundred coupe or $eighty,350 cabriolet. (Apparently, you will get the four.zero-liter within the smaller C sixty three coupe and cabriolet.)
The quiet nature does make this an ideal GT, and that could be the place this AMG shines. The forty eight-volt system runs all of the equipment, so there is no belts operating off the engine. This reduces vibration, already comparatively low because of the inherent stability of the inline-six configuration, and improved fuel financial system. The system permits for “crusing,” which means the engine can shut off at freeway speeds underneath low-load conditions. The forty eight-volt system can hearth the engine again up right away – there isn’t any shudder or delay when the beginning/cease system is engaged, be it on the freeway or at a visitors mild. Cruising on the freeway is a delight because of the engine’s refinement, relaxed suspension and supportive seats.
AMG, each as a model and as a way, has modified rather a lot over the previous decade or two. The exclusivity is now misplaced because of the breadth of the AMG portfolio. Nonetheless, they do really feel totally different and much more potent than extra pedestrian Mercedes-Benz merchandise with out dropping any of the refinement. Whereas BMW’s M division (with some notable exceptions) has misplaced a few of its edge in recent times, Mercedes-AMG has stepped up its recreation.
The E 53 won’t be as forceful and loud as different AMGs, however with its mixture of efficiency, consolation and effectivity, it is extra nicely-rounded and a implausible worth at in comparison with the E sixty three S. It loses a few of the specialness you get with the highest-degree AMGs, however the E 53 nonetheless looks like a correct transformation slightly than a half-hearted improve. Greater than something, although, the brand new inline-six is an actual peach. It is greater than only a worthy alternative for the dual-turbo V6; It is a step ahead for the interior combustion engine and honors many years of inline-six historical past in a completely trendy approach.
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