Mercedes introduces AMG E43 4Matic, first performance version packs a 396-hp biturbo V6

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The German automaker has decided to take the wraps off the first enhanced version of the W213 E Class generation, which carries the Mercedes-AMG E43 4Matic moniker.

The model retains the severe appearance of the regular E Class executive sedan but packs a bigger punch thanks to the E43 livery and standard all-wheel-drive 4MATIC system that comes with a tail-happy configuration (31 front and 69 percent back). We could easily mistake the E43 for a standard E Class (those are also available with AMG line customizations, so we may be excused) if it weren’t for the quad exhaust setup at the back – this is a very modern sleeper case. The elegance shouldn’t fool anyone as there are 396 hp lurking underneath that hood thanks to the meaty biturbo 3.0-liter V6 engine. It also packs 384 pound-feet (520 Newton meters) of torque from 2,500 rpm and Mercedes-AMG says the 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) run is done in 4.5 seconds (0-62 mph / 0-100 km/h in 4.6 seconds). Of course, there’s an electronic top speed guard in place, which limits the maximum velocity to 155 mph (250 km/h).

The E43 setup is similar to the C43 version, but in this case the bigger class also means more power – 34 hp, though the torque figure has remained unmodified. The Mercedes-AMG E43 4Matic tips the scales at a hefty 1,840 kilograms (driver, luggage, 90% fuel tank included) and will only offer the model in combination with a nine-speed automatic transmission adapted for the higher power output. There are also 19-inch five-spoke AMG wheels with a high-gloss black finish, but the eager clients can go up to the optional 20-inch wheels featuring a two-tone finish.

The handling is enhanced via the 360 x 36 mm front discs with four-piston calipers and 360 x 26 mm rear discs and sports suspension based on AMG’s latest iteration of the Air Body Control multi-chamber air suspension system – it also packs adaptive damping with presets: Comfort, Sport, and Sport Plus modes. The model is set to debut during the upcoming New York Auto Show and orders will be placed after June 20 in Europe. The Old Continent deliveries will kick off in September while the US market will have to wait a little longer until the first part of 2017.