The Detroit motor show saw the unveiling of the trio of new AMG models, that are expected to go on sale, soon. The CLS 53, E 53 Coupe and E 53 Cabriolet is powered by the new 3.0litre six-cylinder engine that features twin turbocharging by means of an electric compressor and an exhaust gas turbocharger. The in-line unit, which already powers the S 500 facelift, churns out 435hp at 6100rpm and 519Nm of torque from 1800rpm to 5800rpm. The performance is further boosted by an integrated starter/alternator which delivers an additional 22hp and 249Nm of torque for brief periods while also providing electric energy for a 48V electric system. On the other hand, the more conventional twin-turbo 3.0litre V6 used by the E43 sedan, delivers 400hp and the same 519Nm of torque.
The new mild-hybrid engine, which is planned for use in other AMG models over time, is mated to a standard nine-speed AMG Speedshift automatic gearbox and fully variable 4matic and four-wheel drive system. In the E 53 Coupe which weighs 1895kg, the new driveline can reach the 100kph mark from standstill in a claimed 4.4 seconds, while the E 53 Cabriolet (1980 kgs) and the CLS 53 (1905 kgs) can achieve the same speed in 5.3 seconds. The top speed for all the three new AMG models is 250kph.
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The three new 53-series AMG models are set to crown their individual line-ups. What distinguishes the CLS 53, E 53 Coupe and the E 53 Cabriolet from their standard siblings is a series of traditional AMG design elements, including a twin-blade grille, uniquely styled bumpers, wider sills and signature AMG tailpipes. The standard options on the new models are 19-inch wheels, with 20-inch rims. Coming to the interior, the hybrids boast of a new AMG performance steering wheel amongst other unique styling touches.