Mercedes-AMG is spreading the use of their new twin-turbo’d V6 mill on the new E-Class sedan with the creation of the E43 AMG performance model that will have its world premiere at the New York Auto Show later this month.
The new 2017 E43 AMG is the more affordable, smaller-engined and less powerful baby brother of the upcoming, high-performance E63 AMG, with the two models to share similar chassis improvements.
Whereas the next E63 AMG will get a 4.0-liter twin-turbo pushing around 600 horses, the new E43 AMG adopts the sport division’s 3.0-liter bi-turbocharged V6 found in a number of models, ranging from the new C43 AMG to the AMG GLE 450 Coupe (soon to be renamed AMG GLE 43 Coupe).
On the AMG E43, Mercedes-AMG engineers squeezed another 34hp from the V6 through the use of larger turbochargers and an updated ECU, lifting output to 396hp (401PS), while maintaining the same 384 lb-ft of peak torque as in the other ‘43’ models.
A rear-biased AMG Performance 4MATIC four-wheel drive system with a front-to-rear ratio of 31:69 percent works together with a standard 9-speed 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission with shorter shift times to help the E43 reach 60mph in 4.5 seconds (0-100km/h in 4.6 sec) and on to an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph (250km/h).
Accompanying the E43 sedan’s under hood changes is an improved chassis with a standard AMG AIRMATIC Adaptive Sport Suspension, a more direct, speed-sensitive steering ratio and a larger braking system with internally ventilated compound brake discs.
On the outside, AMG took a ‘Q-car’ like approach with a handful of discreet aero and styling improvements such as the bespoke 19-inch alloy wheels, a diamond grille with chrome pins, a re-profiled front bumper with larger air-inlets, and a barely visible rear diffuser incorporating stealthy blacked out quad tail pipes.
The same approach was followed in the interior that gains a flat-bottom multifunction sports steering wheel, red stitching throughout, and an AMG instrument cluster.
While we’re going to see the new E43 AMG for the first time in a couple of weeks in New York, the car won’t go on sale in the USA before the beginning of 2017.