The 396HP Mercedes-AMG E43 Is Probably All You Really Need

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With Mercedes-AMG keen on spreading the wealth when it comes to under 5-second family cars, the latest addition to their family naturally stood at attention in New York.

Even though US customers are still about a year away from being able to drive home in the new E43, as it won't reach showrooms before early 2017, the promise of 396 HP (401 PS) and 384 lb-ft (520 Nm) of torque does have a very nice ring to it. And since the E-Class is Mercedes' golden car at the moment thanks to its wide range of tech features such as the autonomous functions, short of buying the yet hidden E63 version, this is pretty much the best you can do.

One thing we're able to take a better look at thanks to Mercedes bringing the E43 to New York are the daytime running lights which didn't stand out as much in the original press images - mainly due to bright lighting conditions.

The shape isn't any different than what we've seen in other new E-Class models, but add the E43's more aggressive stance and you'll come away with a more imposing super saloon.

Other than that, the "show car" had the same 19" alloys we knew from the press images, so as far as we can tell, it's the same car. Even the interior is identical - it has the same red contrast stitching.

All in all, the new Mercedes-AMG E43 is very powerful mid-size luxury saloon, with the ability to get from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in just 4.5 seconds. It should definitely "do" until its more powerful sibling steps in.