New Mercedes-AMG CLS53 Is A Mild Hybrid, But Is It A Full-On AMG?

The ever expanding lineup of Mercedes AMG models is now including the new 53-series models which are powered by a hybrid powertrain.

The very idea of a hybrid doesn’t sound very fitting to the AMG’s ethos in theory, but the practice tells a different story.

The new powertrain, which debuts under the bonnet of the AMG CLS53, combines a turbocharged 3.0-liter straight-six with the company’s EQ Boost starter-alternator that also powers the 48-volt electrical system.

The EQ Boost starter-alternator also provides an additional 21hp and 184lb-ft (250Nm) of torque to the engine’s output. The engine itself makes use of a traditional turbocharger, along with an electric compressor that’s responsible with eliminating any turbo lag, offering high charge pressure from the get-go.

The combined output of this high-tech and complex powertrain is 435hp and 383lb-ft (520Nm). Power goes to all four wheels via a nine-speed automatic transmission and AMG claims a 0-62mph (0-100km/h) time in 4.5 seconds and a top speed of 167mph (270km/h).

The CLS53 was never meant to offer the full brutality of the 63-badged models; instead, it serves as the middle child in AMG’s range, sitting between the 43 and 63.

The question though remains: Is the Mercedes-AMG CLS53 a proper AMG? Autocar delivers its first driving impressions on the video linked below.

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  • Charles Lane

    The 53 does NOT sit between the 43 and 63. The 53 engine are replacing the 43 engine as its rolled out among the different models.

  • Evan McMaster

    No. No it is not

  • Kagan

    Fix the nose and the butt bumpers and it becomes nice!

  • SteersUright

    He seems so bored with this CLS somehow.

    • Jim Ragland

      He is…it’s not the full-bore AMG, and the car is just lovely and we all know what that means. He talked about the AMG GT so much and I”m thinking why aren’t you driving it instead…lol

  • botornot387

    Does it really matter? AMG decided to water down their name, brand equity, and mass produce years ago. AMG doesn’t stand for any sort of exclusivity, but rather just a higher performance designation. Most people don’t know many AMG models aren’t true AMG cars because you have most of them running around as 43 AMG models. In this case, the 53 parallels that as AMG has stated they aren’t working on an AMG model for the CLS because they are focusing on the AMG GT4

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