2017 Mercedes-AMG E43, Mercedes-AMG E43, E43, AMG

The Next-Generation E-Class Gets Its First AMG Model

Good news! Mercedes-Benz has announced an AMG model for the new E-Class. The bad news. It isn't the crazy E63.

Instead, Mercedes pulled the curtain back on the 2017 Mercedes-AMG E43. Following in the footsteps of the C43, the E43 packs a 3.0L twin-turbo V6 producing 396 horsepower and 384 pound-feet of torque. Those with keen eyes will note the E43 has a higher horsepower rating than the C43. That is because AMG used larger turbos and revised software for the engine. A nine-speed automatic and a rear-biased version of Mercedes' 4Matic all-wheel drive finish off the powertrain. Mercedes quotes a 0-60 mph time of 4.3 seconds and a governed top speed of 155 mph.

Under the skin, the E43 boasts a new air suspension with three-mode adjustable dampers, stronger steering knuckles, and a quad tip exhaust. Outside, the E43 gets a new front end with a diamond-patterned grille and bumper with larger openings to improve air flow. There is also a set of 19-inch wheels and a rear diffuser.

"The new AMG E43 offers impressive driving dynamics coupled with cutting-edge efficiency. Twin turbocharging, features adopted from motorsport and characteristic AMG design immediately indicate to our customers that the new E-Class from AMG offers pure Driving Performance coupled with cutting-edge technology and intense emotion," said Tobias Moers, CEO of Mercedes-AMG GmbH in a statement.

Mercedes-Benz will officially debut the 2017 E43 later this month at the New York Auto Show. Sales begin early next year.

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