Mercedes-AMG E43 is the 396-HP Luxury Sedan You've Been Waiting For

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

The Mercedes-AMG E43 has been unveiled ahead of its official debut at the 2016 New York Auto Show.

After the new Mercedes-Benz E-Class bowed at the Detroit Auto Show this January, the German automaker will unleash its entry-level variant from AMG sporting 396 horsepower and 384 pound-feet of torque.

With a 3.0-liter biturbo V6 engine under the hood, the Mercedes-AMG E43 will be the most powerful variant of the luxury sedan when it arrives in dealerships early next year, for the time being. Naturally, you can expect that Mercedes-AMG is working on even more hardcore version sporting the E63 nameplate.

Compared to its predecessor, the new Mercedes-AMG E43 has 34 more ponies and has a zero-to-60 time of 4.5 seconds, while its top speed is electronically limited to 155 mph.

The E43 variant will feature AMG’s 4MATIC four-wheel drive with rear-biased torque distribution resulting in a front-to-rear ratio of 31:69 percent. The powerplant is mated to a 9G-Tronic automatic transmission and other signature AMG components include Airmatic Adaptive Sport Suspension and a more direct steering ratio.

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On the outside, several touches have been applied to give the AMG model a more distinct appearance, including three large openings in the front bumper to ensure optimum airflow to the car’s coolers. The diamond grille is accented by chrome pins and 19-inch AMG wheels finished in high-gloss black are bolted onto each corner. In the rear are two chrome-plated quad-flow exhaust tips, while the rear diffuser comes standard in silver chrome.

The interior is as sporty as it is luxurious with MB-Tex/Dinamica accented by red top stitching. Customers can also order optional nappa leather for a more refined cabin. The door center panels and dash are also finished in MB-Tex with red stitching while exclusive pedals, a black roof lining and red seat belts offer sporty highlights.

“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,” notes Tobias Moers, CEO of Mercedes-AMG GmbH.

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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at AutoGuide.com saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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  • Constantine IV Constantine IV on Mar 11, 2016

    EPA estimates?

  • Nauticalone Nauticalone on Mar 11, 2016

    My sister has a 2010 E350 which does drive nicely (euro spec with console shifter). These newer column mounted gear selector equals no sale to me! I stick with the Audi A6 (supercharged and console shift...yes!)

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