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New mild-hybrid Mercedes-AMG 53-series breaks cover

New mild-hybrid Mercedes-AMG 53-series breaks cover

Mercedes-AMG has announced a new 450bhp twin-turbocharged straight-six, petrol-hybrid engine that will be installed in the company's new CLS coupe-saloon and E-class coupe and cabriolet models. The electric motor generates the additional 21bhp ad 184lb ft of torque, the latter combining with the internal combustion engine's 383lb ft. The latter not only charges the electric motor through the car's 48 volt electrical system but also provides near instantaneous maximum torque from idle to eliminate any lag until the larger exhaust driven turbo is up to speed.

Mercedes' performance-arm is increasing its offerings with the introduction of three new 53-series variants which will cap-off the CLS and E-Class model range.

According to Mercedes-AMG, the CLS 53 4Matic+ blitzes from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.5 seconds and can reach a top speed of 270 km/h (168 mph) (with the Driver's package).

Additional parts included on AMG's new -53 models include an AMG Performance steering wheel, a three-mode air suspension system and big, 14.6-inch front brakes (the rears are almost as big, measuring 14.2 inches). In addition, the hybrid system also allows the 53 models to "glide" with the engine off under very light throttle loads, while stop/start is said to be "virtually imperceptible". While the latter continuously monitors traction and grip across both axles and each driven wheel allowing it to run in fully four-wheel drive or rear-wheel drive, unlike the E63's driveline you cannot turn all the driver aids off to create a 450bhp rear-wheel drive saloon-coupe.

2019 Mercedes-AMG CLS53
2019 Mercedes-AMG CLS53Enlarge

If you want to buy into the Mercedes-AMG lineup without spending six figures on an obscenely powerful auto, the mid-tier -43 range is for you. All AMG 53 cars get an air suspension, with Comfort, Sport, and Sport+ settings built into the cars' Dynamic Select drive modes. Inside, there is a new AMG performance steering wheel among other unique interior styling touches.

As for the E-Class models, the AMG E53 represents a healthy increase in power over the E400's 329 hp and 354 lb-ft of torque.

Stopping power falls on the shoulders of front perforated and ventilated brake discs (370 x 36 mm) with four-piston calipers and rear ventilated rotors (360 x 26 mm) with single piston floating calipers. The E 53 4MATIC Coupe manages the sprint in 4.4 seconds and the Cabriolet completes the dash in 4.5 seconds.

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