BMW doesn’t waste any time. The first high-performance variant of the impressive E-Class is already on the way from Mercedes-AMG. It’s the Mercedes-AMG E43 and it will be the most powerful, sportiest, E-Class model with its 3.0-liter V6 Biturbo engine under the hood.
BMW says the six-cylinder engine delivers 396 horses along with 384 pound-feet of torque thanks to the two large turbochargers. (That’s quite a bit more than the 241 horses you get from the E300’s turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder.)
The AMG Performance 4MATIC four-wheel drive combines optimum traction with high agility on the AMG E43, thanks to rear-biased torque distribution with a front-to-rear ratio of 31:69 percent. The 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission with shorter shift times, AMG AIRMATIC Adaptive Sport Suspension and the more direct steering ratio also provide for signature AMG Driving Performance.
So let’s talk speed, which isn’t too shabby. It will hit 0-60 in 4.5 seconds. Its top speed is limited to 155 mpg.
As for wheels, they’re 19-inch AMG five-spoke light-alloy wheels painted in high-gloss black. The rear end features two chrome-plated quad-flow exhaust tailpipes. The rear diffusor comes in silver chrome, while the standard-specification spoiler lip on the trunk lid is painted body color.
Inside, BMW says it’s improved lateral support in the seats. The upholstery in MB-Tex/DINAMICA (optional: nappa leather) features red topstitching. The door center panels, dashboard and steering wheel with Touch Control, also get the red treatment. Exclusive pedals, a black roof lining and red seat belts add more sporty highlights. The AMG instrument cluster delivers info on a fully-digital, high-resolution 12.3” display.
Mercedes-AMG unveiled the E-Class at the Detroit Auto Show in December. The AMG E43 will get its own world debut in New York later this month and will arrive by early 2017.