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396 HP 2017 Mercedes-AMG E43 Heads to New York

0-60 in an estimated 4.5 seconds

Kelly Pleskot
Mar 11, 2016

The 2017 Mercedes-AMG E43 offers a large boost in power over the standard E-Class and hits dealerships next year. But before then, we'll see it at the New York auto show.

The E43 receives a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6 with 396 hp (compared to the standard sedan's 241 hp). Peak torque of 384 lb-ft is available from a low engine speed of 2,500 rpm through 5,000 rpm. According to Mercedes, the all-wheel-drive model's rear-biased torque distribution with a front-to-rear ratio of 31:69 percent should help increase agility.

2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class
$52,150 Base Model (MSRP) 22/30 MPG Fuel Economy

Mercedes estimates the sedan should hit 60 mph in 4.5 seconds. Top speed is electronically limited to 155 mph.

2017 Mercedes AMG E43 front end in motion Photo 2/11   |   2017 Mercedes AMG E43 front end in motion

Along with all-wheel drive, the model boasts a nine-speed automatic transmission and AMG air sport suspension. Drivers can choose between different modes to alter the response of the engine, transmission, suspension, and steering.

The performance sedan also features a single-stage transfer case that is flange-mounted on the nine-speed as a separate system, reducing weight compared to previous vehicles that had the transfer case integrated into a seven-speed transmission. Despite those weight savings, the model still weighs in at 4,145 pounds.

Design-wise, the E43 features 19-inch black wheels (optional 20-inch wheels), a diamond grille with chromed pins, quad-flow exhaust tips, a rear diffuser plated in silver chrome, and a subtle spoiler lip. Inside the cabin, look for red contrast stitching along the seats, doors, and dashboard. The look complements red seat belts, a sport steering wheel, and optional Nappa leather.

The E43 will be on display at the New York auto show, which starts March 23.

Source: Mercedes-Benz

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