The Mercedes E-Class AMG has always been one of the pinnacle super saloons of the world. In recent years, Mercedes has been injecting more and more steroids into the vehicle - to the point where the current four wheel drive variant can crack 0-60MPH in just a hair over three seconds. That, it could be argued, is almost too quick for real-world use, and thus in 2016 the E43 AMG was born: a V6-powered Diet Coke AMG car.
Despite being a hit amongst enthusiasts and journalists worldwide for its playful character and snorting V6 soundtrack, Mercedes has already killed off the E43. You can rejoice, however, because it has been replaced by the all-new E53 AMG.
Out goes the admired V6 engine, and in comes a new straight six unit. With 429BHP on tap, it's slightly more powerful than the E43, but the real headline comes from its clever new 48V mild hybrid system.
Naturally the new system will help bring down fuel consumption to fit in today's eco-conscious world, but with this being an AMG car, the real highlight will be the extra boost of performance the system will bring. In short bursts, the system is able to deliver an extra 21BHP and 184LB/FT of torque, so expect this machine to be a monster overtaker on the motorways...
All this contributes to a 0-60 time of just 4.5 seconds, which is two-tenths quicker than the old E43, and a predictably limited top speed of 155MPH. The downside to all this fancy new kit, however, is a notable increase in the price of the car. Starting at £61,000, the new E53 AMG isn't exactly an 'affordable AMG' anymore, representing a £15,000 price increase over the E43. With that being said though, I'm sure most AMG buyers aren't particularly sensitive to prices.
Lovers of the traditional non-hybrid V6 motor can breathe a sigh of relief for now, as the block isn't being killed off just quite yet. It will continue to serve well in the C43 AMG, but even that car is expected to be replaced by this new 48V setup in the future.