« Back Mercedes E53 AMG Saloon
When the new Mercedes E-Class was launched it impressed with the sleek looks, masses of space, tonnes of tech and keen drive. But we car enthusiasts waited with baited breath and finally we were rewarded with the E63S, a 600hp monster. Then AMG surprised with a V6 engined AMG called the E43 to give the AMG drive but with slightly nicer running costs. That engine has departed now though and has made way for the new E53 - it uses a slick new 3.0 litre turbocharged straight-six engine which has a 48V electrical system which allows for the engine’s normal 429bhp to be boosted by 22bhp for short bursts, while torque is boosted to 770Nm too. This is known as a ‘mild-hybrid’ system but it’s all about performance, not economy. So you get huge amounts of performance from the car, in fact a lot better than the previous E43, with seamless acceleration and a silky straight-six growl. This could very well be the pick of the E-Class range, with all the performance you could ever need without the painful running costs of the twin turbo V8 in the E63S. Nice work Mercedes!