Wasn’t it just a couple of months ago when the all-new Mercedes-Benz E-Class bowed and wowed the motoring world? Packed to the hilt with cutting-edge technology, the stately sedan shows the way of the future for Mercedes-Benz and the industry as a whole. But now, there’s a new variant that enters the fray. And this one calls out to the driving enthusiast: the Mercedes-AMG E43 4Matic.
The latest model to come out of Affalterbach gives the otherwise dignified E-Class executive sedan a lot of sporting prowess. At the heart of the new E43 4Matic is the vaunted 3.0-liter bi-turbo V6 that packs a rousing 401hp at 6,100rpm, and 520Nm spread out between 2,500rpm and 5,000rpm. Mated to the patented 9G-Tronic nine-speed gearbox, the sporty sedan rockets from zero to 100kph in 4.6 seconds, before hitting an electronically governed top speed of 250kph.
Apart from straight-line speed, agility and control are ensured by speed-sensitive sports steering that gives instant and direct feedback on the move. The variable-ratio system assures precise directional control, especially at high speeds. The sporty suspension with Air Body control gives an optimum balance between ride comfort and on-the-edge handling. The technologically advanced 4Matic all-wheel drive system assures all-weather drivability and nimble performance when going all out. And of course, internally ventilated brakes provide powerful stopping force.
A couple of notable features that this car has can be found in the gearbox. That nine-speed system has multiple downshift control that gives lightning-quick reactions when one needs a sudden burst of speed. Meanwhile, the double-declutching feature makes drivers look like professionals when decelerating in either Sport or Sport Plus mode. Of course, Dynamic Select lets drivers choose between Eco, Comfort, Sport, Sport Plus and Individual settings for the ultimate in tailor-fit driving. It’s the perfect way to tune your E43 to your liking.
And with today’s market seemingly bent on appearances, the Mercedes-AMG E43 4Matic won’t have any trouble winning buyers over. The front is immediately recognizable by the three large ducts on the lower apron. Chrome pins, gloss-black louvers, and distinctive AMG lettering enhance the diamond grille. The rear is highlighted by a silver-accent diffuser, complemented by a discreet lip spoiler and chrome quad-flow dual exhausts that add a sporty vibe. Finally, glossy black 19-inch five-spoke alloy wheels complete the look.
Needless to say, the interior is an oasis of calm with a touch of sportiness. The body-hugging sports seats are wrapped in Artico leather and Dinamica microfiber, while a slew of creature comforts abound, either as standard or optional extras. The driver even gets a flat-bottom sports steering wheel that is wrapped in black nappa leather and accented by red stitching. It is the perfect mix between sports car and executive sedan.
And that’s what we love about the Mercedes-AMG E43 4Matic. Just like the older E63 AMG, this new offering is practically Clark Kent at one point, transforming into Superman at the driver’s command.