Mercedes-AMG choices for South African drivers have been expanded with the introduction of the 53-series models featuring a new electrified 3,0-litre in-line engine with twin turbos.
The CLS, E-Class Coupé and E-Class Cabriolet all offer the new engine that produces an output of 320 kW and develops a peak torque of 520 Nm. Its EQ Boost starter generator temporarily delivers an additional output of 16 kW as well as 250 Nm of torque. It also powers the 48-volt on-board electrical system.
The EQ Boost starter generator combines a starter and an alternator in one powerful electric motor that sits between the engine and the transmission. With its assistance, the electric auxiliary compressor can build up high boost pressure without delay. This means the torque available for acceleration increases more rapidly, until the large exhaust-driven turbo-charger kicks in. The 3,0-litre engine reacts extremely promptly and provides highly dynamic response without turbo lag.
The CLS 53 4MATIC+ accelerates to 100 km/h in 4,5 seconds and with the Driver’s Package reaches a top speed of 270 km/h. The E 53 4MATIC+ Coupé and Cabriolet accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in just 4,4 seconds and 4,5 seconds respectively and, with the Driver’s Package reaches a top speed of 270 km/h.
The engine is coupled with the AMG Speedshift TCT 9G transmission that boasts short shift times, fast response to shift paddle commands, double-declutching function and multiple downshifts. Whether automatic or initiated by the driver using the steering wheel shift paddles, upshifts or downshifts are implemented instantly.
Also part of the standard specification is the AMG Performance 4MATIC+ all-wheel drive. The fully variable torque split between the front and rear axles ensures optimum traction and a high directional stability and safety in all conditions. The switch from rear wheel to all-wheel drive and back occurs continuously, because the intelligent control is incorporated into the overall vehicle systems architecture.
The interior of the new AMG models has model-specific exclusive appointments, luxurious materials and significantly expanded options. The optional Widescreen Cockpit has a large display with virtual gauges to serve as the instrument cluster in the driver’s direct line of vision, as well as a central display above the centre console.
The fully digital cockpit allows the driver to choose the look from the three different display styles and also configure the information and relevant views at will.
With the five Dynamic Select drive modes, the driver can tailor the characteristics of the new 53-series models even more to suit personal preferences at the press of a button. The available range extends from efficient and comfortable to very sporty. This modifies key parameters, such as the response of the engine, transmission, suspension and steering.
Independently of the Dynamic Select drive programs, the driver has the option of pressing the ‘M’ button to switch directly to manual mode, in which gearshifts are executed exclusively using the shift paddles on the steering wheel. The suspension set-ups can also be selected if desired.