Mercedes-AMG decided that the Detroit Motor Show would be the ideal spot to reveal their new 53-series with the new Mercedes-AMG CLS 53 and E 53 Coupé and Cabriolet.
As the nomenclature suggests, these models bridge the gap between AMG’s pocket rocket 45-series and full bodied 63-series models.
These models focus much more on technological aspects of the drivetrain as all three models get a new, electrified, twin turbocharged 6-cylinder 3.0-litre engine with 435 hp (324 kW) and 520 Nm of torque. An EQ Boost starter-alternator provides an additional 16 kW of output and 250 Nm of torque to the combustion engine. This system is there to provide performance from standstill.
In terms of performance, the CLS 53 4MATIC+ accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in just 4.5 seconds, and can achieve top speeds of 270 km/h. The Mercedes-AMG E 53 4MATIC+ Coupe manages the sprint 0.1 seconds faster while the convertible mirrors the CLS in terms of performance.
All 53-series models will get the AMG Speedshift TCT 9G transmission (with the usual 5 Dynamic Select options) and a variable all-wheel drive system in the form of AMG Performance 4MATIC+.
As expected the 53-series need to be visually different so the Mercedes-AMG team fitted a twin-blade radiator grille, a distinctive front apron, AMG-specific side sill panels, a unique rear apron with diffuser insert and round exhaust tailpipe trim in high-gloss chrome. AMG offer a spoiler lip which can be fitted in carbon fibre as an optional extra.
Edition 1 models will be offered for the CLS 53 4MATIC+with Copper Art interior designs. This will give highlights in a fine copper colour, contrastic black nappa leather. These cars will also get carbon fibre trim elements and the Performance steering wheel with Edition badge.