EQ Boost mild-hybrid technology is the route to power and efficiency.
Both Coupe and Cabriolet receive visual and the full AMG treatment.
New generation MBUX twin-12.3-inch screen are standard.
An AMG Mercedes-Benz vehicle is without a doubt the ultimate expression of performance and luxury. In the new E-Class Coupe and Cabriolet’s cases, with the full AMG treatment, are some of the most desirable 2-door Mercedes-AMG products available. For 2021, the new E 53 Coupe and Cabrio are updated with all the right elements, from more performance, technology and styling.
Any AMG vehicle is immediately identifiable as being part of the rarefied family simply by its styling. The new AMG E 53 Coupe and Cabriolet are no different. Front ends are now fitted with flatter all-LED headlights which proudly on each side of the new A-shaped AMG diamond radiator grille that widens near the bumper. Just above sits the twin “powerdomed” bonnet that enhances the typical and powerful AMG fascia.
The standard 19-inch wheels are new and can be replaced by 5-twin-spoke 20-inch wheels. The rear trunk lid is adorned with an integrated spoiler which is painted body colour or optionally, in carbon fibre. There are two new shades available that were previously reserved for the GT cars: Graphite grey metallic and matte brilliant blue magno. Around back, the E 53s feature the now signature twin round tailpipe as part of the lower bumper’s trim elements. Unfortunately, like most other AMG vehicles, the tailpipes are fake.
The power, however, is not. Based on the E 450, the AMG 53 earns 429-horsepower and 384 lb.-ft. of torque from the massaged turbocharged 3.0-litre 6-cylinder engine. To complement this output, the cars benefit from Mercedes-Benz’s EQ Boost 48-volt mild-hybrid technology which, in part, serves to completely cut out turbo-lag. The latter delivers a temporary 21-horsepower and 184 lb.-ft. of torque boost when required. With the standard 4MATIC+ AWD and AMG SPEEDSHIFT TCT 9G transmission, the Mercedes-AMG E 53 Coupe crushes the 0-100 km/h sprint in only 4.4 seconds.
As always, power is nothing without control and, in a Mercedes product’s case, comfort. Included in the mix is the AMG RIDE CONTROL+ air suspension with adjustable dampers ADS+ which make short work of any and all driver and surface demands. Through the AMG DYNAMIC SELECT drive programs, the car can go from a cruiser to a bruiser in an instant thanks to the “Slippery”, “Comfort”, “Sport”, “Sport+” and “Individual” drive modes. For the first time, a non-V8 AMG can be optionally set up with the AMG Track Package that adds the RACE drive program with Drift Mode, red-painted brakes calipers, and the AMG Performance steering wheel covered in DINAMICA microfibre includes steering wheel buttons for fast control of the drive programs.
While we’re on board, the new 2021 Mercedes-AMG E 53 Coupe and Cabriolet gain the twin large 12.3-inch screens as part of Benz’s MBUX multimedia technology but that’s just the beginning. The Nappa leather AMG-specific design seats blend strong lateral support and comfort for long journeys. There are three distinct AMG instrument displays: “Modern Classic”, “Sport” and “Supersport”. The latter features a centrally-mounted rev counter and through the menu, Engine Data, gear speed indicator, Warm-up, Set-up, G-Meter, and RACETIMER can be displayed. The AMG Performance steering wheel is all-new. Its spokes hold a number of controls that, with the help of haptic sensing aids around the symbols, operate the instrument cluster and media display, among other functions.
The new 2021 Mercedes-AMG E 53 Coupe and Cabriolet are expected late this year or in early 2021. Pricing to come at a later date.