E53 Coupé is the trio’s quickest: 0-62mph in 4.4sec
Power comes from a new 3.0-litre six-cylinder engine featuring twin turbocharging
Inside, there's a new AMG performance steering wheel, among other unique interior styling touches
The trio of new AMG models will go on UK sale in autumn...
...at prices expected to start at around £60,000 and extend to more than £70,000
Petrol 3.0 six makes 429bhp
CLS53 is reined in at 155mph, just like its 53 siblings
There are no plans for full-blown 63-series models in the E-Class Coupé...
...E-Class Cabriolet and new CLS ranges
E53 Cabriolet has the same 5.3sec 0-62mph as CLS53
Unveiled at the Detroit motor show, the trio of new AMG models will go on UK sale in autumn at prices expected to start at around £60,000 and extend to more than £70,000.
AMG chairman Tobias Moers said: “With the new 53-series models, we are extending our portfolio in the first step towards a hybridised future.”
Power for the CLS53, E53 Coupé and E53 Cabriolet hails from a new 3.0-litre six- cylinder engine featuring twin turbocharging by means of an electric compressor and an exhaust gas turbocharger.
The in-line unit, which already powers the facelifted S500, develops 429bhp at 6100rpm and 383lb ft of torque from 1800rpm to 5800rpm.
An integrated starter/ alternator helps boost performance, delivering an additional 22bhp and 184lb ft of torque for brief periods while also providing electric energy for a 48V electric system.
By comparison, the more conventional twin-turbo 3.0-litre V6 used by the E43 saloon, among other AMG models, delivers 395bhp and the same 383lb ft of torque.
The new mild-hybrid engine, which is planned for use in other AMG models over time, is mated to a standard nine-speed AMG Speedshift automatic gearbox and fully variable 4Matic+ four-wheel drive system.
In the 1895kg E53 Coupé, the new driveline provides 0-62mph acceleration in a claimed 4.4sec. The 1980kg E53 Cabriolet and 1905kg CLS53 are both claimed to have a 0-62mph time of 5.3sec. All three new AMG models run to a governed 155mph top speed.
For reference, the existing E43 saloon has a claimed 0-62mph time of 4.7sec and the same 155mph top speed.
The three new 53-series AMG models are set to crown their individual line-ups, with Mercedes-AMG confirming that there are no plans for full-blown 63-series models in the E-Class Coupé, E-Class Cabriolet and new CLS ranges.
Differentiating the CLS53, E53 Coupé and E53 Cabriolet from their standard siblings is a series of traditional AMG design elements, including a twin-blade grille, uniquely styled bumpers, wider sills and signature AMG tailpipes. The new models come as standard on 19in wheels, with 20in rims available as an option.
Inside, there is a new AMG performance steering wheel, among other unique interior styling touches.