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2017 Mercedes-AMG E43

First Look: 2017 Mercedes-AMG E43

The 2017 Mercedes-AMG E43 is the first high performance variant of the new, 10th generation E-Class. It has been on display at 2016 New York International Auto Show.

What’s New

The Mercedes-AMG E43 is a step above the regular E-Class, which debuted earlier this year at the 2016 North American International Auto Show. Unlike the base E-Class, which is powered by a turbocharged 2.0 L four-cylinder, the Mercedes-AMG E43 features an AMG tuned 3.0 L BiTurbo V6.

To distinguish the E43 from its less powerful siblings, AMG designers have added a special body kit which includes a front bumper, with three large openings, that feed air into the engine and brake coolers. Two cross fins on the outer cooling openings enhance the vehicle’s presence. The side profile is dominated by 19 inch, AMG 5-spoke light-alloy wheels, painted in high-gloss black. The rear fascia is highlighted by dual chrome-plated/quad-flow exhaust pipes, silver chrome diffuser, and body colored rear spoiler.

All Mercedes-AMG 43 models are further distinguished by a diamond grille with chromed pins, a louver in high-gloss black, and AMG lettering.

“The new AMG E43 offers impressive driving dynamics coupled with cutting-edge efficiency. Twin turbocharging features adopted from Motorsport and characteristic AMG design immediately indicate to our customers that the new E-Class from AMG offers pure Driving Performance,” said Tobias Moers, CEO of Mercedes-AMG GmBH.


The Mercedes-AMG E43 is powered  by a 3.0 L BiTurbo V6 which produces 396 horsepower and 384 lb-ft of torque. The engine is backed by AMG tuned 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission and sends power to all four wheels via an AMG Performance 4MATIC all-wheel-drive system. Torque split is fixed at 31% to the front and 69% to the rear.

When compared to the regular 3.0 L BiTurbo V6 engine, the E43 produces an additional 34 horsepower for a total of 396 horsepower – with the aid of two larger turbochargers and sophisticated AMG software. Peak torque of 384 lb-ft is available between 2500-5000 rpms.

Mercedes-AMG engineers estimate the E43 will sprint to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds but top speed is electronically limited to 155 mph.


Inside, the sporty intentions of the Mercedes-AMG E43 continue as front occupants are welcomed to high bolstered sport seats with MB-Tex/DINAMICA inserts or optional nappa leather. To match the seats, the door card inserts and dashboard are also finished in MB-TEX with red top-stitching. Exclusive pedals, black roof lining, and red seat belts complete the interior enhancements.

The flat bottom, multi-function sport steering wheel with Touch Control is wrapped in black leather with red top-stitching, complementing the rest of the interior design. The AMG instrument cluster, available in a fully-digital, high-resolution 12.3 inch screen, displays all relevant information in a clearly arranged layout for any dynamic driving style.

Optional Features

The 2017 Mercedes-AMG E43 comes well equipped from the factory. However, if one wishes to further customize their performance executive sedan, they can choose from AMG seats with increased lateral support, nappa leather upholstery, and on the outside, they can upgrade to 20 inch AMG wheels.


The Mercedes-AMG E43 is currently on display at the 2016 New York International Auto Show but will be available in U.S. dealerships by early 2017.

*Rahul Raman is the Founder of CARS 360 Mke, an automotive news outlet. He is a regular contributor to Automoblog and the author of our First Look series. 

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  1. Not an AMG. Just not. They’re ridiculously diluting the brand. This is just the equivalent of the old E500. A step up from the base model. If there isn’t a hand-built engine, it shouldn’t be an AMG.

    1. I agree completely. It´s just a E400 with a chip tuning. This can be done by serious MB tuners like Kleemann or Brabus (yes and other companies too but Brabus and Kleeman preserves your MB warranty) for less than 10% of the price difference between the E400 and the E43 (just order the E400 with amg suspension and trim) and then tune the engine and you have a E43. Also like you I agree if it´s not a handbuilt AMG engine from the specific plant its not an AMG car period. I was actually considering buying the E43 until I found out it´s just a standard MB with make up. So now I´m back choosing between the E400 and going all the way with an E63 when it comes out next year. Don´t get me wrong I´m a happy MB owner right now but I just hate it when someone tries to sell me something that´s just for show and not the real thing. I cant understand why MB would do such a thing it just waters out the AMG brand… I´d like to know who came up with this bright idea? Making a real 6 cylinder AMG engine makes sense in when in many markets the 8 cylinder is heavily taxed because of enviromental/omission reasons. Making a standard car and calling it AMG makes no sense at all.

  2. Mercedes of a new generation is something unreal. Its engine became more powerful, and the design – more respectable. In addition, I was pleased with the changes in the interior.

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