The 2021 Mercedes-Benz AMG E53
When you’re spending big bucks for a car, especially one with the three-pointed star on its hood and the AMG badge on its trunk lid, you shouldn’t have to compromise sportiness or luxuriousness. Thankfully the 2021 Mercedes-Benz AMG E53 doesn’t; in fact, it excels in both, providing a car that should put a smile on the face of anyone that experiences it.
Just like the regular Mercedes-Benz E-Class, the AMG E53 is available as a sedan, coupe or convertible. But as mortal E-Classes get by with a turbocharged four-cylinder (E350) or a turbocharged six-cylinder (E450), the AMG E53 gets its own turbocharged six-cylinder that also includes a mild hybrid system. Together they sing to the tune of 429 horsepower (67 hp more than the E450). While all-wheel drive is available on regular E-Classes, it is standard on the AMG E53.
This week, Mercedes-Benz has me in a 2021 Mercedes-Benz AMG E53 coupe decked out in a beautiful Graphite Grey metallic exterior with a saddle brown and black interior.
The AMG version of the E-Class benefits from unique styling cues that include the grille and lower bumper with blacked-out air inlets. At the rear, there is a subtle spoiler and blacked-out, quad exhaust pipes. A set of 19-inch alloy wheels is standard, but 20-inch wheels are available.
Mercedes-Benz is synonymous with luxury, especially the mid-size E-Class, and the interior of the E53 reflects it well. Enter the cabin and a feeling of luxury overcomes you. The dashboard is sleek and is dominated by a large wraparound screen that houses a 12.3- inch touchscreen. The unit can be controlled via a touchpad on the center console, by steering-wheel controls or by the use of voice commands. The seats are extremely comfortable and can even be fitted with massaging capabilities. Of course, the build quality is top-notch. The only thing missing inside the E53 is a traditional shifter – Mercedes-Benz continues to use a little stalk from behind the steering wheel for the gear selector.
While there is no denying that the E53 is a luxury car, it easily fits the role as a sports car as well. At the heart of the E53 is a 3.0 liter turbocharged inline six-cylinder. Adding extra power is an electric motor that acts like a supercharger to provide extra- low-end torque. The result? An extremely smooth powerplant that revs effortlessly from 1,800 RPM to 6,500 RPM. Really, the engine is perfect for the E53 – it’s silky smooth like a luxury car should be, yet it packs a serious punch that will satisfy most sports car lovers as it can hit 0-60 mph in just 4.4 seconds.
4Matic, the Mercedes-Benz all-wheel drive system, along with an adaptive air suspension assures you that you can’t steer the E53 wrong. There are five driving modes to choose from: Slippery, Comfort, Sport, Sport+ and Individual. You can also choose to how firm you want the suspension and if you prefer a quiet exhaust note or throaty rumble.
As you might have guessed, the AMG E53 is expensive. Starting price is $76,250 and it goes up quickly from there. The tester carries a price tag of $100,160.
There is a special feeling that you get when you are behind the wheel of the E53. Whether you are in for the luxury or the sport, it’s there at your disposal. The AMG E53 is an automobile that can both excite and soothe the senses to just about everyone.
– Christopher A. Randazzo
By The Numbers:
2021 Mercedes-Benz AMG E53 Coupe
Base Price: $76,250.00
Price as Tested: $100,160.00
Layout: front-engine / all-wheel drive
Engine: 3.0 turbocharged inline 6-cylinder
Transmission: 9-speed automatic
Horsepower: 429 hp
Torque: 384 lb-ft
Fuel Economy: N/A
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