The new Mercedes-AMG E43 make its world premiere at the New York International Auto Show in March 2016. The performance model supplants the base car’s turbo 4-cylinder with a twin-turbo 3.0-liter V-6 engine up front and a full AMG alphanumeric scheme out back. This replaces the old ‘AMG Sport’ model moniker that denoted models carrying a few less wild hairs up the wazoo than the beefcake 8- and 12-cylinder models that carried the AMG line previously.
The E43 makes 396 horsepower and 384 lb-ft of torque. It is backed by a nine-speed automatic transmission. Other hardware includes AMG-tuned Airmatic suspension and the 4 driven 19-inch wheels running a 31/69 front/rear torque bias. Naturally, the new sedan also gets an AMG body kit.
Mercedes-Benz is rapidly expanding the number of AMG-branded models in its lineup, and the Mercedes-AMG E43 at the New York Auto Show 2016 is a perfect example of that proliferation. A full-bore replacement for the E63 AMG model is certainly on the way eventually, and the E43 is a middle step in the lineup for now. It’s hotter than the 241-horsepower E300, but the new sedan’s 396 horsepower 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 couldn’t stand up to the to the 577 horsepower from the previous-gen E63 S.
Mercedes matches the E43’s extra power with subdued exterior upgrades. There is a new front bumper, 19-inch wheels, and dual exhausts at each rear corner. Inside, red accent stitching hints to occupants that this new sedan is capable of greater performance than the stock model, but they don’t arrive at dealers in the US until early 2017.