Mercedes-Benz has announced today the fastest version of the fifth generation of the E-Class. At least for now. It is the Mercedes-AMG E 43 4MATIC, a four-wheel drive car that is powered by a 3.0 V6 turbocharged engine able to deliver 295 kW at 6,100 rpm and 520 Nm from 2,500 rpm up to 5,000 rpm.
The higher output has been obtained with the help of new, larger turbochargers that allow a higher charge-air pressure of 1.1 bar. Add the multiple direct fuel injection of up to 200 bar to the equation to also get a more fuel-efficient engine, even if the new E 43 has only a D grade in this matter, with a CO2 emission of 189 g/km. Mercedes claims that, since they are installed very close to the engine, turbo lag is very low. The engine also presents a new coating on cylinder liners, called NANOSLIDE, that reduces friction and is also wear-resistant.
The new E-Class is a D segment sedan that is 4.92 m long, 1.85 m wide, 1.47 m high and has a wheelbase of 2.94 m. In its E 43 version, it weighs 1,765 kg and can reach a governed top speed of 250 km/h. Acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h happens in 4.6 s. The E 43 4MATIC uses a 9G-TRONIC transmission, a 9-speed automatic gearbox, as its own name already allows you to deduce.
The E 43 4MATIC uses the AIR BODY CONTROL, an air suspension system that offers 3 different modes: Comfort, Sport and Sport Plus. The suspension uses a four-link scheme at the front axle and a multilink setup at the rear axle.
The new E-Class will be officially presented at the 2016 New York Auto Show and sales are set to start by June 20.