2017 Mercedes-AMG E43 4MATIC unveiled ahead of 2016 New York Auto Show

Article by Andrew Christian, on March 13, 2016

Mercedes-AMG is set to launch the Mercedes E 43 4MATIC, which is probably the most powerful executive saloon variant, in September. It features a 3.0-liter six-cylinder V6 biturbo engine and two new turbochargers.

The core is capable of delivering up to 401 hp or 295 kW. It is equipped with the standard-specification AMG Performance 4MATIC four-wheel drive and a rear-biased torque distribution with a 31:69 percent front-to-rear ratio, ensuring optimum traction with high agility.

Mercedes E 43 4MATIC comes with a 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission with shorter shift times, the retuned sports suspension based on the AIR BODY CONTROL air suspension, and a more direct steering ratio.

These three characteristics contribute to the signature AMG Driving Performance. With two bigger turbochargers and upgraded software applications, Mercedes-AMG has enhanced the power output to 401 hp or 295 kW by 34 hp or 25 kW.

Meanwhile, the 520 Nm torque is available at 2,500 rpm. The Mercedes E 43 4MATIC offers excellent delivery, accelerating from zero to 100 km/h in just 4.6 seconds. It also boasts a top speed of 250 km/h.

To further underscore the sporty characteristics of the Mercedes E 43 4MATIC, customers can also avail of a number of optional features. These include AMG seats with improved lateral support in nappa leather upholstery and 20-inch bichromatic wheels.

The 2017 Mercedes-AMG E 43 4MATIC will have its global debut at the upcoming 2016 New York International Auto Show this month.

Exterior Design

Just by looking at its exterior, the Mercedes E 43 4MATIC can easily be recognized as a true AMG. The three large openings in the front apron highlight the vehicle’s bold look and provide optimum air flow to the coolers.

It comes with two elegant cross fins on the outer cooling openings, diamond grille with chromed pins, high-gloss black louver, and the classic AMG lettering that signifies the AMG 43 models. Moreover, the 19-inch AMG five-spoke, light-alloy wheels in high gloss black underscore the appeal of the sides.

On the other hand, the rear end is built with two chrome-plated, quad-flow exhaust tailpipes— which translate to a strong athletic appeal, a silver chrome rear trim in diffusor, and a body-colored, standard-specification spoiler lip on the boot lid.

Interior Design

The interior of the vehicle reiterates its dynamic caliber with numerous distinctive characteristics. The front seats come with better lateral support, ensuring the comfort and safety of the driver and the front passenger even at top speed.

The ARTICO man-made leather/DINAMICA microfiber upholstery with a unique layout and red topstitching comes in standard black but nappa leather is also an option. The door center panels and the dashboard are also made with ARTICO man-made leather with red topstitching to perfectly blend with the seats.

The interior is made sportier with a black roof lining, exclusive pedals, and red seatbelts. Meanwhile, the multifunctional sports steering wheel comes in black nappa leather with red topstitching and a flattened bottom section.

In terms of connectivity, the Mercedes E 43 4MATIC is incorporated with the AMG instrument cluster that consists of a 4.50-inch or 11.40-cm multifunction color display, two tube-style round dials, 280 km/h scale in checkered-flag design, and the RACETIMER.

High Yielding Power, Low Consuming Core

The impressive engine output can be attributed to bigger turbochargers, which offer extra spontaneous response, and the greater charge-air pressure of 1.1 bar. Mercedes-AMG has also improved the NANOSLIDE coating on the cylinder liners in Mercedes-Benz’ Formula 1 V6 hybrid turbo engines.

The wear-resistant coating helps reduce friction, enhancing overall efficiency. The spray-guided multiple injections with up to 200 bar fuel pressure has also been upgraded. The red aluminum insert in the engine cover identifies the AMG powerplant.

9G-TRONIC for Short Shift Times

The 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission technology is perfect for the Mercedes E 43 4MATIC. The shift times of the nine-speed transmission have been significantly reduced with a dedicated software application. For more spontaneous short bursts of speed, the new vehicle comes with the multiple downshift function.

Meanwhile, the double-declutching function in the Sport and Sport Plus modes provides a more dramatic driving experience. Developers have also crafted a defined ignition intervention that offers faster gear shifting than in Comfort and Eco transmission modes.

On the other hand, a Manual mode is also available and can be selected with a separate button on the center console. The gear changes depend on the current mode.

Additionally, the driver can now easily change gear with the use of the paddles on the steering wheel. The transmission also remains in the selected gear and does not automatically shift up with the speed limit is reached.

AIR BODY CONTROL Sports Suspension for Efficient Agility

Mercedes-AMG has engineered a more dedicated sports suspension based on the AIR BODY CONTROL multi-chamber air suspension system for more neutral cornering behavior, more agility, and higher traction even at top speed. Furthermore, the Adaptive Damping System also comes in a model-specific configuration and provides three transmission mode options: Comfort, Sport, and Sport Plus.

All in all, this provides remarkable comfort even during long drives and increased sporty dynamics. The four-link front axle is built with special steering knuckles and load-bearing joints, all of which have been enhanced in terms of rigidity.

For improved lateral dynamics, the Mercedes E 43 4MATIC is employed with a more negative camber on the front and multi-link rear axles. Both axles come with a specifically designed elastokinematics for better rigidity. As a result, the new vehicle prides itself for its unparalleled characteristics of agility and dynamics.

Rear-Biased AMG Performance 4MATIC

Built with the standard-specification AMG Performance 4MATIC four-wheel drive that features a rear-biased torque distribution with a front-to-rear ratio of 31:69, the Mercedes E 43 4MATIC has increased lateral acceleration, better traction during acceleration, and improved driving dynamics.

Along with this, the manufacturers also came up with a change of concept as the single-stage transfer case of the four-wheel drive is now flange-mounted on the 9G-TRONIC as an individual system. With the previous models, the transfer case was linked into the 7G-TRONIC PLUS.

The optimization allows the convenient modification of torque distribution depending on the model, facilitating more distinctive and unique characteristics for every model.

Moreover, it is proven to be more effective than the outgoing concept in terms of weight, efficiency, and friction. In addition, the compact design entails no space restrictions for luggage and passengers alike.

AMG DYNAMIC SELECT

A driver can easily choose among the five AMG DYNAMIC SELECT transmission modes: Comfort, Eco, Sport, Sport Plus, and Individual. With just a few taps, a driver can already drive from a highly comfortable pace to an extremely sporty condition. These modes vary in parameters such as engine response, suspension, steering, and transmission.

Aside from the DYNAMIC SELECT modes available, there is also a Manual mode that can be switched to by pressing an “M” button on the center console. When the manual transmission is activated, gearshifts are exclusively executed using the steering wheel’s shift paddles. Moreover, the suspension set-ups can also be selected.

The DYNAMIC SELECT Sport and Sport Plus modes are both configured with an emphasis on the vehicle’s driving dynamics, resulting from an agile accelerator pedal feature with direct set-up and dramatic gear shifting with fewer shift times, deactivation of some cylinders, and double-declutching.

In addition, the improved idling speed also allows the Mercedes E 43 4MATIC to quickly move off and accelerate faster. Meanwhile, in Eco mode, the ECO start/stop, and gliding functions minimize fuel consumption altogether.

As the accelerator is released at around 60 to 160 km/h, the clutch is automatically disengaged and the engine is decoupled from the powertrain. The electronics cut the engine speed to idling level while the engine’s compression and frictional forces reduce the driving resistance in overrun mode.

Speed-Sensitive Sports Steering

With a speed-sensitive sports steering, the Mercedes E 43 4MATIC is capable of precise and authentic feedback. The steering power assistance feature is available in the Comfort and Sport transmission modes. Depending on the mode selected, the necessary characteristics are automatically activated.

These features can also be personalized in the Individual mode. In the Sport mode, manual torque is improved to provide more feedback on driving conditions. Meanwhile, the large braking system is equipped with internally ventilated compound brake discs to guarantee reliable and quick deceleration.

The front axle is fitted with 360 mm x 36 mm perforated discs with four-piston fixed calipers and AMG lettering. The rear, on the other hand, is fitted with 360 mm x 26 mm perforated discs with one-piston fixed calipers.

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