Mercedes-AMG revealed that it will be unveiling the CLS 53 during the North American International Auto Show in January 2018. This was confirmed by none other than that brand’s very own Chairman of the Management Board Tobias Moers.
Moers however confirmed as well that Mercedes-AMG will no longer be coming out with the CLS 63 AMG. The main reason is that the brand needs to make room for its AMG GT4 offering. This model is expected to go on sale by 2019 in the U.S.
This news could well make a number of customers sad, particularly those who have a preference for the CLS 63. Mercedes-AMG however did suggest that it may offer AMG versions for the E-Class Convertible and even the E-Class Coupe. Moers clarified that there will be 53 variants and these may arrive in the markets as early as 2019. There are also reports that hint at the redesigned GLE being given the 53 treatment. However, this will occur only once the standard version is launched, which is sometime in early 2019.
Going back to the CLS 53, Moers disclosed in an interview with Automotive News that this model will be fitted with the turbocharged six-cylinder 3.0-liter engine capable of delivering output in the “400” range. While this appears to be rather vague, Automotive News estimates it to be 430 hp, or around 320 kW.
Inspired by the GT R, introduced back in June 2016, the GT4 has a high level of performance especially on the racing circuit. Consequently, the brand made sure to develop further the highly dynamic qualities of this already road-legal sports car. Mercedes-AMG revealed that the development also included the brand’s years of experience under the GT3 class. The new GT4 is expected to set new standards in its segment especially in relation to driveability, ergonomics, performance, and safety. Service-friendliness and user-friendliness are both at a whole new level.
Powering the GT4 is the bi-turbo 4.0-liter V8 engine that comes with direct fuel injection, the same one in the Affalterbach road cars. Depending on how balanced the performance is, the engine can deliver power of as high as 375 (510 PS) with peak torque measuring at least 600 Nm.
One highlight of the GT4 is the optimized design. This newest offering from Mercedes-AMG is able to put forward the characteristic design of the production version to the racing circuits. One unique feature is the flat front section having the radiator grille being tilted more to the front. Moreover, aerodynamics played an important role in the GT4 as it builds on the cutting-edge aerodynamic concept of the GT R.