The Mercedes-AMG CLS 53 has just landed with 435 HP on tap

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Affalterbach finally makes the move we’ve been expecting

Mercedes-AMG just revealed the 53-series models which include the CLS 53 and E 53 in both Coupé and Cabriolet gusto. Here’s everything you need to know.

We’ll focus on the Merc-AMG CLS 53 because it’s the newer model, but the Mercedes-AMG E 53 (two-door and drop-top) gets the same engine making the same amount of grunt, so the following stats apply to all three models.

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The new 3-liter, six-cylinder powerplant makes 435 hp (320 kW) and 520 Nm (384 lb-ft). It also gets a helping hand from EQ – in the shape of a starter-alternator (basically a starter motor and an electric motor mounted between the engine and transmission). The setup is also tasked with powering the 48 V on-board electrical system. This mild hybrid function also allows for a boost of 16 kW (21.5 hp) and 250 Nm (184 lb-ft) of torque.

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In charge of efficiently and swiftly managing these resources are the AMG Speedshift TCT 9G automatic gearbox and the 4Matic+ all-wheel drive setup introduced by the Mercedes-AMG E 63.

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According to Mercedes-AMG, the CLS 53 4Matic+ blitzes from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.5 seconds and can reach a top speed of 270 km/h (168 mph) (with the Driver’s package). Fuel consumption is advertised at 8.4 l/100 km, but seriously, who cares?

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Stopping power falls on the shoulders of front perforated and ventilated brake discs (370 x 36 mm) with four-piston calipers and rear ventilated rotors (360 x 26 mm) with single piston floating calipers.

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As far as visual goodies are concerned, the CLS 53 4Matic+ sports a front apron with extra side air curtains, door-mounted mirrors (as seen on AMG GT models), a twin-blade radiator grille, a diffuser insert and round quad exhaust pipes.

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