Mercedes-AMG E 43 4MATIC (W 213) 2016

Here is the Mercedes-AMG E 43 4Matic – the most powerful version of the W213 E-Class revealed yet, as we await the arrival of the full-blown AMG E 63. Sitting ahead of the Mercedes-Benz E 400 4Matic in the W213’s hierarchy, this model features the same 3.0 litre V6 engine, with the trappings of the AMG division.

But unlike other AMG 43 models (previously known as AMG Sport models), the E 43 gets a bit more power than usual. Its 3.0 litre biturbo V6 makes an additional 34 hp than AMG C 43 Coupe, for example. Mercedes-AMG says that the additional power come courtesy of a set of new, larger turbochargers and software updates made to the engine management system.

In the E 43, the mill produces 401 hp at 6,000 rpm and 520 Nm of torque between 2,500 to 5,000 rpm. The fastest W213 E 43 to date is capable of performing the century sprint in 4.6 seconds — significantly quicker than the W213 E 400 4Matic’s 5.3 seconds.

Mercedes-AMG E 43 4MATIC (W 213) 2016

An AMG Performance 4Matic all-wheel drive has been included here, configured for a 31:69 rear-biased torque split. A 9G-Tronic nine-speed torque converter automatic transmission is charged with distributing this power to all wheels. The E 43 also rides on a sports-tuned version of the Air Body Control air suspension.

Visually, the E 43 gets a pure AMG Line exterior kit (sportier bumpers and side skirts), but adds to that a single-bar diamond radiator grille with chrome pins, a boot lid spoiler, and signature AMG quad-exhaust tips. A set of 19-inch AMG five, V-spoke light-alloy wheels (as pictured above) is part of the variant’s standard appointments. Perforated front disc brakes are also a feature, with AMG lettering on the brake calipers.

Additionally, the AMG E 43 in these pictures appear to feature Mercedes-Benz’s Night Package styling kit — this adds a high-gloss black finish to cosmetic elements in bumpers, wing mirror covers, exhaust tips and belt line trim. As standard, the wing mirror would match the car’s primary body colour, while the other items mentioned would be presented in a chrome finish.

The interior of the AMG E 43 gets Artico man-made leather/Dinamica microfibre upholstery in black as standard — Nappa leather is optional. As per the AMG distinctions, red topstitching is featured throughout the cabin, along with an AMG flat-bottomed steering wheel, sports pedals and more. The digital instrument panel adds a Race Timer visual and a digital speedometer dial which goes up to 280 km/h.

As mentioned, the Mercedes-AMG E 43 will make its market debut in September 2016. Before this, the car is will make an appearance at the coming New York Auto Show. Want one? The W213 E-Class is expected in Malaysia later this year, but it remains to be seen if or not MBM will introduce its AMG 43 variants here. Tell us what you think in the comments section below!