David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
2/18/19 12:27 p.m.

What do we talk about first, the performance, the luxury or the technology? All of it? Okay, let’s go.

Performance: The Mercedes-AMG E53 is powered by a 3.0-liter inline six. Not impressed yet? With a turbo. Total output is 429 horsepower along with 384 lb.-ft. of torque. That’s only about 30 horsepower less than the latest Corvette. (Okay, the Corvette kills it on torque, but let’s celebrate the little things once in a while.)

That engine is backed by the AMG Speedshift 9G, a nine-speed automatic transmission. Paddle shifters are placed behind the steering wheel.

Luxury: All of it. It’s an AMG Benz, after all.

Technology: The driveline contains a 48-volt EQ Boost, and here’s the explanation from its maker: “This integrated electric motor system, known as EQ boost, assists the combustion engine by adding up to 21 hp for short periods. EQ boost also assists when accelerating, makes driving without the combustion engine possible ("sailing") and supplies the battery with power by means of high-efficiency recuperation. By doing so it makes fuel savings possible that were previously the exclusive domain of high-voltage hybrid technology.”

Suggested retail price is $80,350 and, of course, our car sported thousands in options. As a showcase for the press fleet, that’s the usual. No one is saying that you have to order them all.

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