If you’re a car enthusiast, feast your eyes on this stonking piece of automotive excellence – the new Mercedes-AMG CLE 53.
Let’s take a moment to appreciate the evolution of the CLE itself. If it slipped under your radar, no worries. It stepped into the scene, gracefully replacing both the C-Class coupe and E-Class coupe a few months ago. Packed with a lineup of ordinary mild-hybrid petrol engines and even a couple of diesel options, the CLE made its mark.
But, of course, Mercedes-Benz wasn’t content with just that. Remember the outgoing C-Class coupe that gave birth to the phenomenal C63 S coupe? Ah, the memories of that 503bhp twin-turbo V8 powerhouse. Brace yourself because now, there’s a glimmer of hope.
Under the hood of the Mercedes-AMG CLE 53 resides a 3.0-litre straight-six, featuring mild hybrid technology and cranking out 443bhp and 442lb ft of torque. What makes it even more exhilarating is the combination of a conventional exhaust gas turbocharger and an electrically driven compressor. The latter ensures an initial response, slashing lag, and allowing for a more substantial exhaust blower, thanks to its rapid and efficient performance. Boost pressure? It climbs from 1.1 to an impressive 1.5 bar.
Adding to the power arsenal is a small electric motor, churning out up to 23bhp and 151lb ft. It’s not just about enhancing power; it plays a crucial role in recuperation, sailing, and stop-start functionalities. Mated to a slick nine-speed automatic gearbox, the CLE 53 boasts a swift 0-62mph time of 4.2 seconds and a top speed limited to 155mph. Opt for the AMG Driver’s Pack, and you’ll be pushing boundaries with a top speed of 168mph.
The CLE 53 isn’t just about raw power; it’s a tech-laden marvel. With 4WD and 4WS featuring up to 2.5 degrees of rear-steering, adaptive dampers, and a plethora of configurability through the AMG Dynamics system, it’s a driving enthusiast’s dream. And here’s the kicker – you can even disable the front axle for a full-house Drift mode.
Have you seen those swollen arches? The CLE 53 flaunts them with pride, blistered out 58mm at the front and a staggering 75mm at the rear. These arches give the 53 a stance reminiscent of the beloved C63 S coupe.
Now, let’s address the elephant in the room. Why go through all this effort for a 53? Mercedes-Benz is no stranger to high-performance vehicles, and the 53 is just a taste of what’s to come. This mid-range performance badge is undoubtedly impressive, but the real anticipation lies in the possibility of a C63 Coupe. Imagine, a C63 with an uprated twin-turbo straight-six, challenging the likes of a BMW M4. While Mercedes-Benz remains tight-lipped for now, the potential redemption after the less-than-stellar reception of the four-cylinder C63 saloon seems promising