0-60 in an estimated 4.5 seconds
The E43 receives a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6 with 396 hp (compared to the standard sedan’s 241 hp). Peak torque of 384 lb-ft is available from a low engine speed of 2,500 rpm through 5,000 rpm. According to Mercedes, the all-wheel-drive model’s rear-biased torque distribution with a front-to-rear ratio of 31:69 percent should help increase agility.
Mercedes estimates the sedan should hit 60 mph in 4.5 seconds. Top speed is electronically limited to 155 mph (249 km/h).
Along with all-wheel drive, the model boasts a nine-speed automatic transmission and AMG air sport suspension. Drivers can choose between different modes to alter the response of the engine, transmission, suspension, and steering.
The performance sedan also features a single-stage transfer case that is flange-mounted on the nine-speed as a separate system, reducing weight compared to previous vehicles that had the transfer case integrated into a seven-speed transmission. Despite those weight savings, the model still weighs in at 4,145 pounds (1,880 kg).
Design-wise, the E43 features 19-inch black wheels (optional 20-inch wheels), a diamond grille with chromed pins, quad-flow exhaust tips, a rear diffuser plated in silver chrome, and a subtle spoiler lip. Inside the cabin, look for red contrast stitching along the seats, doors, and dashboard. The look complements red seat belts, a sport steering wheel, and optional Nappa leather.
The E43 will be on display at the New York auto show, which starts March 23.