The E-Class Coupé, one of the trio of models in Mercedes-AMG’s new 53-series – the others being the CLS and the E-Class Cabriolet – “are extending our portfolio in a first step towards a hybridised future with a leading-edge combination of sporty design, performance and efficiency,” explains Tobias Moers, Chairman of the Board of Management of Mercedes-AMG GmbH.

The basis for this is a contemporary drive configuration in the form of a six-cylinder in-line engine with electric auxiliary compressor, EQ Boost starter-alternator and 48 V onboard electrical system. The very spontaneous response to accelerator pedal input, the precision and the design focusing on driving dynamics are hallmark features of AMG. As such we are providing an additional lifestyle-oriented customer group with a further attractive offering from Affalterbach.

With the new 53-series models, we are extending our portfolio in a first step towards a hybridised future with a leading-edge combination of sporty design, performance and efficiency.” – Tobias Moers, Chairman of the Board of Management of Mercedes-AMG GmbH.

The E53 Coupé, like its series siblings, is a beautiful thing to behold with a smooth profile featuring uncomplicated flow-lines and a tapering rear end. The pillars are minimised to maximise visibility. The front end is graced by the twin-blade radiator grille in silver chrome and is contrasted by the black lattice pattern of the grille. Below that is the A-wing design front apron which is equipped with black flicks and a front splitter in silver chrome.

The rear end has a redesigned apron complemented by round twin tailpipe with high-gloss chrome trim elements. The mud flaps have also been redesigned to improve the aerodynamics at the rear. The two-section tail lights visually reinforce the sense of width of the rear while also providing the additional benefit of allowing for the large boot opening.

Under the hood is the “contemporary drive configuration” that Moers was referring to. The 3.0-litre, six-cylinder, in-line engine’s performance is boosted by “intelligent electrification” in the form of the EQ Boost starter-alternator. It combines a starter motor and alternator in a powerful electric motor which is fitted between the engine and transmission. The EQ Boost in conjunction with the intelligent charging via an electric auxiliary compressor and an exhaust gas turbocharger deliver enhanced performance and driving dynamics, while at the same time, reducing fuel consumption and emissions.

For a coupé that weighs in at just over 2,000 kilograms, it can deliver a dramatic acceleration from 0-to-100 kmph in 4.1 seconds, all the while accompanied by the distinctive gurgling of the six-cylinder. Conversely, it can decelerate from 100 kmph to zero in about 50 metres — all this while riding on 20-inch wheels wearing Pirelli P Zero PZ4 Run Flat tires. The transmission is 9-speed automatic with manual shifting mode coupled with all-wheel-drive.

The space in front of the driver is dominated by the two 12.3-inch two high-resolution screens displayed under one shared glass cover making them blend into a unified Widescreen Cockpit display. On the screen in front of the driver, the virtual instruments are displayed in three different display styles “Classic”, “Sporty” and “Progressive.” The second screen is more centrally located above the centre console and can be used to control a seemingly endless list of options. 

The touchpad controller in the centre console and the Linguatronic voice control can also be used to control the infotainment system. Voice control has been extended to now include vehicle functions, air conditioning, seat heating, ventilation, interior lights and the optional head-up display. A fourth input option is the touch-sensitive Touch Control buttons which respond to swiping movements and are located on the AMG Performance steering wheel. They enable the driver to control the entire infotainment system without having to take one’s hands off the steering wheel.

A network of LEDs create a cabin ambience to suit one’s mood. Edge-lighting glows at three levels: beneath the dash and door trim, behind the in-dash screens, and in the footwells. The illumination of the dash vents can match the chosen motif, or briefly respond to the climate-control adjustments.

The power front seats are a synthesis of exclusivity and sportiness. Along with the integrated head restraints, they are designed to cradle the driver and front passenger effortlessly through the curves. Meanwhile, the pneumatically adjustable lumbar, side and shoulder supports offer custom-tailored comfort. Four massage programs are available for the back and shoulders.

The seats are upholstered with the leather-like MB-Tex and are accented with Dinamica microsuede seat inserts. Red topstitching runs tastefully throughout the seats and the cabin. Red seat belts are standard while black seat belts are optional. The seat-shaped controls on the door for each front seat recalls three stored positions, plus the settings of the 4-way power steering column and side mirrors.

The twin rear seats, generous by grand touring standards, have a similar design. They can fold down in a 40/20/40 split, offering a variety of cargo and passenger configurations. The release handles for the seats are conveniently located in the trunk while the trunk itself can be accessed via the hands-free access which is operated by a gentle kick under the rear bumper.

The Mercedes-AMG E53 Coupé is, therefore, a car for the grand tourer at heart. However, it is just as suited for the city square as it is for the open road. It is stylish while being practical, and dynamic while also being measured.