E-Class Muscle Mercs now available in 63 and 43 guises, both with all-wheel drive
six-year/100 000km Premium Drive maintenance contracts. Mercedes-AMG E43 4Matic For those who want the thrills of a fast, all-wheel drive AMG E-Class, but don’t necessarily need (or can’t afford) the ludicrous figures attached to the 63, Mercedes has also introduced a new 43 4Matic option in South Africa.
This E-Class comes with two fewer cylinders but still has plenty of oomph with outputs of 295kW and 520Nm. Under the hood is the same 3-litre bi-turbo V6 already in use in plenty of other 43-badged Mercs, but here is tuned up to its most powerful guise yet. Claimed performance figures are set at 4.6 seconds for 0-100km/h, and top speed is limited to 250 (no Driver’s Package available here).
The 43 shares a similar drivetrain with the full monte 63 with a nine-speed gearbox driving all four wheels, but here the 4Matic system is set at a permanent 31:69 percent front/rear axle split.
The 43 also comes with Merc’s Air Body Control pneumatic suspension as standard, and the same connected services as the 63 are also possible here.
PRICES: Mercedes-AMG E 63 S 4MATIC+ R1 868 400 Mercedes-AMG E 43 4MATIC R1 165 800
Consider the 295kW Mercedes E43 4Matic an AMG-lite compared to its monstrous 63 sibling.