E-Class Mus­cle Mercs now avail­able in 63 and 43 guises, both with all-wheel drive

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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.

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