While much has been written about the more powerful Mercedes-amg E 63 S, not to mention Youtube being awash with videos dedicated to the beast from Affalterbach, the slightly more reserved Mercedes-amg E 43 4Matic may well turn out to be the more sensible choice between the two.
The E 43 with its 3.0-litre V6 bi-turbo engine represents the most powerful variant of the Mercedes-amg 43 range, and yet its true genius is displayed in the way it smoothly transitions from a comfortable executive saloon into a most capable sports saloon. With 295 kw on tap and 520 Nm of grunt, the fourwheel drive delivers sublime traction. Acceleration is more than adequate as the E 43 sprints from 0-100 km/h in 4.6 seconds and on to an electronically controlled top speed of 250 km/h. Thanks to its rear-biased torque distribution, this middleweight AMG feels as agile as any lightweight sports car, while the 9G-tronic automatic transmission with shorter shift times, combined with the sports air suspension and the more direct steering, instils a sense of confidence as this sensible 4-door delivers signature AMG driving performance.
The looks of the E 43 4Matic render it immediately recognisable as a member of the AMG family. Apart from its powerful and self-assured outer appearance, the interior reinforces the dynamic calibre of the new E 43 4MATIC with numerous individual details, sports seats with improved lateral support, and upholstery with red topstitching. Exclusive pedals, red seat belts, and a multifunction sports steering wheel in black nappa leather add further sporty highlights.
Luxurious, intelligent and sporty, the Mercedes-amg E 43 is competitively priced to make this a very compelling option in a very competitive segment. Price: R 1,165,800