The final time Mercedes rationalized the C-Class and E-Class right into a freestanding coupe and convertible, the Germans referred to as the end result the CLK. Debuting in 1997, the CLK sat on the C-Class platform however adopted the E-Class’s extra mature styling. On this newest C- and E- remix, the traces have shifted. The end result is named the CLE, sitting on the already-rationalized MRA II platform that helps the most recent C-Class and E-Class, the Mercedes-Benz model adopting styling extra acquainted from the E-Class Coupe. On the CLE’s AMG variant, the styling strikes within the path of the outdated, unhealthy boy C-Class AMG.
That is the primary AMG out of the highest rank — suppose, 63 and up — to get AMG’s pumped-up hood with the warmth evacuation vent working between energy domes. And even with out the black paint and non-obligatory AMG Evening Package deal, the AMG CLE 53 is all over the place extra intense than the retiring AMG E 53 and even the AMG C 63 S.
AMG’s new household look strikes a pose, beginning with a bigger, extra pronounced grille than on the present AMG E 53, underlined by a splitter throughout the entrance fascia. A DRL eyebrow sits above the headlights, two further LED spots in every lamp recalling the E-Class heyday of quad lamps. The hood begins that steep sweep as much as the swept-back windshield, whereas additional down, a pair of fender vents assist draw cooling air over the “completely modified” turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six engine. A brief deck ends in a extra pronounced spoiler. Down in again, the rear fender vents are embellished with black trim, and AMG’s 4 spherical exhaust finishers poke by a diffuser. An AMG Efficiency Studio Package deal goes excessive with aero flics on the entrance and rear fenders, an excellent stouter decklid spoiler, and an excellent beefier diffuser.
Normal 19-inch wheels will be optioned to twenty inches as on the picture automotive above. Both approach, the coupe’s observe is wider by 2.3 inches within the entrance and three inches in again in comparison with the usual CLE. Consumers who go for the bigger dimension will discover Michelin Pilot Sport S 5 tires sized 265/35 in entrance, 295/30 in again.
Up entrance, the well-traveled gentle hybrid inline-six has been upgraded to be extra highly effective and environment friendly. Tweaks like reshaped consumption runners and exhaust manifold, a bigger turbo with 5.8 psi extra increase, and a brand new auxiliary electrical compressor increase output to 443 horsepower and 413 pound-feet of torque; torque will be run as much as 443 lb-ft for 12 seconds due to an overboost perform. This motor with out the replace peaks at 429 hp and 384 lb-ft in at the moment’s AMG E 53.
The CLE’s 48-volt motor-generator contributes to effectivity and smoothness, including 23 hp and 151 lb-ft at decrease speeds and filling in troughs in energy supply because the ICE motor does its factor. Shifting comes courtesy of AMG’s nine-speed computerized.
We all know the inside system by now: A 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, an 11.9-inch infotainment show, AMG’s Efficiency steering wheel, plenty of satin metallic and carbon fiber, a set of cozy AMG seats or the AMG Efficiency Seat Package deal in MB-Tex and microfiber or non-obligatory Nappa leather-based, etcetera, etcetera, etcetera. The dynamic system is getting routine on the spec sheet, cribbed from the brand new AMG SL and 2024 AMG GT, and shortly to look on the brand new G-Class, however it’s nonetheless something however routine in motion. There’s the hydraulic AMG Journey Management suspension with Consolation, Sport, and Sport+ maps. There are 5 AMG Dynamics modes (Slippery, Consolation, Sport, Sport+, Particular person) three AMG Dynamic Choose program (Fundamental, Advance, Professional). And there is AMG Efficiency 4Matic+ in cahoots with rear-wheel steering.
The AMG CLE 53 shall be simply as prepared for a date on the tea home as one for the observe. It’s kind of mature in look, nevertheless, and certain so in value, every time we get that. The departing AMG C 63 S begins at about $83,000, the departing AMG E 53 begins at about $85,000, our guess is the MSRP bullseye will not go away a lot change, if any, from $90,000 earlier than choices.