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2019 Mercedes-Benz AMG E53 coupe
It’s a joyously techy hot-rod that can act like an adult when necessary

When it comes to excellence in ultrahigh-performance personal luxury cars,
the Mercedes-Benz AMG E53 coupe
takes a back seat to no one -- including
its back seat.
It’s odd, we admit, to start a discussion
of this super-sophisticated racer with a
nod to its aft perch, but I have to say we
were astonished by that space’s civility.
Rarely a strong point in coupes, this
Mercedes’ two-place rear bench bucks
the trend with surprisingly civilized
accommodations. True story: during our
week with the Benz, we played Horse
Hookie at Fairmont Race Track on
Tuesday, and the couple joining us went
on and on during our drive to the East
Side about how surprisingly comfortable
the aft space was.
No kidding.
OK, now that that’s out of the way.
Let’s talk about being in the front seat -specifically, in the driver’s seat.
For 2019, the new AMG E53 coupe,
like its equally new E53 sedan and
convertible counterparts, is powered
by a turbocharged and electrically
supercharged straight six that gets its
mild-hybrid assist from an electric motor
and 0.9-kWh lithium-ion battery pack.
Mercedes calls the system EQ Boost.
Sending muscle to all four wheels via
E53’s standard 4Matic all-wheel drive,
the system’s electric blower kicks in first,
eliminating any hint of turbo lag, then
the turbo takes over for seamless power
delivery throughout the rev band.
The upshot: 429 hp and 384 lb.-ft. of
torque through the standard nine-speed,
paddle-shift, AMG-tuned automatic.
Add AMG’s Dynamic Select system,
with its Individual, Eco, Comfort, Sport
and Sport-Plus driving modes, and you’ve
got a gorgeous personal performance
car that, at the driver’s whim, can be
an executive shuttle, a grand tourer,
a sporting companion or a race-track
hellion -- maybe all four on the same trip!
Fire this guy up, and its AMG
Performance Exhaust (a $1,250 option our
car had) burbles and rumbles at rest, roars

DRIVING WITH DAN
By DAN WIESE

Brand Ave. Studios Contributing Writer
drivingwithdan@gmail.com

2019 MERCEDES-BENZ E53
COUPE

PHOTOS PROVIDED BY MERCEDES-BENZ

Boasting a techy new powerplant, the E53
coupe features a supercharged and turbocharged straight six that gets additional go-fast
assist from a mild hybrid system.

and snarls under a heavy right foot.
We greeted 60 mph in less than 5
seconds. Even so, in 135 miles of mixed
city/hwy motoring, we realized an
impressive 22 mpg in this showy hot rod.
Sharing its basic architecture with the
E-Class sedan, which itself was all-new
in 2017, this new-for-2019 performance
coupe goes its own way in nearly every
other aspect, sharing nary a body panel
with the four-door while casting a shadow
that’s nearly 4 inches shorter than that
of the sedan. The coupe is sleek, its
profile elegant and its demeanor cool and
sophisticated. Head-turning AMG-added
goodies on E53 include high-performance
tires and unique 20-inch, five-split-spoke
wheels.
Inside, the infotainment system
is displayed via a sweeping digital

instrument cluster and, just to the right
of that, a big screen atop the center stack.
Both screens are housed under a sweeping
single roof.
It’s all configurable to the driver’s taste,
but a real learning curve is involved with
the tiny thumb-slide pads on the steering
wheel that control many functions. Our
car also had us jammin’ with its optional
$4,550 Burmester High End 3D Surround
Sound audio.
Which brings us to price.
This coupe starts at $74,695,
which already is a lot of dough in my
neighborhood. By the time our car was
finished raiding the options list, it rang the
register at $95,895. Yep, our tester, with
its $21,200 in add-ons, had the equivalent
of a Toyota Corolla in options.
Oh, well, ya gotta pay to play.
And, I’m here to tell you, for the wellheeled driving enthusiast, the AMG E53
coupe is a great party pal when you want
to have some automotive thrills. But it’s

DRIVE FORMAT: 4Matic AWD
BASE PRICE: $74,695
PRICE AS DRIVEN: $95,895;
includes these major options: $1,250
AMG Performance Exhaust; $4,550
Burmester High End 3D Surround
Sound audio; $4,200 Designo Nappa
Leather Pkg.; $1,050 Warmth and
Comfort Pkg. (heated armrests,
steering wheel, “Rapid Heating”
front seats); $1,290 Parking Assist
Pkg.; $2,250 Driver Assistance Pkg.
(Steering, Lane Change, Lane Keep,
Emergency Stop, Blind Spot and
more, all actively assisted, plus
Route-Based Speed Adaptation);
also, $6,610 in other stand-alone
options
ENGINE: 3.0-liter turbocharged and
electrically supercharged inline 6
with EQ Boost mild-hybrid assist
HORSEPOWER: 429 at 6100 rpm
TORQUE: 384 lb.-ft. at 1800 rpm
RECOMMENDED FUEL: Premium
TRANSMISSION: Nine-speed
automatic with paddle-shift manual
mode
EPA MPG: 21 city/28 hwy/23
combined
WHEELBASE: 113.1 inches
LENGTH: 190.0 inches
TRUNK: 10 cu. ft.
CURB WEIGHT: 4,429 lbs.
WHERE BUILT: Bremen, Germany

also an elegant personal car on opera
night and -- certainly by coupe standards
-- a surprisingly practical vehicle on days
when acting like an adult is called for.
I hate those days.
This content was produced by Brand Ave. Studios.
The news and editorial departments of the St. Louis
Post-Dispatch had no role in its creation or display.
For more information about Brand Ave. Studios,
contact tgriffin@stltoday.com.

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