The new 2021 Mercedes-AMG E 53 Coupe and Cabriolet: More sport, more individuality, more AMG


Mercedes-AMG continues to strengthen its distinctive range: the new E 53 Coupe and Cabriolet receive the iconic AMG-specific radiator grille with vertical slats, emphasizing its performance credentials and clear membership in the AMG family. When viewed from the front, its A-shaped design and new, flatter all-LED headlamps create a width-emphasizing, powerful impression. The restyled front bumper with its A-wing design also enhances the overall vehicle proportions. Thoroughly revised, the new interior also demonstrates a clear connection with distinctive AMG design. Large displays, a new AMG Performance steering wheel and the revolutionary MBUX infotainment system with AMG-specific functions and displays reinforce the characteristic AMG Performance Luxury ambience.

The AMG-enhanced 3.0L inline-6 turbo engine with electric auxiliary compressor generates an output of 429 hp and produces a peak torque of 384 lb-ft. Its EQ Boost starter-generator briefly provides up to an additional 21 hp of output plus up to 184 lb-ft of torque, while also feeding the 48 V on-board electrical system. Other highlights of the new models include the AMG SPEEDSHIFT TCT 9G transmission and the variable all-wheel-drive system, AMG Performance 4MATIC+.

“Following the Sedan and Wagon, our new E 53 models also offer a perfect synthesis of performance, elegance and comfort as a coupe and cabriolet. With specific measures on the exterior and in the interior we have re-sharpened the brand identity somewhat and we are continuing to drive forward the revision of our entire E-Class family successively. For lifestyle-oriented customer groups with discerning requirements in terms of performance and efficiency, both two-door models from Affalterbach are the perfect offerings,” says Tobias Moers, Chairman of the Management Board of Mercedes-AMG GmbH.

The front end design is completely new and reinforces a clear AMG family affiliation. The key feature is the AMG-specific radiator grille with twelve vertical slats, which the E 53 Coupe and Cabriolet both receive. The A-shaped design of the front, which becomes broader towards the bottom, and the flatter, sharper-cut all-LED headlamps create an especially powerful impression.

The key enhancement from the rearview is the round twin tailpipe trim elements, which are available in silver chrome or high-gloss black (as part of the optional AMG Night Package). The twin tailpipe trims are harmoniously integrated into the rear bumper. A new design for the sides of the rear wheel arches improves the aerodynamics at the rear: the result is improved airflow around the wheel arches. The spoiler lip on the trunk lid is painted to match the vehicle colour but is also optionally available in carbon fibre.

Viewed from the side, the standard new 19-inch light-alloy wheels in an aerodynamically optimized 5-twin-spoke design catch the eye. Available as an option, 20-inch light-alloy wheels in a 5-twin-spoke design are also available, also aerodynamically optimized and with a wider rim edge, painted in a choice of matte black or high-gloss titanium grey. For the exterior colour palette, Graphite Grey Metallic and designo Brilliant Blue Magno, a striking matte finish, are newly available selections, the latter previously reserved for the AMG GT family.

Interior with sports appointments and AMG-specific displays

The interior welcomes the occupants with distinctive appointments, luxurious materials and the latest-generation MBUX infotainment system. The standard seats upholstered in MB-Tex with DINAMICA microfiber in an AMG-specific design, red contrasting topstitching and AMG badging are characteristic for the AMG 53-series models and combine sport design with strong lateral support and comfort for long journeys. Further interior options include red seat belts and trim elements in carbon fibre. Further upholsteries in Nappa leather are also optionally available. A newly available interior option is the Nappa leather interior in black/titanium grey pearl with red contrasting topstitching.

The AMG SPEEDSHIFT TCT 9-speed transmission can be operated by hand, via the galvanized shift paddles arranged on the left and right sides behind the steering wheel rim. For even more precise shift commands the paddles are now slightly larger and positioned lower down.

Six-cylinder in-line engine with EQ Boost starter-generator and electric auxiliary compressor

The 3.0-litre in-line six-cylinder engine is characterized by top-of-the-range performance and intelligent electrification. The EQ Boost starter-generator combines a starter motor and alternator in a powerful electric motor and is located between the engine and transmission. It is a key component of the 48 V on-board electrical system and not only serves as an alternator but is also responsible for select hybrid functions. These include boosting with up to 21 hp of output and 184 lb-ft of torque, recuperation, shifting of the load point, gliding mode and the virtually imperceptible restarting of the engine with the start/stop function.

The 3.0-litre inline-6 turbo engine is coupled with the AMG SPEEDSHIFT TCT 9-speed transmission, which impresses with its extremely short shift times, fast response to shift commands, a double-declutching function and multiple downshifts. The transmission is very responsive, especially in the “Sport+” drive program and in manual mode. Very responsive acceleration and very short shift times are both available, as well as a more fuel-efficient driving style, depending on the selected mode.

Distinctive characteristics at the touch of a finger: AMG DYNAMIC SELECT

With the five DYNAMIC SELECT drive programs “Slippery”, “Comfort”, “Sport”, “Sport+” and “Individual”, the characteristics of the new 53-series models can be influenced with the tap of a finger. The available range extends from efficient and comfortable to very sporty. The modes modify key parameters, such as the response of the engine, transmission, suspension and steering. Independently of the DYNAMIC SELECT drive programs, the driver has the option of pressing the manual shifting mode “M” button to switch directly to manual mode, in which gearshifts are executed exclusively using the shift paddles on the steering wheel. The suspension set-up can also be selected specifically as needed.

Standard AMG Performance 4MATIC+ variable all-wheel drive

The standard variable AMG Performance 4MATIC+ all-wheel drive combines optimized traction for dynamic driving with a high level of safety in a variety of conditions: in dry, wet or on slippery surfaces. The transition from rear-wheel to the all-wheel drive and vice versa is seamless because the intelligent control is integrated into the overall vehicle system architecture.