It seems like there’s a new performance Mercedes-Benz every other month, and December is no different with the release of the all-new and pretty damn wicked Mercedes-AMG CLE 53 4MATIC+ Coupe. The new C63 AMG was received with mixed reviews thanks to the decision to drop that iconic 6-cylinder powerplant for a 4-cylinder with a hybrid setup. While the C63 is the top dog of the range, this CLE 53 may just sway those who were interested in buying one to consider a “lower spec” model for the sole reason that it has a bigger powerplant and none of that hybrid business, this is a mild-hybrid setup. The body style is pretty similar, but for some reason, this new CLE 53 just looks better. It may be because of the absolutely fantastic images and the colour of the car used in them. It’s probably because this is more of a true coupe and only has two doors, which gives the body shape a much better profile. The CLE 53 features a long bonnet with two power domes, a strongly sloped windscreen, and an elongated roof sloping to the rear. The new digital headlights look great, and the flared front and rear fenders - 58 mm in the front and 75 mm at the rear - with the new-style 20-inch wheels make for a menacing look. It’s the same at the rear with the lights connected with a dark red design element. The boot spoiler lip on the trunk lid is painted in the vehicle colour but is also optionally available in black as part of the AMG styling package. When the car features the optional AMG Optics package, things are even better in the visuals, and better still with the two AMG Night packages and AMG Carbon packages. The interior is typically AMG with the latest generation MBUX with AMG-specific functions and displays, a free-standing 12.3-inch fully digital driver display, an 11.9-inch driver-oriented central display, AMG sports seats in ARTICO man-made leather/MICROCUT black microfiber with AMG-specific graphics and red contrasting topstitching, a flat-bottomed AMG Performance steering wheel, round AMG steering wheel buttons and newe drive modes. The latter now includes the AMG-exclusive Supersport mode with a central round tachometer and perspectively designed horizontal displays located to the left and right.
Take a look at the YouTube video from Autogefühl, who knows much more about Mercedes cars than we do, which is why this video is worth watching if you're into AMGs. Even he's happy that Mercedes-Benz decided to chuck the hybridized 4-pot in favour of the old favourite inline 6-cylinder beast that features a turbocharger along with an electric supercharger sort of thingy: Is the Mercedes-AMG CLE 53 the best new AMG to buy? | Autogefühl
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