CLS 53 is the first model to receive 53 badge; AMG 53 is the attempt to bridge gap between 43 and 63 badged cars
Mercedes has unveiled the much awaited all-new CLS 53 4Matic+ at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show. Mercedes-Benz CLS becomes the first car to receive AMG 53 badge. As we reported earlier, AMG 53 moniker comes as part of the German luxury auto major’s attempt to bridge the gap between AMG 43 and AMG 63 models.
The AMG 53 badged models will be more powerful than the respective AMG 43 versions, while they will be less expensive compared to the respective AMG 63 models. Clearly, this clever strategy will help Mercedes-Benz to boost sales of its performance focused cars all across the world.
Speaking about the Mercedes-AMG CLS 53, it gets significant design updates at exterior compared to the standard CLS. The changes have been made in order to increase the car’s aerodynamic efficiency that will result in better performance. There is an AMG front grille along with a new front bumper with wider lower apron. The corner inlets get silver accents. Apart from that, wheels and brakes along with boot lid spoiler are the other design elements visible in the car.
Moving to the back, the car gets quad rounded aluminium finished tailpipe that looks pretty aggressive. Inside the cabin there are plenty of carbon fibre elements and red trims enhancing the appeal. It receives a powerful 3.0-litre straight-six petrol engine that is capable of kicking out 429 bhp of peak power and 520 Nm of peak torque.
This internal combustion engine is combined with a 48 volt integrated starter/generator that kicks out 21 bhp of peak power and 250 Nm of peak torque. The CLS 53 has been unveiled alongside the E53.
Speaking about performance of the CLS 53, Mercedes-AMG CLS 53 will be able to accelerate to 100 kmph from standstill in 4.5 seconds. It gets top speed of 270 kmph. So far, this seems a well capable performance focused Mercedes and we expect see more AMG 53 models from the brand in future.