Mercedes is announcing new powerplants in 2012 for its E-Class models, and the top-of-the-line mill gives AMG-like performance to Mercedes’ mid-range offerings. Starting with the E350, the German automaker will provide a 3500cc direct-injection V6, which is currently found in the C350 sedan and the SLK350 roadster. This powerplant has an output of 302 horsepower with a corresponding 273 pound-feet of torque. As part of its mandate to meet more stringent fuel economy and emissions standards, a 7-speed automatic transmission is expected to complete the drivetrain.
If a 300-horsepower car isn’t enough, customers can order the E-Class with a direct-injection V8 biturbo, displacing 4.6 liters and producing a little over 400 horsepower with 440 pounds-feet of torque. This is more than enough horsepower for a daily driver and should provide some momentary distractions at stoplight grands prix on the way to work.