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Mercedes-AMG Unveils The High-Performance CLE 53 Coupe

Giancarlo Perlas December 6, 2023

Mercedes-AMG just upped the ante in the entry-level performance coupe segment with the unveiling of the all-new CLE 53 Coupe. It borrows the agility of the AMG C-Class and the sophistication of the spacious AMG E-Class. The icing on this two-door masterpiece, however, is its high-performance powertrain that combines a turbocharged inline-six with an electric motor.

Here’s a look at the key features of the new Mercedes-AMG CLE 53 Coupe based on the announcement of Mercedes-Benz USA.

Exterior

The AMG CLE 53 Coupe flaunts a long hood, power domes, and a steeply sloping windshield to create an athletic and refined outline. The “shark nose” front section, combined with the AMG-specific Panamericana front grille with vertical slats and LED headlights, exudes power and sophistication. The front fascia, with its distinctive A-wing design, ensures optimal air intake, while the flared fenders and a wider track give the coupe an imposing stance.

The rear, characterized by smooth transitions and LED taillights, accentuates the vehicle’s width. Meanwhile, optional kits like the AMG Performance Studio Package provide additional flair and personalization for those looking for more out of their luxury cars.

Interior

Stepping inside the AMG CLE 53 Coupe reveals a haven of luxury and technology. The cabin offers the driver and passengers with unique features, exclusive materials, and the latest MBUX infotainment system. The 12.3-inch digital driver display and the 11.9-inch central display provide a user-friendly interface, complemented by dynamic ambient lighting with 64 color options.

The sporty integral seats, standard with MB-Tex/microfiber upholstery and red contrast stitching, can be upgraded with the optional AMG Performance Seat Package for a more dynamic driving experience.

Powertrain

The heart of the AMG CLE 53 Coupe lies an extensively upgraded AMG-crafted M256M 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder turbocharged engine. Boasting optimized combustion chambers, a new exhaust gas turbocharger, and an electric auxiliary compressor, the engine delivers a whopping 449 hp and 413 lb-ft of torque — or 443 with the overboost activated.

The 48-volt integrated starter generator (ISG) not only enhances efficiency but also provides an additional 23 horsepower and 151 lb-ft of torque at lower engine speeds, contributing to an overall responsive driving experience.

The output of the CLE 53 is directed to a fully variable all-wheel-drive system and distributed via a nine-speed automatic transmission. All these allow the car to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.0 seconds on its way to an electronically-capped top speed of 155 mph.

Driving Dynamics

The CLE 53 Coupe ensures a dynamic and exciting driving experience with its AMG Ride Control suspension and three-stage AMG parameter steering. The suspension, designed for handling agility, features adaptive adjustable damping for a perfect balance between driving dynamics and ride comfort.

The three-stage steering adapts to the selected AMG Dynamic Select drive program, providing a responsive and feedback-rich driving experience.

Optional Enhancements

For enthusiasts seeking a wilder experience, the optional AMG Dynamic Plus Package takes things up a notch. With a Race drive program, Drift mode, and active engine mounts, this package adds a layer of dynamism and emotion to an already impressive driving machine.

Final Thoughts

Overall, the Mercedes-AMG CLE 53 Coupe redefines the performance coupe landscape, blending power, elegance, and cutting-edge technology. From its innovative hybrid powertrain to its exquisite design and advanced driving dynamics, this coupe marks another milestone in the evolution of AMG’s portfolio.

About Author

Giancarlo Perlas

Giancarlo is an economist by profession with a career spanning nearly two decades. His professional journey has seen him assume vital roles in various government and private organizations. Alongside his civic and corporate pursuits is his love for cars, particularly those made by Mercedes-Benz. In 2012, he found himself with like-minded individuals within BenzInsider. From then on, he used the platform as a way to share his passion with the automotive community. Follow his Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/benzinsider, X (formerly Twitter) @giancarloperlas, and IG @benzinsider. View all posts by Giancarlo Perlas →

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