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2019 Mercedes-AMG E53 Coupe: A multitalented performer

For 2019, the E-Class coupe finally gets the AMG treatment, giving it a sweet turbocharged inline six-cylinder and tighter handling, while retaining impressive daily comfort.

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For 2019, the E-Class coupe and cabriolet finally receive the AMG treatment with a potent inline six-cylinder engine, sharper handling and light styling alterations.

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A 3.0-liter turbocharged inline six-cylinder powers the E53, making 429 horsepower and 384 pound-feet of torque.

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The gas engine combines with an EQ Boost mild hybrid system that provides an additional 21 horses and 184 pound-feet for off-the-line acceleration.

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All E53s come standard with a variable 4Matic all-wheel drive system that's capable of sending all torque to the back wheels. 

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Power is sent to the wheels through a nine-speed automatic transmission. 

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AMG says the E53 coupe is capable of hitting 60 mph in 4.3 seconds, while the E53 convertible does it in 4.4 seconds.

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To improve handling, the E53 features a standard air suspension system capable of firming up in Sport Plus mode for spirited driving and then softening in Comfort for regular commuting. 

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To set the E53 apart from the base E-Class models it receives a dual power dome hood, front splitter, additional chrome trim, specific side sills, more aggressive rear difusser and quad circular tailpipes.

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The E53's COMAND infotainment system controls a standard 13-speaker Burmester audio system, navigation and Bluetooth and runs both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. 

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The 2019 Mercedes-AMG E53 coupe and cabriolet will go on sale by the end of 2018. The E53 Coupe will start at $74,695, and the E53 Cabriolet will come in at $81,345, including $995 destination.

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