Featuring a fresh face and a competent powertrain, the Mercedes-AMG E43 isn't quite as ridiculous as the E63, but it's pretty close.
If you want a healthy dose of performance without an insane price tag, the Mercedes-AMG E43 should do it for you.
Power comes by way of a 3.0-liter, twin-turbocharged six-cylinder engine. Output is rated at 396 horsepower and 384 pound-feet of torque.
Mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission and standard all-wheel drive, it'll hit 60 mph in 4.5 seconds on its way to an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph.
Styling cues to differentiate the E43 include a front bumper with large air inlets, Mercedes-Benz's "diamond" grille, and more AMG badging than you'll ever need.
19-inch AMG wheels are also included, as is a variation of AMG's signature quad exhaust tips.
The transmission features five distinct modes -- Eco, Comfort, Sport, Sport Plus and Individual.
Manual mode lets you change gear using the paddle shifters, and it will hold your gear without automatically upshifting.
The car features standard air suspension with three different modes -- Comfort, Sport and Sport Plus.
When the transmission is in Eco, the clutch disengages and the engine and powertrain are separated to increase fuel economy.
Inside, the E43 features sport seats and standard leatherette surfaces (Nappa leather is optional).
Black roof lining, red seatbelts and fancy pedals round out the AMG-specific interior trimmings.
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