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Mercedes-AMG expands lineup again with E43 (pictures)

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.

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If you want a healthy dose of performance without an insane price tag, the Mercedes-AMG E43 should do it for you.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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19-inch AMG wheels are also included, as is a variation of AMG's signature quad exhaust tips.

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The transmission features five distinct modes -- Eco, Comfort, Sport, Sport Plus and Individual.

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Manual mode lets you change gear using the paddle shifters, and it will hold your gear without automatically upshifting.

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The car features standard air suspension with three different modes -- Comfort, Sport and Sport Plus.

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When the transmission is in Eco, the clutch disengages and the engine and powertrain are separated to increase fuel economy.

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Inside, the E43 features sport seats and standard leatherette surfaces (Nappa leather is optional).

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Black roof lining, red seatbelts and fancy pedals round out the AMG-specific interior trimmings.

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