Would you still pay extra for the E63 Coupe?

Introduced in 2017, the latest-generation Mercedes-Benz E-Class was upgraded to facelift specs earlier in 2020. Now, the German company unveiled similar updates for the Coupe and Convertible versions of the midsize, including the performance-rated AMG E53 models. Although engine specs remain unchanged, the AMG E53 now sports a hotter exterior and new technology.

The 2021 Mercedes-AMG E53 Looks Just As Hot As the E63 Version

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The coupe and convertible versions of the AMG E53 feature the same design updates as their sedan and wagon siblings.

In short, they now feature new LED headlamps with a more aggressive look and, more importantly, a Panamericana grille. Previously available on E63 models only, the Panamericana grille features numerous vertical slats and change the face of the E-Class Coupe rather dramatically. Overall, the AMG E53 is now very similar to the AMG E63 in terms of looks. You can also go with the optional AMG Night Package for blacked-out details, as well as the AMG Carbon Fiber package with elements made from the lightweight composite. These include mirror caps, a lip spoiler, and a trunk lid spoiler.

The 2021 Mercedes-AMG E53 features new tech inside

The new Mercedes-AMG E53 Coupe looks just as hot as the E63 Interior
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Arguably the biggest upgrade that comes with this facelift is Mercedes' latest MBUX infotainment system.

It’s a smart system that has the ability to learn, and you can basically talk to it to access the car’s features, make phone calls, or simply learn info about your vehicle and its features. Both the instrument cluster and the infotainment display now measure 12.3 inches, while the rotary dial controller was replaced by a touchpad. The sports seats come wrapped in MB-Tex (read fake leather) as standard, but you can opt for Nappa leather at extra cost.

The 2021 Mercedes-AMG E53 features the same engine as before, but it’s still powerful

The new Mercedes-AMG E53 Coupe looks just as hot as the E63 Drivetrain
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The only thing that hasn’t changed with the facelift is the drivetrain.

As before the update, the AMG E53 features the same turbocharged, 3.0-liter inline-six gasoline engine paired to an EQ Boost system.

The latter is an electric motor that acts as a starter-generator and turns the car into a mild hybrid. The engine is rated at 429 horsepower and 384 pound-feet of torque, while EQ Boost adds 22 horses. Performance remains unchanged, so the AMG E53 Coupe hits 60 mph in 4.3 seconds, while the Cabriolet reaches the benchmark in 4.4 clicks. Top speed is limited to 155 mph for both models.

The new Mercedes-AMG E53 Coupe looks just as hot as the E63 Exterior
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Mercedes-AMG E53 specifications
Mercedes-AMG E 53 Coupe Mercedes-AMG E 53 Cabriolet
Engine AMG-enhanced 3.0L Inline-6 turbo with EQ Boost and electric auxiliary compressor AMG-enhanced 3.0L Inline-6 turbo with EQ Boost and electric auxiliary compressor
Displacement 2,999 cc 2,999 cc
Output 429 hp at 6,100 rpm 429 hp at 6,100 rpm
Add. output with EQ Boost Up to 21 hp Up to 21 hp
Peak torque 384 lb-ft @ 1,800-5,800 rpm 384 lb-ft @ 1,800-5,800 rpm
Add. torque with EQ Boost Up to 184 lb-ft Up to 184 lb-ft
Drive AMG Performance 4MATIC+ all- wheel drive with variable torque distribution AMG Performance 4MATIC+ all- wheel drive with variable torque distribution
Transmission AMG SPEEDSHIFT TCT 9-speed AMG SPEEDSHIFT TCT 9-speed
Acceleration 0-60 mph 4.3 s 4.5 s
Top speed 155 mph* 155 mph*
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