Merecedes-AMG E53

Mercedes-AMG E53 Hybrid fronttrack
Mercedes-AMG E53 Hybrid fronttrack

The Mercedes-AMG E63 was a brash, loud, powerful super-saloon of a kind that isn’t easily forgotten and that only Affalterbach could make. To the dismay of a generation of dyed-in-the-wool performance car enthusiasts, it's no longer in production.

Sacrificed as part of Mercedes' wide-ranging electrification plans, one of the most multi-faceted of AMG’s modern-day performance cars has been laid to rest with a celebrated reputation built up over a period of 16 years and three model generations. And it has been indirectly replaced by this: the petrol-electric Mercedes-AMG E53 Hybrid 4Matic+.

This new headlining E-Class model, to be sold in the UK in both saloon and estate forms, may lack the character-defining V8 engine used by other key AMG models, but it doesn’t want for performance. With 603bhp in combination with a so-called AMG Dynamic Plus package, it offers exactly the same power as the previous-generation E63 4Matic+.