You could argue that the 2017 Mercedes-AMG E43 is a double-tweener. Just as the E-Class slots in-between its C and S siblings, so the Mercedes-AMG line sits in the gap between the mainstream Mercedes-Benz series and full AMG cars. The automaker is upfront about the fact that it saw unfilled “white space” between models like the C300 and the C63, and figured there’d be an audience of drivers wanting some of the performance and cachet of the latter but at a more affordable price.
The result is a hedge between two traditions. “All of these 43 models are designed and engineered by the same engineers,” Bernie Glasser, general manager of product management for Mercedes-Benz USA, insists, “as any 63 model.” However, the hallmark of the AMG – that its engine is built by a single person from the 125-strong rank of “master engineers” the company is so proud of at its Affalterbach facility – isn’t carried over to the 43 range.
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