I Don't Care About Anything Else, I'm Excited For These Straight-Six AMGs

Photos: Mercedes-AMG
Photos: Mercedes-AMG

Mercedes-AMG seems like it’s almost trying to lose its identity of a niche little corner of the Benzian empire—rare, loud, imposing and blanketing the nearest intersection with tire smoke. But none of that matters now. For just a moment, I’m going to enjoy this straight six with an AMG badge.

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The new 53 line of AMGs are 3.0 liter cars, twin turbo with 435 horsepower and 384 lb-ft of torque, before you count a very mild hybrid system that can boost up another 21 hp and 184 lb-ft.

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The fastest of these straight six AMGs, the CLS 53 4MATIC+ (which I have misspelled twice already), does 0-60 in 4.5 seconds.

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I know it’s a false icon. I know that something saying ‘AMG’ on it doesn’t mean it is as unique and as hand-built as it once was.

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And I know that just because a Mercedes performance sedan is going back to a straight six doesn’t mean it’s going to be a better vehicle for it. I can’t help but love the V8 M3 more than the vacuum-cleaner turbo six-cylinder.

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And it’s not even like Mercedes is replacing its V8-powered AMGs with these new 53-series CLS, E Class Coupe and E Class Convertible models. The 53s are “additional models,” as Benz puts it.

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So the company is continuing to water down the AMG brand. Yes. I know. It’s fine. Because it’s a straight six, and I am that susceptible to fan service. I can’t help myself.

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Raphael Orlove is features editor for Jalopnik.

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DISCUSSION

angrybeaverr
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As an owner of current, and many AMGs in the past, (real AMGs, 55s, 63s and two 65s) the continued dilution of the AMG nameplate is saddening. AMG means nothing in MB’s lineup anymore. You can get a 43, and now 53 in almost every model in their lineup. These are not real AMG cars, just a marketing shtick to get people to spend more money on the higher hp options and sport trims. It’s brilliant for MB, but ultimately, it’s not good for the AMG brand recognition.

If you own a X43 AMG, or X53 AMG, you do not own a real AMG car. Just like the people driving M240i, vs M2. It should be more widely known, and AMG should have differentiated in the name plate making it X450 AMG or X530 AMG.. etc.