The Nurburgring within the chilly, damp fall isn’t essentially the most pure habitat for a convertible except it’s a Mercedes-AMG CLE 53. The newest CLE convertible’s well-insulated prime ought to preserve the worst of the German climate out, and the mixture of AMG chassis tuning and a strong new V6 engine means it should be no slouch across the well-known former-F1 monitor.
To recap, we’ve already been formally launched to the common Mercedes CLE in each coupe and convertible kinds. The CLE is predicated on the C-Class sedan platform however replaces each the previous C-Class and E-Class Coupes and Convertibles, being sized someplace between the 2. However Mercedes hasn’t formally unveiled the AMG-fettled variations of both physique fashion, which means these newest spy photographs are our greatest indicator but of what’s coming to sellers subsequent spring.
Whereas earlier AMG CLE spy photographs confirmed prototypes carrying heavy disguise, these new photos depart little or no to the creativeness, permitting us to see the aggressive form of the entrance bumper’s air intakes, the flared fenders, and in addition the 4 round exhaust tailpipes which might be particular to the 53 mannequin (the 63 will get 4 sq. ideas).
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The C-Class sedan downsized each its previously-V6-powered C43 and V8-engined C63 to four-cylinder powertrains that ship loads of energy however the C63 specifically has acquired lukewarm evaluations regardless of delivering 671 hp (680 SP). However in response to EPA documentation seen earlier this yr, the CLE 53 will retain 3.0-liter V6 energy, whereas adopting the mild-hybrid engine from the newest GLE 53 mated to a 4Matic all-wheel drive system. That will give it 429 hp (435 PS) and 413 lb-ft (560 Nm), or the identical energy because the earlier CLE 53, however 29 lb-ft (39 Nm) extra torque.
So the place does that depart the CLE 63? The EPA doc didn’t listing it amongst its 2024 fashions, suggesting it gained’t seem till the 2025 mannequin yr, however we’re anticipating that to get a plug-in hybrid model of the 53’s V6 that might theoretically be value round 700 hp (710 PS) and over 800 lb-ft (1,084 Nm) of torque.