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  • [NEWS] Is The 53-Series AMG Perfect for Indonesia?

    Continuing the ridiculous naming and confusing product placement shenanigans that car manufacturers love to do, Mercedes-AMG has now revealed their 53-Series cars, which (we think, at least) is supposed to sit between the 43-Series and 63-Series cars, and the 53-cars will all have an electrified engine. Also, the 53-cars might be limited to it's coupe models, that's what we've heard anyway.

    Anyway, there are currently three cars available if you're interested in the 53-Series, the E53 Coupe, the E53 Cabriolet, and if you've been waiting on a more powerful CLS, the CLS53 AMG is here as well.

    Picking between the three is simply a matter of taste and preference, as all three will have the same (and brand new) 3.0L inline-6 engine churning out 429 horsepower. That alone is good enough to keep up with a BMW M4, couple that with Mercedes' EQ Boost starter-alternator, which is basically an electric supercharger, the engine has an extra 21 horsepower and it sets off from 0-100km/h in 4.4 seconds. That is more than impressive.

    The 53-series models feature a twin-blade radiator grille, an A-wing inspired front bumper, rear bumper with diffuser insert, and most noticeably is the round twin tailpipe trim in chrome. The lip spoiler on the trunk is optionally available in carbon fiber.

    While the new CLS is still not quite to my taste, the E53 lineup actually looks quite tempting, and the fact that a base model C63 AMG can costs as near as makes no difference 3 billion Rupiah (around $225,000 or so), the 53-Series with it's smaller engine capacity can avoid ridiculous taxes and be more affordable, and with a 400+ horsepower figure unlike it's 43-Series little brothers, it surely will satisfy the power cravings of the Indonesian petrolhead.

    The only question is, what is it like to drive? The biggest complaint we've heard about the 43-Series models is that they don't feel quite like an AMG; they're too tame, too quiet, too sensible, AMGs are supposed to be mental and loud and ridiculous. While the 53-Series is tempting, the question is, is it ridiculous enough to be a desirable AMG?