The E53 is effectively half-a-hybrid, packing an electric motor without the extra mass of a lithium-ion battery pack. In sedan, coupe or convertible guise, the motor augments initial acceleration until the six-cylinder engine has reached boost.

The motor also powers the 48V electrical sub-system — there’s still a regular 12V wiring loom — and contributes to one of the most impressive take-offs you can hope for.

 
The E53’s engine is something of an engineering masterpiece. It’s a 3.0-litre six-cylinder twin turbo, with one traditionally exhaust-driven turbocharger and another electric one, which is aided by a mild electric hybrid system that delivers a heap of torque independently to the internal-combustion engine. That 3.0-litre is good for 320kW and 520Nm, but add in the 16kW and 250Nm you get from the 48V electric power system and it makes for a compelling power package.
 
The Mercedes-AMG E53 is a supremely refined and satisfying performance/luxury package. For those who want the practicality and style of a high-spec E-Class, with an extra performance boost it’s got to be an appealing option. Plus, the high-tech hybrid drivetrain is brilliantly executed and seamless in operation
 
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