Exhaust Notes: 2019 Mercedes-AMG CLS 53


Video: Calvin Chan

Published: February 17, 2019

 



There’s a reason why BMW stuck with straight-six engines for so long, and continue to do so. They are inherently smooth, exhibit potent yet linear power delivery, and feel refined at any point in the powerband. Mercedes’ new turbo straight-six engine does just that, and gets the CLS 53 dancing in an upbeat rhythm that is clearly absent in their grainy V6 powerplants. You’ll be finding any excuse to let loose and rev that engine until the needle kisses the redline, because what follows the brisk acceleration is an exhaust note that sounds remarkably similar to a BMW.

 

The CLS 53 sings a convincing AMG song, and though the notes are not as melodic as a BMW 440i that uses a similar straight-six engine, the grin-inducing sounds are there, the high-rpm howls are there, the throttle overrun burbles are there, as are the barks that follow aggressive gear shifts. V8 engines are great and all but there’s a tangy sweetness to the sound of a straight-six that floods the brain with a rush of dopamine, and the CLS 53 provides just that.

 

Read our full review of the 2019 Mercedes-AMG CLS 53 here.

 


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2019 Mercedes-AMG CLS 53 rear quarter view iridium silver metallic

 

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2019 Mercedes-AMG CLS 53 exhaust button 2019 Mercedes-AMG CLS 53 front seats 2019 Mercedes-AMG CLS 53 rear seats

 



Specifications:

Model: 2019 Mercedes-AMG CLS 53

Paint Type: Iridum Silver Metallic
Base Price: $92,000

Price as Tested: $106,450
Wheelbase(mm): 2,939
Length/Width/Height (mm): 5,001 / 2,072 (with mirrors) / 1,422

Curb weight (kg): 2,017
Engine: 3.0-litre turbocharged inline six + electric compressor + battery
Horsepower: 429 hp @ 6,100 rpm (EQ Boost +21 hp)
Torque: 384 lb-ft @ 1,800 - 5,800 rpm (EQ Boost +184 lb-ft)
Transmission: 9-speed automatic
Engine & Drive Configuration: Front engine, AWD

Official Fuel Consumption: 12.4 / 8.7
Observed Fuel Consumption (L/100km): 11.8

 



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