By SEMA News Editors
SEMA News sources have spotted camouflaged performance versions of the Mercedes CLE Convertible and Mercedes CLE Coupe in Germany, believed to be the new AMG 53 and AMG 63 variants. Photographers captured the cars in action, sporting a few aggressive design elements you won't find on the standard CLE-Class that debuted earlier this year, which replaced the coupe and convertible versions of the C-Class and E-Class.
The camouflaged Mercedes-AMG CLE 53 seen here is expected to provide a more spirited driving experience than the entry-level versions.
The Mercedes-AMG CLE 53 is expected to provide a more spirited driving experience than the entry-level CLE 300 4Matic and CLE 450 4Matic. The 450 is already powered by a turbocharged inline-six, but it only produces 375hp.
Exterior-wise, the alleged Mercedes-AMG CLE 53 features blacked-out trim and the Panamericana grille, which is only bolted to the front of AMG-badged vehicles. The lesser CLE models are adorned with chrome trimmings for a more elegant appearance.
Rumors suggest the AMG 53 will be powered by a more powerful version of the 3.0L M 256 turbocharged mild-hybrid inline-six found in the CLE 450. It could produce the same 429hp as other models equipped with the 53 badge, a 54hp increase over the 450. The 53 also has a quad-exhaust setup with circular tips.
The camouflaged Mercedes-AMG CLE 63 seen here is expected to allow Mercedes-Benz to field a rival to the BMW M4 and Audi RS5.
The AMG 63 variant, on the other hand, will allow Mercedes-Benz to field a rival to the BMW M4 and Audi RS5. It also features the squared-off quad exhaust outlets seen on AMG 63 models and appears to have bigger brakes and a wider track compared with previously spied prototypes.