Mercedes-AMG taps into the electrified market for the first time with a new range of cars that wear the '53' moniker.
One of them is the CLS 53 4Matic+, a range-topping model of the third-gen CLS, which has a more aggressive exterior design, and sportier trim in the cabin.
The biggest change, however, lies beneath its pretty skin, where motivation comes from a 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged six-cylinder engine, with a starter-alternator that feeds the 48-volt electrical system.
The combined output of 456hp and 567lb-ft (769Nm) of torque is channeled to all four corners through a 9-speed auto. Naught to 62mph (100km/h) takes only 4.5sec in the mild hybrid, and top speed is limited to 167mph (270km/h) with the optional AMG Driver's package, or 155mph (250km/h) without it.
Deep-pocketed enthusiasts will get to order the new Mercedes-AMG CLS 53 4Matic+ in the coming months, when they will likely spend close to $100,000 in the US of A, given that the old model, which can still be had here, starts from $75,150.
Until the top-of-the-line CLS goes on sale, though, it can be viewed live at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show, where it will remain until January 28. It can also be seen on video, as it celebrates its dynamic debut in the first commercial.