Even as the auto industry transitions into electrification, AMG spinoffs follow the debut of a new Mercedes-Benz as surely as the moon follows the sun through the sky. And so it is not the least bit surprising — but still plenty delightful — that just five months after revealing the new CLE-class coupe and convertible, Mercedes is now announcing the 2024 AMG CLE53 Coupe.
A quick refresher: The CLE is an all-new model in the Mercedes lineup, splitting the difference between the C-Class and E-Class. The latest-generation C-Class debuted for the 2022 model year, and a new E-Class is expected to be in dealerships soon.
While the CLE has a graceful, refined shape, the Mercedes-AMG CLE sports wider front and rear fenders, and its track widths grow 2.3 inches wider up front and a full 3.0 inches broader in the rear. Its unique front end sports a taller center intake flanked by two gaping inlets, while four large-caliber circular exhaust finishers punch through the rear fascia. An optional AMG Performance Studio Package adds more slatted vents, a more pronounced rear spoiler and a rear diffuser. Nineteen-inch wheels are standard; 20s are available. Four-piston brake calipers squeeze 14.6-inch rotors at the front, while single-piston clamps grab 14.2-inch discs out back.