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2009-01-22 07:59
The E-Class has a strong AMG heritage going back to 1986. Merc has released details concerning AMG's package for the W212 series.

Affalterbach’s AMG kit includes styling elements (interior and exterior) and some soft dynamic upgrades too.

From a styling perspective the AMG kit enlarges the front apron’s cooling ducts, runs new side skirts along the sides and trims up the rear with a new apron too.

From the rear you’ll be able to distinguish the different engine configurations with polished stainless exhausts finishing in either twin-oval (four-cylinder petrol), single-oval (four-cylinder petrol) or twin-rectangular (V6 and V8 models).

That's an AMG steering wheel. Really?

Interior embellishments include sports seats and steering wheel; though both are hardly top spec AMG; the steering wheel looks decidedly standard, a flat-bottomed item might have been more convincing. Flanking it are direct shift paddles on automatic models, which add manual ‘M’ transmission mode.

The rest of the interior benefits from additional leather trim and a set of brushed stainless steel pedals embedded with rubber grip studs - for those who like their left-foot braking or heel-and-toe antics on the manual shift models. To remind you where your money went the floormats feature AMG lettering…

Dynamically the AMG package should improve handling responsiveness and body control thanks to 18-inch alloy wheels shod with 245/40 profile tyres up front and 265/35s at the rear. The direct control suspension system has been lowered by 15mm too.

Authentic AMG products (such as the forthcoming E63) have always been strangely fetching in E-Class guise. AMG styling packages though, are probably best left to the more entry level, youth orientated C-Class range.

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