C 43 gets first 9-speed gearbox in Mercedes-AMG’s history

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The all-new Mercedes-AMG C 43 Coupe packs a 9-speed gearbox instead of the ubiquitous 7G-Tronic of old. This is probably a detail you’d be forgiven for not noticing, but big news for Mercedes’ sporty arm.

Yes, you’ve read that right. Mercedes-AMG is finally joining the gears war and starts using the state-of-the-art 9G-Tronic transmission manufactured in Sebes, Romania. Of course, AMG engineers worked to reduce shift times and to provide better efficiency, offering remaped “Sport” and “Sport Plus” modes as well.

In fact, the new Mercedes-AMG C 43 Coupe marks not one, but two premieres for AMG, signalling the inevitable demise of Mercedes’ AMG Sport Line. The C 43 basically skipped the C 450 AMG Sport Line badging, getting the fully flegded AMG title instead – just as we predicted last month.

The C 43 gets the entire package of AMG styling, together with the 367 HP/520 Nm pumping 3.0-liter V6 biturbo – familiar from the C 450 sedan. Sprinting from a standstill to 100 km/h only takes 4.7 seconds on the car’s way to an electronically limited top speed of 250 km/h.

The Mercedes-AMG C 43 Coupé boasts the 4MATIC all-wheel drive with rear-biased torque distribution of 31 to 69 percent and an AMG RIDE CONTROL sports suspension with adaptive variable damping in three stages.


But why C 43? Simple. Mercedes-AMG considers the plate is a subtle nod to the C 43 AMG from the 90’s, as well as simply rhyming too conveniently with the bigger 63 badged models, using a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8.

And this is only the beginning. Accordingly, current Mercedes-Benz C 450 AMG will be rechristened as the Mercedes-AMG C 43 with a Mercedes-AMG E 43 also set to follow shortly after the new E-Class’ commercial debut this Summer.

Eventually, all AMG Sport line models are bound to vanish and moved up, gaining the proper Mercedes-AMG status.