GENEVA LIVE. Mercedes-AMG C 43 waves good-bye to AMG Sport Line

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Mercedes’ sports arm, the Mercedes-AMG division, celebrated not one but two premieres at the 2016 Geneva motor show: the C 43 Coupe and the C 43 Convertible – a strong sign that Daimler is preparing to say good-bye for good to the AMG Sport line.

Powered by a 3.0-liter V6 biturbo, both models are credited with no less than 367 HP (270 kW) and peak torque of 520 Nm. Resources are sent to all wheels via the state-of-the-art 9G-Tronic transmission, the first application of a nine-speed gearbox on a fully fledged Mercedes-AMG model.

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.

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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 C 43 gets the entire package of AMG styling, together with 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. A notable feat is the AMG RIDE CONTROL sports suspension with adaptive variable damping in three stages, offered as standard.

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In fact, the new Mercedes-AMG C 43 Coupe marks not one, but two premieres for AMG (besides the 9G-Tronic that is), 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.

Interesting enough, the sedan and T-Modell continue to be offered in C 450 AMG Sport Line guise, but that is not bound to last for long. Eventually, all AMG Sport line models are bound to vanish and moved up, gaining the proper Mercedes-AMG status.

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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.