Mercedes-Benz closes the gap between the regular C-Class and its raw, sporty alter-ego, the C 63 AMG. Meet the new C 450 AMG Sport 4Matic with 367 HP and permanent all-wheel drive, one of this year’s Detroit Auto Show stars.
The new AMG Sport Line will pose as the bridge between the Mercedes ‘civil’ models and the sporty, although more expensive AMG variants. After the GLE 450 AMG Coupe, it’s the C-Class’ turn to join the range. The new Mercedes-Benz C 450 4Matic AMG will be available in both sedan and station wagon form, each equipped with a 367 HP 3.0-liter V6 bi-turbo gasoline engine.
The C 450 AMG Sport 4Matic confirms right from the start its strong AMG roots with distinctive styling features such as the larger air intakes, a modified rear bumper with integrated diffuser and its black side mirrors and darkened chrome exhaust pipes. A spoiler lip on the boot lid (in the case of the saloon) and a roof spoiler (for the station wagon) optimize air flow, while decorative elements in silver chrome and glossy black coupled with the now ubiquitous chrome pinned front grille help set the C 450 4Matic AMG visually apart from its regular brethen. New 18-inch AMG five-spoke design light-alloy wheels in high-gloss black crown the optics, with optional 19-inch variants also available.
The interior and the sports seats are all swathed in black leather, with the red stitching and red seat belts providing a much welcomed visual constrat. The instrument panel and doors also play host to discreet Brushed Aluminium trimming, while the three-spoke multifunction steering wheel in nappa leather is flattened at the bottom. The red pointer speedometer in the instrument cluster can soar up to 280 km / h. Do not get too excited, though, as the C450 AMG Sport 4Matic’s maximum speed is electronically limited to 250 km / h.
As a testament to AMG’s constant strive for perfection, the new C 450 AMG Sport is the technological tour de force you would expect it to be. The car has been thoroughly revised by AMG’s own engineers, with the 3-liter V6 bi-turbo engine at the center of the stage. The boost pressure has been increased with the output going up to 367 HP (270 kW) and 520 Nm – available from 2000 to 4200 rpm. This arsenal allows the C 450 AMG Sport to accelerate in 4.9 seconds from 0 to 100 km / h, with the Model T, 0.1 seconds slower. The mixed consumption is, according to Mercedes, 7.6 l/100 km, with the CO2 emissions rated at 178 grams per kilometer.
The all-wheel drive 4Matic system ensures proper traction, normally sending 33 percent of engine power to the front axle and 67 percent to the rear axle. The sports brake system is also new and features 360 mm diameter front and 320 mm rear ventilated steel discs with grey calipers. Mercedes-Benz C 450 AMG Sport 4Matic also inherits a series of chassis characteristics from its bigger brother, the C63, including new load bearing joints, extra negative camber and revised steering knuckles, plus updated front pull rods, adjustable dampers, tweaked front axle carrier and firmer springs.
The driver can specifically alter the car’s character to suit its own tastes. Four selectable driving modes “Sport”, “Sport Plus”, “Comfort” and “Individual” are available, all changing the settings of the chassis, the steering or the drive train to provide either the classic AMG taut handling and gruff engine sound or comfortable gliding inspired by the best of Mercedes’ fine saloons. In Eco mode, the C 450 AMG Sport 4Matic is additionally tamed by the start-stop function and the sailing function of the gearbox, all for the sake of lowering fuel consumption. The seven-speed 7G-Tronic automatic transmission also reacts to the different driving modes, allowing the driver to change gears completely manually by the steering column mounted pads, if he wishes to. In addition, it features software mapping taken directly from AMG’s state of the art SpeedShift 7-speed unit.
Commercial debut is set to take place this Summer, with prices allegedly starting at 75.000 euros, according to predictions made by the German media.