Here comes the new Mercedes-AMG C 43 4MATIC. There is no V6 in the lineup, but the move is far from a downgrade. In times of downsizing, Mercedes equips the entry-level performance version with an electrified 2.0-liter four-cylinder electrified turbo unit.
The world’s first unit to feature an electrified exhaust gas turbocharger arrives in the Mercedes C-Class range. The 2.0-liter four-cylinder with a 48-volt electrical system provides 408 PS (402 HP) and a maximum torque of 500 Nm (369 lb-ft), with extra 14 PS in certain driving conditions. The engine transfers resources to both axles via the AMG Speedshift MCT 9G transmission and the AMG Performance 4MATIC all-wheel drive with rear-biased torque distribution.
The car comes standard with rear-axle steering and AMG Performance and the AMG Ride Control Suspension with Adaptive Damping System is optional.
New Mercedes-AMG C 43 with supercar figures
The new Mercedes-AMG C 43 4MATIC Saloon runs from zero to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.6 seconds. Meanwhile, the Estate needs 4.7 seconds to cover the distance. Top speed is electronically limited at 250 km/h (155 mph) for both versions. It goes all the way to 265 km/h (165 mph) if the customer ticks the optional AMG Driver’s Package. Things get easier in terms of speed if the one behind the wheel engages the RACE START function. The ECO start/stop function automatically engages in the Comfort mode, while the Glide function can be activated in the Individual mode.
The AMG Dynamics also comes standard and it includes five driving programs. They are Slippery, Comfort, Sport, Sport+ and Individual. Drivers can also choose one of the settings of the damping system: Comfort, Sport or Sport+.
Of course, you’ll need to stop the car with 408 PS in time. That is exactly why you get internally ventilated and perforated brake discs of 370 x 36 millimeters with 4-piston fixe calipers on the front axle and of 320 x 24 millimeters with one-piston floating calipers at the rear.
The AMG exhaust system performs according to the drive program engage. Those onboard the new Mercedes-AMG C 43 4MATIC can enjoy an enhanced soundtrack via the optional AMG Real Performance Sound.
The Mercedes-AMG C 43 4MATIC displays sporty interior
It’s easy to spot the new version in traffic. They come with the AMG Panamericana radiator grille with vertical struts in chrome. There are an AMG front apron with flics and sport air intakes, plus a diffuser and two round twin tailpipes at the opposite end. The car can get 18-inch alloys as standard. But there are also options for 19- and 20-inch wheels.
The AMG seats in Artico leather or Microcut microfiber in black with red contrasting stitching highlight the sporty nature of the model. Leather and nappa leather seats are optional. The driver gets the AMG Performance steering wheel in nappa leather with a flattened bottom section and aluminum paddle shifters. The MBUX infotainment system in various versions is also available, with an optional head-up display.
Mercedes fitted the new C 43 4MATIC with the AMG Track Pace, the data logger that motivates drivers to perform on the racetrack. The software records more than 80 vehicle-specific data such as speed, acceleration, steering angle and brake pedal actuation ten times per second. The system also displays lap and sector times.