The Mercedes-AMG C 43 replaces the old 3.0-liter six-cylinder petrol with a new lightweight hybrid four-cylinder unit.
Mercedes-AMG has unveiled the first performance derivative of the new sixth-generation C class with the new C 43. The AMG got a lightweight styling update that brings a more aggressive look than a regular sedan although the biggest news here is its engine. Unlike its six -cylinder -powered predecessor, the new C 43 has migrated to a smaller lightweight hybrid four -cylinder turbo petrol engine even though power has increased from before.
Starting with the engine, the four-cylinder turbo petrol is the 2.0-liter M139 unit commonly used by Mercedes-AMG in its small car range as well as in the new AMG SL 43. Like the SL, the unit in the C 43 is mounted longitudinally and features an electric turbocharger instead of a regular exhaust gas unit along with a belt -driven starter generator to provide a small boost during hard acceleration. The unit produces 402 bhp – up from its 385bhp predecessor – and 500 Nm of peak torque – down 20 Nm.
The unit is mated to a 9-speed automatic gearbox as standard with power delivered to all four wheels via a rear-biased AMG-specific 4Matic all-wheel drive system. The C 43 also gets rear -wheel steering as standard with a maximum steering angle of up to 2.5 degrees.
Mercedes claims the new C 43 sedan hit 100 kmsj from a standstill in 4.6 seconds with an estate 0.1 seconds slower. Top speed is limited to 250 kmph although it can be increased up to 265 kmph via the optional AMG Driver Package.
The C 43 is located on a steel spring with an adaptive damper as standard. The AMG C 43 also gets a new exhaust to give it more AMG exhaust notes with buyers also able to opt for a performance sound pack that uses a synthesizer to add exhaust notes through the car’s speakers.
Turning to styling, the C 43 gets some sportier design touches to help it stand out. On the front, it gets an AMG Panamericana grille along with a sportier bumper (this unit is similar to what you get on the AMG Sport package on the regular C class). The new side skirt and rear bumper along with four exhausts complete the sportier look of the AMG.
The cabin also gets some AMG -specific touches including some AMG -specific graphics for the touch screen and digital dial, AMG flat bottom steering wheel and AMG sports seats in the front.
The AMG C 43 will go on sale worldwide in two body styles, a standard and estate sedan.
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