What’s a Mercedes-AMG C43 Coupe then?
Not a typo. The Mercedes-AMG C43 4MATIC Coupe – to use its full name – isn’t as bonkers as the full-fat C63, but it still provides enough schnell to warrant the Mercedes-AMG tag.
What do I need to know?
Power comes from a 3.0-litre, twin-turbo V6 motor serving up 367bhp and 384lb/ft of torque, which by most definitions is plenty. And considerably more than both the BMW 440i and Audi S5.
The engine is hooked up to nine-speed automatic gearbox that sends drive to 4MATIC four-wheel-drive. 0-62mph passes in just 4.7secs (0.8secs behind the C63) and top speed is limited to 155mph.
4WD always delivers fantastic traction (hence that 0-62 time) but often kills any fun once the road gets twisty. Not so here as torque is split 31:69 percent front to rear, so sideways antics aren’t out the question.
Much of the running is pilfered from the C63, including the suspension and three-stage adaptive dampers. The front axle receives new steering knuckles and both the kinematics at both ends have been recalibrated for better dynamics. There are many drive modes to choose from in the Dynamic Select system, too.
The brakes have beefed up to cope, now measuring 360mm at the front and 320mm at the rear. 18in gloss black wheels come as standard along with a more muscular bodykit.
You may or may not remember the C43 AMG of 1997, the second AMG-fettled C-Class and the first with a V8 engine, which produced 306bhp and was exactly one second slower from 0-62 than the new AMG C43. Good ones – and there aren’t many left – are becoming quite collectible.
Back to the present and a number of other ’43’ models will be launched in due course, presumably including the C-Class saloon and estate. Slightly confusingly, the same engine is used in the ‘AMG Performance’ GLE450 SUV.
When can I buy one?
From early April.
How much does it cost?
Unconfirmed, but reckon on £45,000 to £50,000. Or about twenty grand less than the C63.
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By Only Motors