WITH technology derived directly from Formula 1, the latest generation of the Mercedes-AMG C 43 4MATIC sets new standards for innovative drive solutions, both as a Sedan and an Estate.
Following its premiere in the Mercedes-AMG SL 43, the AMG 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine, the world’s first series-production unit to feature an electric exhaust gas turbocharger, is now being used in the C-Class.
The new form of turbocharging guarantees particularly spontaneous response across the rev range and thus offers a more dynamic driving experience. The turbocharger is operated via a 48-volt electrical system, which feeds the belt-driven starter-generator (RSG).
In the Mercedes-AMG C 43 4MATIC, the unit produces 300kW and, in certain driving situations, is able to call upon a brief additional boost of 10kW from the RSG.
Rear-axle steering, AMG Performance 4MATIC permanent all-wheel drive with rear-biased torque distribution, SPEEDSHIFT MCT 9G transmission with wet start-off clutch, and RIDE CONTROL suspension with adaptive damping also contribute to the driving experience.
In keeping with this, brand-specific features in the equipment and appointments, as well as in the exterior and interior design, emphasise the performance-oriented character of the new Mercedes-AMG C 43 4 MATIC.
The Sedan accelerates from a standstill to 100km/h in just 4.6 seconds, while the Estate takes only slightly longer for the same exercise, at 4.7 seconds. The top speed is electronically limited at 250km/h in both models.
By adding the optional AMG driver’s package, it can be raised to 265km/h in each case. There are also five drive programs, including Slippery, Comfort, Sport, Sport+ and Individual, with each altering a wide range of vehicle characteristics.
For example, in Sport and Sport+, the engine’s responsiveness, the transmission’s shifting behaviour and the suspension and steering are tuned to be particularly agile. The C 43 4MATIC also features AMG’s driving dynamic control system.
This enhances the stabilising functions of the electronic stability program, with interventions to add agility to the steering characteristics and additional functions.
When cornering at speed, for example, brief braking intervention at the inner rear wheel generates a defined yawing moment around the vertical axis for responsive and precise turn-in.
The AMG sports braking system with silver-painted brake callipers and black “AMG” lettering guarantees outstanding deceleration values and optimum control.
In terms of exterior design, an AMG-specific radiator grille with vertical struts in chrome, AMG front apron with flics, sporty air intakes and chrome-plated trim elements all feature, as do matching side sill panels.
The C 43 4MATIC is fitted with AMG light-alloy wheels and 18-inch tyres as standard, with 19 and 20-inch tyres available as options. Inside, AMG seats with a distinctive upholstery layout and seat covers in ARTICO man-made leather/MICROCUT microfibre feature.
These are black with red contrasting stitching. Red seat belts provide a particularly sporty touch. Further options include leather and Nappa leather seat covers. Added to this is the AMG Performance steering wheel in Nappa leather, with a flattened bottom section.
The two round AMG steering wheel buttons allow fast and unerring operation of various dynamic driving functions as well. The instrument panel and the beltlines are upholstered in ARTICO man-made leather with red top stitching.
The sporty-luxurious atmosphere is rounded off by AMG sports pedals, floor mats and illuminated door sill trims with AMG lettering. The MBUX infotainment system includes various AMG-specific displays and functions too.
These include special displays in the instrument cluster, in the portrait-format multimedia central display in the centre console, and in the optional head-up display. For further information and pricing, please contact your local Mercedes-Benz dealer.