The new Mercedes-AMG C 43 4MATIC showcases the latest generation 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine, now utilising technology derived directly from Formula 1 to combine high performance with exemplary efficiency.
The new unit, developed entirely at Mercedes-AMG in Affalterbach and manufactured in accordance with the time-honoured principle of “One Man, One Engine”, is the world’s first series-production unit to feature an electric exhaust gas turbocharger.
The innovative system derives from the technology used by the Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 team, and is operated via a 48‑volt electrical system, which also feeds the belt-driven starter-generator.
In the Mercedes‑AMG C 43 4MATIC, the engine produces 300kW of power and 500Nm of torque. In certain driving situations, a brief additional boost of 10kW can be supplied. This guarantees spontaneous response across the entire rev range.
Other performance-focused attributes include standard rear-axle steering, AMG Performance 4MATIC permanent all-wheel drive with rear-biased torque distribution, and an AMG Speedshift MCT 9G transmission with wet start-off clutch.
AMG ride control suspension with adaptive damping also features. The drivetrain package ensures the C 43 4MATIC accelerates from a standstill to 100km/h in just 4.6 seconds, with an electronically limited top speed of 250km/h. Fuel economy averages 9.4-litres/100km.
Inside and out, numerous AMG-specific details underscore both the dynamic and luxurious character of the C 43 4MATIC. In terms of exterior design, these include the AMG-specific radiator grille with vertical struts in chrome.
You’ll also find an AMG front apron with flics, sporty air intakes and chrome-plated trim element, the matching side sill panels, the diffuser-look rear apron and two round twin-tailpipe trim elements.
The C 43 4MATIC is fitted with AMG light-alloy wheels and 20-inch tyres as standard. Inside, AMG seats feature a distinctive upholstery layout in leather finished in black or black with red inserts.
Added to this is an AMG Performance steering wheel in Nappa leather, with a flattened bottom section, perforated grip area, and aluminium gearshift paddles. Two AMG selectors on the steering wheel face allow fast operation of various dynamic driving functions.
The sporty-luxurious atmosphere is rounded out by AMG sports pedals, AMG floor mats and illuminated front 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 head-up display. Added to this is the shortcut button for the AMG dynamic select drive programs.
A Performance Ergonomic Package is also available. This includes an upgrade to AMG Performance seats with red stitching and AMG Track Pace, which includes a data logger for use on the race track.
The 2023 Mercedes-AMG C 43 4MATIC will retail for $134,900 plus on-roads, with customer deliveries expected to start this month. If you’re keen on one and need finance, talk to CreditOne.