Mercedes-Benz has added a new sporting variant to the C-Class range with the arrival of the Mercedes-AMG C 43 coupe.
Power is transferred to Mercedes-Benz' 4Matic all-wheel-drive system via a 9-speed automatic transmission. The powertrain package itself isn’t new, having been already available overseas in the C450 AMG sedan.
What is new however, is the naming convention. The ‘450’ designation is dropped in favour of the AMG-styled ‘43’ badge, putting the new model at a midway point between the regular C-Class, and the fire-breathing C 63.
Capable of a 0-100 km/h sprint time of 4.7 seconds, the C 43 offers features such as AMG Ride Control adaptive dampers, three-stage stability control, front suspension geometry borrowed from the C 63 coupe, and a larger brake package including 360mm front and 320mm rear ventilated discs.
Inside, the C 43 arrives with a flat-bottomed sports-profile steering wheel including red top-stitching, Artico man-made leather and Dinamica microfibre sports seats, and an AMG ‘chequered flag’ instrument cluster.
Borrowing from Formula 1, the specially AMG-prepared 3.0 litre twin-turbo V6 features Nanoslide-coated cylinder liners. Peak power of 270kW arrived between 5500 and 6000rpm, while peak torque of 520Nm comes online from 2000 to 4200rpm.
Styling cues incorporate the Mercedes-Benz diamond-pattern grille, with a single bar insert (not the twin bar of the C63) sports styled front and rear bumpers, a matt silver rear-diffuser, gloss black mirror-housing and beltline mouldings.
The C 43 rolls on a set of 18-inch five-spoke alloy wheels, measuring 7.5 inches wide at the front, and 8.5 inches wide at the rear, with a variety of optionalal 19-inch alloys also available.
Next week at the Geneva Motor Show, Mercedes-Benz will also unveil its first convertible C-Class, with a C 43 variant also expected to join the soft-top range.
Australia will get the C 43 as a sedan and coupe before the end of this year, with pricing and specifications to be announced closer to the launch date.
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