Presentation and price: C43 from 71,000 euros (update!)
The new C-Class is finally AMG! As the C 43, the mid-range Swabia gets a sporty four-cylinder for the first time and will in future do without the previous V6.
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The engine is basically derived from the 45 A-Class models, but comes with an electric turbocharger. The C 43 can be ordered immediately, and the sedan will cost at least 71,460 euros. Station wagons start from 73,245 euros.
Appearance and interior: Contrast stitching creates an AMG feeling
Traditionally, the metallic finish of the C 43 hasn’t changed much compared to the regular C-Class with the AMG line. At first glance, only the plaques on the fenders and the four round exhausts reveal the smallest C-AMG.
Once inside, the new AMG sports steering wheel and optional décor immediately catch the eye. The contrast stitching on the dashboard and door panels brings out the right feel. Their new generation of optional performance seats was also introduced with the C 43.
Equipment and engine: Turbo electric for C 43
In addition to greater power, the C-Class as the 43 model always gets all-wheel steering. All-wheel drive with rear bias torque distribution and an adjustable chassis are also part of the standard C 43 equipment. With M 139 engines from class A, C 43 is now also given a completely overhauled engine by mechanics.
The one man, one engine principle is typical for most AMG units and is now also used in the smallest C-Class branches bearing the AMG logo.
Performance: Over 400 hp in class C
The mild hybrid produces 408 hp (+ 14 hp hybrid boost) and is said to be convincing with an electric turbocharger with excellent response behavior without turbo lag. Here, a small electric motor is placed on the shaft of the turbocharger, which is why it can be operated independently of the engine speed and the amount of exhaust gases. The transmission is a nine-speed automatic with a wet start clutch.
The C 43 completes a standard sprint to 100 km/h in just 4.6 seconds, a travel time of one-tenth longer. It ends at 250 km/h, for an additional 2250 euros in the “AMG Driver Package” the top speed can be increased to 265 km/h.