2016 Geneva Preview: The 2017 Mercedes-AMG C43 Coupe – it’s here as a more affordable variant to the C63

Mercedes-AMG decided to let the dogs out by revealing the all-new C43 AMG. And although it doesn’t have a 4.3L engine, it has a 4.0L twin-turbo mill with six cylinders, meaning yes, this is a less powerful C-Class AMG Coupe when compared to the C63 AMG.

The C43 AMG Coupe is here to kick some butt, particularly Audi S5 and Lexus RC F butt, and then some, but not so much the M4 and CTS-V lot, because that’s what the C63 is for.

Because the C43 AMG Coupe is basically the C-Class AMG, but in two-door form, it looks exactly such, similarly to the C63 AMG. This means a more aggressive bodykit than the standard coupe, larger wheels, bigger brakes, upgraded suspension, steering, and interior, and so-on.

That V6 sends power to the rear-biased all-wheel drive system through Merc’s latest 9G-TRONIC nine-speed automatic, resulting in a 0-60 time of just 4.6 seconds.


The Mercedes-AMG C43 Coupe

New member of the C-Class Performance family

The key data

  Mercedes-AMG C 43 Coupe
Engine 3.0-liter V6 Biturbo
Displacement 2996 cc
Output 362 hp @ 5500-6000 rpm
Peak torque 384 lb-ft. @ 2000-4200 rpm
Acceleration 0-60 mph 4.6 s
Top speed 155 mph*

* Electronically limited

The highlights

  • 3.0-liter V6 Biturbo engine with modified engine control unit for increased boost and high-revving

  • 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission with double-declutching function when shifting down and exhilaratingly short response times in “Sport Plus” mode

  • AMG Performance 4MATIC all-wheel drive with rear-biased torque distribution of 31 to 69 percent (front axle to rear axle)

  • AMG RIDE CONTROL sport suspension with adaptive variable damping in three stages; mode can be selected via button, adopted from Mercedes-AMG C63

  • AMG DYNAMIC SELECT switch for dynamic, individually-selectable driving experience with five drive modes and AMG-specific tuning

  • Three-stage Electronic Stability Program ESP®

  • Front axle with newly developed steering knuckles and load-bearing joints on the spring link. Elastokinematic adjustments to the links have been adopted from the Mercedes-AMG C63

  • Rear axle with elastokinematics tailored to higher driving dynamics

  • Large braking system with internally ventilated compound brake discs, perforated at the front with a diameter of 14.2″, and with a diameter of 12.6″ at the rear

  • AMG styling with distinctive front and rear apron as well as special tailpipes

  • Diamond radiator grill with chrome-plated pins and louvers in high-gloss black

  • 18″ AMG light-alloy wheels in 5-spoke design, painted high-gloss black with a high-sheen finish

  • AMG instrument cluster with checkered flag design with 180 mph scale and AMG main menu

  • Multifunction sports steering wheel in leather with deep embossing in grip area, flattened bottom section and red contrasting topstitching

  • Upholstery in MB-Tex / DINAMICA microfiber in black with sport seat upholstery layout and red topstitching


– By: Chris Chin

Source: Mercedes-AMG

Chris Chin

Chris Chin is the Editor-In-Chief of egmCarTech and is a regular contributor to Automobile Magazine.

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