2023 Mercedes-AMG C43 is the extra-sportified version of the new C-class, along with AMG’s downsized future. AMG has been downsizing its engine with a twin-turbo V6 displaced by a turbo four in the 2023 Mercedes-AMG C43. However, this is not new, AMG has been producing four-cylinder engines since 2013, and fitting them transversely to cars like GLA, CLA, and A-class.
Just like the regular C-class, it sports a well-finished cabin with a high level of standard technology. The MBUX operating system powers the 12.3-inch portrait-oriented central touchscreen and the steering wheel houses four spokes plus two round binnacles to accommodate all of its controls. Also, there’s now a physical AMG button to get straight to the dynamic settings.
The new C43 engine is more sophisticated than its predecessor, but in the meantime, it’s less charismatic. The exhaust note keeps up with the potent four-cylinder engine and easily manages some pops when the throttle is lifted, although some of that is digitally enhanced through the audio system. But it’s much more muted than previous AMG models, and it fades to complete numb at cruising speeds. The electric turbo and its contribution is almost invisible, one can hear an enhanced induction whine at lower speeds as the turbo builds boost.
When tapped, throttle response is clean and lag-free, with no delay even when constant revs are applied. The automatic gearbox works smoothly and intelligently, but there is a noticeable pause on manual downshifts via the steering-wheel paddles. As expected from AMG, steering is good with more low-level feedback. The grip levels are impressive, too, with Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires. The car rides firm at low speeds, regardless of drive modes and the controlled adjustable dampers make it easy on the 20-inch rims.
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Engine, Performance, Top Speed & 0-60 Mph
The new engine replaces the 3.0L twin-turbo V6, but it has not lost the power. Using an advanced electrically assisted turbocharger, the turbo is built by Garrett Motion and uses a compact electric motor between the turbine and compressor which acts directly on the shaft. This adds a claimed 6 kW of assistance and spins at speeds of up to 170,000 rpm. The turbo’s e-motor builds boost even when exhaust gas isn’t flowing, this helps reduce response delay. With that, the C43 is hugely fast and dynamically secure. AMG claims a top speed of 155 mph and 4.6 seconds to 60 mph. Also, the car now features a launch-control system and significant weight reduction.
Wheelbase: 112.8 in
Length: 188.6 in
Width: 71.8 in
Height: 57.1 in
Passenger Volume: 93 ft3
Trunk Volume: 12 ft3
Curb Weight (C/D est): 3900 lb
The pricing for the base variant should start at $63,000 (est). Even if there is a downgrade in the soul, it still sports the power and dynamics to cater to a good experience for the driver.
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