Mercedes-AMG C43 Coupe - turbocharged V6 joins AMG lineup

Sub-C63 model uses a twin-turbocharged V6 and treads a subtler path than its V8 big brother

We’ve not seen the name ‘C43’ on the back of a C-class for a while now – since the first-generation C-class, in fact. Back then, the C43 replaced the old C36 AMG, trading six cylinders and a supercharger for eight naturally-aspirated chambers.

The latest addition to the C-class family, the Mercedes-AMG C 43 4Matic does the opposite, its 3-litre, twin-turbocharged V6 giving potential AMG buyers a more affordable alternative to the existing V8-powered C63 model.

Subscribe to evo magazine

Subscribe today to have every issue of evo delivered straight to you. You'll SAVE 39% on the shop price, and get evo for its original cover price for a whole year!

That’s not to say the C43 is some kind of under-nourished poor relation to its V8 brother: AMG has tweaked the ECU, increased turbocharger boost pressure and raised the rev limiter to liberate 362bhp from the Mercedes V6, equivalent to the output in larger, heavier models like the GLE 450 AMG.

Between 2000-4200rpm there’s 384lb ft of torque on offer, directed through Mercedes’ new nine-speed, 9G-Tronic automatic transmission. Sport and Sport Plus modes give drivers faster shifting options, and even Eco and Comfort shifts are quicker than they are in cooking models.

The result is a 0-62mph time of 4.7sec – seven tenths behind the V8 – and an electronically-limited top speed of 155mph. With combined economy of up to 36.2mpg, it’s also slightly more frugal than the V8’s quoted 32.8mpg.

As the 4Matic name suggests, all-wheel drive is standard, with a rear-biased setup that sees 69 per cent of the engine’s torque sent to the back wheels in typical driving.

AMG Ride Control sport suspension handles movements of the four-link front and multi-link rear axles. Here, as with the transmission, various modes are available to make the most of the variable setup – Comfort, Sport and Sport Plus settings are activated on a button press.

If you’ve not yet finished prodding around the cabin, you’ll also find Eco, Comfort, Sport, Sport Plus and Individual modes to the AMG Dynamic Select system, which changes the behaviour of the engine, transmission, suspension and steering.

Exterior styling isn’t quite as aggressive as its V8 sibling, but has enough aesthetic cues to separate it from lesser models. Large intakes define the front bumper, and the grille features distinctive chrome-plated ‘pins’.

Mirror housings, waistline trim and window frames are black, while Biturbo, 4Matic, AMG and C43 badging reaffirms the model’s origins. A set of 18-inch alloy wheels (also painted black) is standard; 19-inch items are optional.

Inside you get sports seats covered in Artico artificial leather and microfibre cloth, materials that also cover much of the dashboard, door panels and centre console. It’s set off by red stitching, an AMG instrument cluster and multifunction steering wheel.

The C43 Coupe is to be the first in a series of ‘43’ models that support their brisker ‘63’ brethren in the AMG lineup. No pricing details have yet been announced – expect those to follow closer to the car’s launch.

Recommended

Bentley Flying Spur now available with 542bhp V8
Bentley Flying Spur saloon

Bentley Flying Spur now available with 542bhp V8

14 Oct 2020
BMW M4 review
BMW M4 coupe

BMW M4 review

7 Oct 2020
2022 Subaru BRZ teased – new Toyota GR86 twin first to emerge
Subaru BRZ

2022 Subaru BRZ teased – new Toyota GR86 twin first to emerge

5 Oct 2020
BMW M Performance parts for M3 and M4 revealed
BMW M4 coupe

BMW M Performance parts for M3 and M4 revealed

23 Sep 2020

Most Popular

Cupra Leon eHybrid 2020 review – are hybrids and hot hatchbacks still mutually exclusive?
Cupra

Cupra Leon eHybrid 2020 review – are hybrids and hot hatchbacks still mutually exclusive?

Cupra’s hybrid hot hatch isn’t really sure what it wants to be – wait for the regular Cupra instead
16 Oct 2020
Range Rover D350 Autobiography 2020 review – new straight-six diesel a great fit
Land Rover Range Rover

Range Rover D350 Autobiography 2020 review – new straight-six diesel a great fit

The Range Rover’s new powertrain improves an admittedly aging package, but age doesn’t inhibit regality and it still has that in excess
17 Oct 2020
454bhp Ford Mustang Mach 1 to go on sale in the UK
Ford Mustang

454bhp Ford Mustang Mach 1 to go on sale in the UK

Ford has brought back the Mach 1 to the Mustang range after 17 years, and it’s officially coming to the UK
16 Oct 2020
2020 Volkswagen Golf R set for November 4th reveal
Volkswagen Golf R

2020 Volkswagen Golf R set for November 4th reveal

The new Mk8 VW Golf R is gearing up to join the Arteon R and Tiguan R
15 Oct 2020