Just last year, Mercedes unveiled the new, four-cylinder-only C-Class luxury sedan. And all that was missing from the lineup was the AMG option. Today, we finally see the 2023 Mercedes-AMG C43, and it sticks with the four-cylinder theme, but it certainly doesn’t sacrifice performance.
Beneath the hood is a longitudinal version of the M139 turbocharged 2.0-liter engine. But this version produces 402 horsepower at 6,750 rpm and 369 pound-feet of torque at 5,000 rpm. This is approximately the highest output for the engine, short of the European CLA 45 S of 416-horsepower. The engine also features a super trick exhaust-powered turbocharger that features an electric motor on the turbine shaft to capture its exhaust. It’s part of the trickle-down technology from the brand’s F1 race car. More electrical support comes from the 48-volt, 13-horsepower electric starter generator that enables coastal and even better, longer engine stop-start.
Power goes through a nine-speed automatic transmission to a rear-biased all-wheel-drive system. Torque split typically 31% front and 69% rear. This entire powertrain runs from AMG C 43 to 60 mph in 4.6 seconds and the maximum speed of the car is 155 mph. With optional 19- and 20-inch wheels comes a higher 165 mph top speed limit.
For the chassis, it has adaptive suspension and standard rear-wheel steering. The brakes have also been upgraded with 14.6-inch drilled and pneumatic rotor on the front and 12.6-inch rotors on the rear. The front calipers are fixed to the four-piston single and the rear floating in the single-piston version. 18-inch wheels are standard with 245-millimeter-wide tires, but as previously mentioned, 19- and 20-inch wheels are available.
Naturally, being an AMG product, the C43 has visual upgrades on the exterior and interior. On the outside, it gets a unique grille with vertical slats and AMG badges. It has more aggressive front and rear bumpers with matching side skirts. The trunk gets a little spoiler, and the exhaust features quad exhaust tips, two on each side. Inside the car, it gets a sport seat and steering wheel, followed by a drive mode-select dial. The upholstery includes black MB-Tex incorrect suede inserts. The red stitching and seatbelt adds some contrast. It has aluminum paddles and illuminated door seals. Like other C-Class models, the interior has a 12.3-inch instrument display and a new vertical 11.9-inch infotainment touchscreen. Some optional items include a head-up display, enhanced video for navigation, and an AMG track pace data logger.
The AMG C43 will go on sale later this year. The price has not yet been announced. This will probably be the most expensive version of the smaller sedan.