SUVs are so ubiquitous these days, you could say they have become the “standard” car type.
Sure, for many, the pickup or city car is still the vehicle category, but even normal cars are slowly becoming more SUV oriented.
However, when it comes to sports cars and premium sedans, luckily things go on as usual; the C-Class, 3-Series and Audi’s A4 line are all as low, sleek and attractive as they’ve always been.
Choosing between them is usually a matter of taste as they are so closely matched today, especially at the performance model level, but the Mercedes-Benz AMG C43 is quite tempting in 2022.
We look at the best parts of this sleek Mercedes-Benz sedan and how it compares to the competition in this highly competitive industry.
The Mercedes-Benz AMG C43: almost the best of all worlds
The Mercedes-Benz C-Class is a relatively old model line, stretching from the early 1990s to the present – in 2021 we got the latest version that further refined the sleek design of its fourth-generation predecessor.
It’s now a sleek and desirable compact sedan, with room for four adults and a bit of luggage and, depending on the engine, as fast as a sports car when needed.
The new 2023 model has been unveiled, which for the AMG C43 version lifts things up a bit under the hood, potentially making this a car that could be many things for many people.
For the current 2022 model, there is a three-liter, twin-turbocharged V6 engine under the hood that delivers 385 horsepower and 384 lb-ft of torque, which is good enough for a 4.5-second 0-100km/h time. you.
It’s pricey at over $60,000 before options, but this is the performance variant of a premium sedan after all.#
Mercedes-Benz refines and improves a classic sedan
Fast-forward to the newly announced 2023 model, and there’s a new engine for the AMG C-Class sedan; the same hand-built engine from the SL43 roadster.
Instead of a 3-liter, 6-cylinder engine, things have been scaled down again, but not at the expense of performance: the new 2-liter, 4-cylinder engine makes 402 horsepower, 369 lb-ft and should be good for 0-60mph in 4.6 seconds.
The transmission is another ubiquitous 9-speed automatic and the powertrain includes an F1-style electrically assisted turbo that helps to reduce turbo lag, as well as a 48v mild hybrid system to add 13 horsepower in certain situations.
So it’s an incredibly efficient and modern engine, pushing the boundaries of what we can do with small petrol engines, both in terms of performance and efficiency.
In addition to the rear-facing drivetrain, the rear wheels feature active steering and power goes to all four wheels with permanent four-wheel drive.
The Mercedes-Benz AMG C43 is an adult sports car
There are different riding modes and safety features, AMG Ride Control suspension and improved brakes and exhaust system over the standard C-Class, but many details have also been carried over from the old C43 sedan; wheels are 18″ as standard but with the option to specify rims up to 20″ if you wish.
In the AMG C43 you get a luxurious and premium interior, just like its predecessor, as Mercedes-Benz puts it:
“In the interior, among other things, AMG seats with pronounced upholstery and seat covers in black MB-Tex/Microfiber with red contrasting stitching and red seat belts provide a particularly sporty touch. The AMG Performance steering wheel with a flat bottom in nappa leather has a perforated grip area and silver-coloured aluminum shift paddles. The two round AMG steering wheel buttons enable fast and flawless operation of various dynamic driving functions and AMG DYNAMIC SELECT drive programs. The dashboard and the upper door trim are upholstered in leather with red stitching. The sporty, luxurious atmosphere is completed by AMG sports pedals, AMG floor mats and illuminated door sills with AMG lettering.”
There’s a 12.3-inch digital instrument panel and 11.9-inch center screen for all the infotainment needs you might have.
The Mercedes-Benz AMG C43 has a few rivals from BMW and Audi
The first competitors of the C43 are the BMW M340i and the S4 from Audi.
BMW’s M340i XDrive sedan starts online from $56,000 and includes a 382 hp six-cylinder inline engine with 48v mild hybrid technology on board, enabling a sprint from 4.1 seconds to 60 mph.
It also has four-wheel drive and an 8-speed automatic gearbox and inside there’s a cabin that’s just as beautiful to look at as the Mercedes cabin, but possibly even more refined, as it does with two screens, much like its rival.
Audi’s S4 looks a bit understated at first glance, under the hood things are a bit more understated too with a 3-litre 6-cylinder engine again (although this time a V6), putting out 349 horsepower and a 0 of 4 .4 seconds provides -60 mph time.
It mimics the BMW with another 8-speed manual transmission and also four-wheel drive, can be supplied with two screens and is offered from $52,000 online on the Audi website for the entry-level model.
As we can see, the three cars in this segment offer similar performance and features, but if you can afford the extra $7,000 for the Mercedes over the Audi, you’re getting something really special.
Of course these things are all rather subjective, but we can all agree that given the money to spend freely; we are spoiled for choice today.
Eagle Eyes spots a 2023 Mercedes-AMG C43 at the Nürburgring
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