• Available as a Coupe, Sedan, and Wagon
  • it gets AMG-styled cues including a revised grille and fascias
  • LEd Headlights
  • LED Taillights
  • Aero-optimized wheels 18 or 19-inch
  • An AMG Styling package can up the style even more
  • A 12.3-inch instrument cluster is available as are AMG Performance seats
  • Wood trim is available As is leather, carbon fiber, and aluminum
  • 0-liter V-6 with 390 HP
  • 0-to-60 in less than 5 seconds
  • all through a nine-speed transmission
  • with a manual shift mode
  • and rear-biased AWD
  • Multiple drive modes for fun or safety
  • Adapative suspension as standard
  • variable steering assist
  • and loads of track-oriented components

Refreshed with new turbos and the latest tech stuff

Mercedes-Benz first introduced the C-Class nameplate in 1993 for the 1994 model year, offering it up as a compact luxury replacement for the outgoing 190 E. Since then, the C-Class has grown to become the most popular model in the Merc stable, no doubt thanks in part to sales of the pumped-up performance-oriented versions from AMG, which include the 43 series that launched in 2015. Now, there’s a refresh on the table for the go-faster C-Class, and it’s bringing extra power and new tech to the fight.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2019 Mercedes-AMG C43.

  • 2019 Mercedes-AMG C43
  • Year:
    2019
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    V6
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    390
  • Torque @ RPM:
    384 @ 5000
  • Displacement:
    3.0 L
  • 0-60 time:
    4.7 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    155 mph
  • Price:
  • car segment:
  • size:
  • Purpose:
  • body style:
  • Overall:
    7.5/10

2019 Mercedes-AMG C43 Exterior

- * Multiple body styles offered
- * Revised styling to make it more AMG
- * Revised bumpers front and back
- * LED lighting for headlights and taillights
- * Aero-efficient wheel designs
- * 18- and 19-inch wheel sizing
- * Optional AMG styling package

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The 2019 model year AMG C43 brings a freshened look that Merc hopes will set apart from its lesser, un-AMG’d brethren.

While the most popular body style for the AMG C43 is undoubtedly the four-door sedan (or “saloon” for our overseas readers), Merc also offers the model in a wagon (otherwise known as an “estate”) and two-door convertible (or “cabriolet”), giving buyers a number of different ways to enjoy this entry-level AMG experience.

Moving onto the 2019 model year, the AMG C43 brings with it a fresh look that Merc hopes will help establish it more firmly as an AMG model, setting it apart from its lesser, un-AMG’d brethren.

The updated exterior includes a new grille with a twin-louvre design, with the dividers finished in a matte iridium silver. There are new bumpers as well, both front and rear, with additional flics added to the front bumper to spice things up a bit.

Revised side curtains help direct the flow of air around the car more efficiently, while silver chrome detailing adds an extra splash of premium appeal. LED lighting is used for the headlights and the taillights.

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Moving around to the rear of the vehicle, there’s an updated rear bumper that gains a revised diffuser element and new side air curtains.

Moving around to the rear of the vehicle, there are twin rounded tailpipes with a high-gloss chrome finish. The updated rear bumper also gains a revised diffuser element and new side air curtains, while a body-painted trunk lid spoiler finishes it off.

Buyers can go for more aggression with the optional AMG styling package, which throws in a new front splitter and spoiler lip, bigger side skirts, and a sharper rear bumper, all of which is finished in high-gloss black.

Also new for the 2019 model year are the freshly redesigned AMG-specific wheels, which now come with aero-optimized features to help them cut through the atmosphere with a bit more ease. This includes new outer rings and a revised spoke geometry, both of which were shaped in the wind tunnel to increase aero efficiency. Merc also says the wheels seek to find “the optimum combination of aerodynamics, weight and brake cooling, together with maximum performance and reduced fuel consumption.”

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Aero-optimized wheels 18 or 19-inch
The two aero-optimized rim designs come as standard spec with a five twin-spoke design in tremolite grey and a high-sheen finish

The wheels once again enjoy a lightweight alloy construction. The two aero-optimized rim designs come as standard spec with a five twin-spoke design in tremolite grey and a high-sheen finish. Sizing is measured at 7.5 inches by 18 inches in front with a 225/45R18 tire, plus 8.5 inches by 18 inches and 245/40R18 tire in the rear.

The other wheel option also comes with a five twin-spoke design, plus a tantalite grey color and either a high-gloss black or matte-black color in a high-sheen finish. Sizing is measured at 7.5 inches by 19 inches in front with a 225/40R19 tire in front, and 8.5 inches by 19 inches with a 255/35R19 tire in the rear.

2019 Mercedes-AMG C43 Interior

- * Same general layout as before
- * Leather, carbon fiber, and aluminum throughout
- * Black headliner, red seatbelts
- * Multiple color options
- * Wood trim options
- * Optional AMG Performance seats
- * New AMG steering wheel
- * Touch-sensitive controls
- * Optional 12.3-inch gauge cluster
- * Loads of performance data to sift through
- * “Energizing comfort control”

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Wood trim is available
As is leather, carbon fiber, and aluminum
Inside, you still get a healthy mix of both performance cues and luxury in equal amounts throughout.

Inside the 2019 Mercedes-AMG C43, the cabin layout doesn’t change a whole lot. You still get the same broad center console and copious horizontal design features, mixing both performance cues and luxury in equal amounts throughout.

Materials include leather upholstery, Dinamica microfiber coverings, and aluminum trim pieces. You can also get yours with Artico man-made leather or Dinamica microfiber finished in black with red contrast stitching, with the color combo added to the door panels and the dash.

The trim pieces arrive in a piano black lacquer finish and a light longitudinal-grain aluminum. There’s also plenty of carbon fiber and fiberglass with a matte silver finish, which is traditional flair for an AMG model. Up top is a black roof liner, while red seat belts add some color. Drivers will enjoy the aluminum sport pedals, which get black rubber studs for added grip.

Color options include leather in either all black, black with red contrast stitching, cranberry red with black, or saddle brown with black.

The Individualization options are numerous. There’s trim in an anthracite open-pore oak wood, as well as open-pore walnut for the doors and open-pore ash wood for the center console.

Spring for the Designo range, and you’ll be able to get into upholstery with handsome diamond quilting and a saddle brown with black color combo. There’s also a white pearl and a black color option, both of which can be added to the AMG Performance seats if desired (more on those in a second).

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A 12.3-inch instrument cluster is available
as are AMG Performance seats
New for the 2019 model year is an updated AMG steering wheel, which is covered in nappa leather and features a contoured rim, flat bottom, and a red top center mark.

New for the 2019 model year is an updated AMG steering wheel. Standout features include a contoured rim, flat bottom, perforated grips, and a red top center mark. The performance wheel is covered in nappa leather as standard, while the gearshift paddles are made from galvanized metal. The wheel is also optional in a nappa leather and Dynamica microfibre combo, or with nappa leather and black piano lacquer trim.

The thumb-length Touch Control buttons on the wheel are new for the model as well. These take a swiping motion for inputs control of the various features displayed on the instrument cluster and infotainment system. Further inputs are made courtesy of the touchpad and controller on the center console and voice command feature.

Buyers looking to up the performance potential of their Merc even further can select the optional AMG Performance seats for extended bolstered lateral support. These up-rated sitters come with the option for adjustable side bolsters that can be either inflated or deflated thanks to the built-in air cushions. They also come with integrated head restraints, an optional heating feature, and optional leather upholstery as well.

In terms of uprated tech stuff, the 2019 Mercedes-AMG C43 gets the option for a fully digital cockpit and AMG display, much like the Merc S-Class. This provides an exceptionally large digital readout behind the steering wheel, with a multiple display settings on hand, including “Classic,” “Sport,” and “Supersport.”

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The C43 provides a plethora of information at a touch, such as temps for the engine oil, turbo boost pressure, and the variable exhaust noise settings.

The C43 provides a plethora of information at a touch, such as temps for the engine and transmission oil, turbo boost pressure, the current drive system settings, the suspension settings, the variable exhaust noise settings, the electronic stability control, and the transmission settings, as well as more standard car info like the current road speed and the gear selected. There’s even an animated display of the driving assistance systems, and the vehicle and communication systems. Autonomous systems include Active Distance Assist and cruise control.

Further performance data is provided by a G-Force meter, plus there’s a race timer with lap times, average speed, distance covered, current engine torque, and horsepower levels.

Standard spec throws in a 7-inch display with a resolution of 960 by 540 pixels. Alternatively, buyers can upgrade to a new 10.25-inch display, which is larger than last time. The larger screen comes with a high-definition resolution of 1920 by 720 pixels, and comes bundled as standard with the Comand Online package, or as an option for the Audio 20 GPS system. A heads-up display rounds it all out.

Finally, the C43 comes with the option for “Energizing comfort control,” which networks a variety of onboard systems and their functionalities to offer a more cohesive comfort experience. Air conditioning, seat heating and ventilation, lighting, and even the music selection work together to create more comfort in the cabin.

2019 Mercedes-AMG C43 Drivetrain

- * Twin-turbo 3.0-liter V-6
- * Bigger turbos make 16 psi of boost
- * 23 more horsepower, up to 390 hp total
- * Torque static at 384 pound-feet
- * 0 to 60 mph in less than 5 seconds
- * Nine-speed automatic gearbox
- * Manual shifting mode
- * Rear-biased AWD

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0-liter V-6 with 390 HP
Under the hood, Merc mounts a twin-turbo 3.0-liter V-6 engine that makes more power, consumes less fuel, and produces fewer emissions.

Take a peek under the hood of the 2019 Mercedes-AMG C43 and you’ll find a standard AMG engine cover, complete with the traditional AMG badging and red aluminum inserts. Under the cover, Merc mounts a twin-turbo 3.0-liter V-6 engine, the same lump offered in the previous model year. This time around though, the engine makes more power, consumes less fuel, and produces fewer emissions.

The big update in the powertrain department is the new pair of turbos, which are larger this time around, making a maximum of 1.1 bar (16 psi) of boost. Once again, Mercedes mounts the turbos close to the engine, which helps to reduce spool time when digging into the loud pedal. Power sees a jump, with peak output rated at 390 horsepower, an increase of 23 horses overall. Torque remains unchanged, with a maximum of 520 Nm (384 pound-feet) created between 2,500 and 5,000 rpm.

Properly motivated, the 2019 Mercedes-AMG C43 sedan can sprint from 0 to 62 mph in 4.7 seconds, while the wagon takes a bit longer at 4.8 seconds. The top speed is electronically limited at 250 km/h (155 mph).

As for efficiency, the C43 drinks 9.1 liters of fuel per 100 km traveled (or 26 mpg), while combined emissions come to 214 grams per km.

Making the connection to the engine is an AMG SpeedShift TCT 9G automatic gearbox, which now offers quicker shift times. It’s also got a multiple-downshift feature and double-declutching function, plus multiple driving modes such as “Sport” and “Sport+.” For those who wish to have a more hands-on approach to the cog swaps, the nine-speed comes with a manual mode that won’t automatically upshift when you hit the redline. Switching to manual mode is indicated by a yellow M in the display.

The C43 is offered with Merc’s 4Matic AWD for the drive configuration. In addition to extra grip, this rear-biased system distributes torque with a 31/69 front-to-rear split, which should make it handle much sportier than a straight 50/50 split. Standout features include a single-stage transfer case that’s flange-mounted to the transmission as a separate system, which helps it to offer more variable torque splitting without compromising interior space.

2019 Mercedes-AMG Chassis And Handling

- * Multiple drive modes
- * New “Slippery” drive mode
- * Variable steering assist
- * Standard adaptive dampers
- * Loads of track-oriented components

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The 2019 model year adds a new driving mode dubbed “Slippery,” and is indicated by a snowflake symbol in the display.

While it certainly has the power to back its claim to sporting intentions, the 2019 C43 also has the right stuff to help it handle like a proper AMG should. It all starts with a four-link front axle and independent multilink in the rear, with the AMG tuning adding in extra high-camber stability for high-speed chops. There’s also an axial brake connection for the front.

In terms of electronic aides, the C43 comes with a selection of different drive modes, including “Comfort,” “Sport,” “Sport+,” and “Individual,” all of which modify the settings for the engine, transmission, suspension, and steering. The 2019 model year also adds a new mode - “Slippery,” as indicated by a snowflake symbol. As you might expect, this modifies the power levels to maximize grip in low-traction, snow-covered conditions.

There’s also adjustable dampers with AMG Ride Control equipped as standard. These components are electronically controlled and fully automatic, and come matched to steel springs. The system can make adjustments to each wheel individually, as needed. The user can also modify the system settings manually using a switch on the center console, choosing between “Comfort,” “Sport,” and “Sport+.”

Up next is AMG-tuned speed-sensitive steering with a variable ratio, offering less assistance at high speeds and more assistance at lower speeds. This makes the luxury sedan easier to drive around parking lots with its extra assistance, and more communicative when driving fast. The assistance level is also dependent on the driving mode selected, with more feedback obviously added for the sportier settings.

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For anyone who doubts the C43’s performance potential, there’s ample opportunities to prove it thanks to the included data logger system.

And for anyone who doubts the C43’s performance potential, there’s ample opportunities to prove it thanks to the included data logger system. This was designed specifically for those owners looking to take their ride to the track, incorporating something called an AMG Track Pace app that acts like a virtual race engineer.

Offered as an option for the Command Online infotainment system package, this system records vitals like speed and acceleration numbers, collecting a multitude of parameters at a rate of ten times per second. It’ll also record your lap times and even individual sector times for easy reference, highlighting specific data points in either green or red so you can quickly and easily discern where you are fast and where you are slow. Performance data like your 0 to 62 mph time, quarter mile time, and 62 mph to 0 braking times are all on hand.

To capture all that, the app uses onboard GPS data, as well as an onboard accelerometer, gyroscope, steering angles, and wheel speeds. The system even comes pre-loaded with layouts of well-known race tracks for your own reference, such as the Nurburgring. You can also record your own circuits if it your favorite track isn’t already included on the C43, then upload the data directly to social media as proof for your boasting.

Finally, the C43 should tip the scales at around 3,750 pounds - not exactly lightweight, but not as heavy as other luxury sedans in the segment.

2019 Mercedes-AMG C43 Prices

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LEd Headlights

While there is no exact pricing announced as of yet, the 2019 Mercedes-AMG C43 is expected to slot in around the same as the 2018 model, which currently starts at $53,400. Look for it to arrive in dealers by the end of the year.

2019 Mercedes-AMG C43 Competition

Audi S4

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If Mercedes makes it, you can rest assured Audi has some competition for it. In this case, the C43 lines up against the S4, which arrives on the scene sporting a turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 making as much as 354 horsepower and 368 pound-feet of torque. Despite the power gap to the Merc, the Audi is just as quick, hitting 62 mph in about 4.7 seconds. A standard quattro AWD system makes it grip with tenacity, while the latest tech keeps it safe. The interior is also quite nice, with an 8.3-inch screen sitting pretty on top of the dash.

Read our full review on the 2017 - 2018 Audi S4.

Infiniti Q50 Red Sport 400

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Infiniti Q50 Red Sport - $48,700

If you’re looking to get away from the Teutonic status quo, then Infiniti has just what you need with the latest Q50. It certainly looks unique when placed next to the Merc and Audi thanks to its curving front end and big bold chrome strips around the grille. Under the hood is yet another 3.0-liter V-6, this time producing a whopping 400 horses and 350 pound-feet of torque. You can alternatively get into a 3.5-liter V-6 hybrid, if that’s more your speed. Top-shelf materials and cutting-edge tech round it out in the interior.

Read our full review on the 2018 Infiniti Q50 Red Sport 400.

Conclusion

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and loads of track-oriented components
When it comes to pumped-up luxury four-doors, the C43 is pretty much the benchmark.

When it comes to pumped-up luxury four-doors, the C43 is pretty much the benchmark. Merc knows that, and as such, the C43 is offered in an impressive four different body styles, three output levels, and two drive types.

When it comes to this refresh, it’s pretty much exactly what we’d expect from Mercedes, and that’s a good thing. The extra power is always appreciated, while the interior goods bring the model in line with everything else in the German automaker’s stable. The high-end performance gear (lap timer, etc.) are a little strange for such an expensive (not to mention heavy) sedan, but we aren’t gonna dock it for that.

All told, the C43 has what it takes to stand tall in this segment, and this latest refresh underlines that fact.

  • Leave it
    • * Several alternatives in the segment
    • * Will anyone really take this to the track?
    • * Optional equipment can make it a bit pricey

References

Mercedes C-Class

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Press release

With four body variants, three output levels and two drive types, the C-Class is the most versatile and most successful model series from Mercedes-AMG. Extensive measures now make the entry-level models, the C 43 4MATIC Saloon (combined fuel consumption: 9.1 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 209 g/km[1]) and Estate (combined fuel consumption: 9.4 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 214 g/km1) even more attractive. The AMG radiator grille in a twin-louvre design, the powerfully sculpted front apron and the new rear apron with round twin tailpipe trim elements visibly enhance the new C 43 models and give them an even more distinct positioning. The interior benefits from an optional fully digital cockpit with unmistakable AMG displays and the new generation of AMG steering wheels. The 3.0-litre V6 biturbo engine now delivers 287 kW (390 hp). Together with the AMG SPEEDSHIFT TCT 9G transmission and rear-biased AMG Performance 4MATIC all-wheel drive, the engine combines agile driving dynamics with comfort on long journeys.

"As the most successful model series for Mercedes-AMG, the C-Class family in all its facets has made a major contribution to our corporate success. One major component in this success story was the implementation of the 43-series models, which have thrilled our customers worldwide since the market launch in 2015. The high demand and positive feedback have encouraged us to sharpen up not only the appearance of the facelift, but also its performance, efficiency and dynamism in true AMG style," says Tobias Moers, Chairman of Mercedes-AMG GmbH.

For this the AMG development engineers have increased the output of the 3.0‑litre V6 engine by 17 kW (23 hp) to 287 kW (390 hp). The peak torque of 520 Nm is available from 2500 to 5000 rpm. This package guarantees impressive performance figures: the new C 43 4MATIC Saloon accelerates from a standstill to 100 km/h in 4.7 seconds, and the Estate in 4.8 seconds. The top speed is electronically limited to 250 km/h.

Sporty and distinctive: the exterior design

The exterior of the C 43 4MATIC is considerably more expressive, even more strongly identifying the new model as a member of the family. New distinguishing features include the AMG radiator grille with twin louvre in matt iridium silver and the powerfully sculpted front apron with additional flics. The side air curtains in the front apron help with optimum guidance of the front airstream. The attachment on the cross fins plus the trim element on the front splitter are finished in silver chrome.

The rear view also conveys a sporty impression with two round twin tailpipe trim elements in high-gloss chrome. The rear apron with side air curtain look and the significantly more expressive diffuser improve air flow characteristics at the rear. The spoiler lip on the boot lid is painted in the vehicle colour.

The optional AMG styling package creates highlights, which are even sportier: a more expressive front splitter, the standard-fit spoiler lip, broader side skirt inserts and flics in the rear bumper are finished in high-gloss black.

Enhanced aerodynamic efficiency: the new AMG aero wheels

When viewed from the side, eye-catching features include the sporty side skirts plus new, aerodynamically optimised AMG light-alloy wheels. Their specifically designed outer aero rings and spoke geometry, which has been optimised in the wind tunnel help to improve air flow around the wheels and thus increase aerodynamic efficiency. As part of this, the developers aimed for the optimum combination of aerodynamics, weight and brake cooling, together with maximum performance and reduced fuel consumption.

There is a choice of two aerodynamically optimised rim designs for the C 43 4MATIC: the standard specification includes the AMG wheel with five twin spokes painted in tremolite grey with a high-sheen finish, in size 7.5 J x 18 ET with 225/45 R 18 tyres at the front, and 8.5 J x 18 ET with 245/40 R 18 tyres at the rear.

As an option there is another design with five twin spokes, painted in tantalite grey, high-gloss black or matt black with a high-sheen finish, in size 7.5 J x 19 ET with 225/40 R 19 tyres at the front, and 8.5 J x 19 ET with 255/35 R 19 tyres at the rear.

Sporty look with model-specific details: the interior design

The interior reinforces the dynamic calibre of the new C 43 4MATIC with numerous individual details. Sporty materials such as leather, DINAMICA microfibre and aluminium in a high-quality finish continue the theme of the expressive exterior in the interior.

The optional AMG Performance seats provide optimum lateral support when adopting a dynamic driving style thanks to the special design of the seat side bolsters of the seat cushion and backrest. As an option the seat side bolsters can be adjusted perfectly by means of built-in air cushions. The Performance seats with integrated head restraints emphasise the sporty character of the cockpit. For the first time in the C 43 4MATIC, the Performance seats can not only be heated, but now also climatised in three levels in conjunction with leather upholstery.

The upholstery in ARTICO man-made leather / DINAMICA microfibre in black with red topstitching equally underscores the dynamic driving character of the C 43 4MATIC. Matching the seat design, the door centre panels and dashboard are finished in ARTICO man-made leather with red topstitching. Aluminium sports pedals with black studs, trim elements in black piano lacquer with light longitudinal-grain aluminium, the black roof liner and the red seat belts create further sporty highlights.

Comprehensive individualisation options

As an option there is a comprehensive choice of individualisation options. New features include trim elements in anthracite open-pore oak wood, open-pore walnut plus the combination of longitudinal-grain aluminium for the doors and black open-pore ash wood for the centre console. On top of this there is the familiar AMG trim in carbon fibre / light longitudinal-grain aluminium and matt silver fibreglass. In terms of upholstery, as an option there is leather in black, black with red topstitching, cranberry red / black and also as a new highlight saddle brown / black.

A fine combination available from the designo range comes with diamond quilting in saddle brown / black and platinum white pearl / black, which can likewise be combined with the AMG Performance seats.

Interior with innovative display concept and operating system

Whether with touchpad and Controller, Touch Control buttons on the steering wheel or via voice entry: the operating system of the C 43 4MATIC is just as versatile as it is flexible. All options are aimed at enabling the control tasks to be carried out as conveniently, quickly and appropriately to the situation as possible in this sporty environment.

Just as flexible is the display of the optional, fully digital instrument cluster with 31.2 cm (12.3-inch) screen diagonal, which brings the vehicle functions directly to life with the three AMG-specific display styles of "Classic", "Sport" or "Supersport".

A host of additional AMG information

Via the specific AMG menu, the driver is able to call up a host of additional information to make the driving experience even sportier:

Warm-up: engine and transmission oil temperature plus charge pressure as Boost display
Setup: current status of systems such as the drive system, suspension, exhaust system, ESP®, transmission
G-Force: display of current g-forces in a coordinate system and ability to save maximum values
Race Timer: manual stopwatch for lap times and colour display of fastest and slowest laps, plus average speed and distance
Engine Data: engine torque / rated output in a bar chart plus charge pressure as Boost display

In addition, there is a digital display of the current speed and the currently engaged gear. The manual transmission mode is marked with a yellow "M".

The visualisations in the central media display likewise enable further vehicle functions to be experienced even better, e.g. with animated presentation of the driving assistance, vehicle and communication systems. A media display measuring 17.8 cm (7 inches) with a resolution of 960 x 540 pixels comes as standard on board. Another alternative is the 26.0 cm (10.25-inch) media display with a resolution of 1920 x 720 pixels. This is included as standard in conjunction with COMAND Online, or optional for the Audio 20 GPS system.

New generation of AMG steering wheels

Extremely sporty design, a grippy shape with a heavily contoured rim and intuitive operation are the key attributes of the new AMG steering wheel in nappa leather, which comes as standard equipment. It has a flattened bottom section and is perforated in the grip area. The galvanised steering wheel gearshift paddles support a sporty driving style with manual gear shifting. As an option it is also available in nappa leather / DINAMICA microfibre and in nappa leather with trim in black piano lacquer.

The built-in Touch Control buttons are a new feature. These can be used to control the functions of the instrument cluster (left) and the multimedia system (right) by means of horizontal and vertical swiping movements of the finger. As in the S-Class, the settings for Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC and cruise control are made in the left control panels. The control panels on the right are used to activate the voice control and telephone, and to regulate the sound volume, music selection and other functions of the multimedia system.

Well-proven and powerful: the AMG 3.0-litre V6 biturbo engine

The V6 biturbo engine boasts a high power output combined with low fuel consumption and emissions. The high power output is in part courtesy of separate, larger turbochargers (max. charge pressure 1.1 bar). Installed close to the engine, the two turbochargers are especially spontaneous in their response. The AMG power unit can be identified by the engine cover with red aluminium insert and AMG lettering.

AMG SPEEDSHIFT TCT 9G transmission with shorter shift times

The C 43 4MATIC makes use of the AMG SPEEDSHIFT TCT 9G transmission, which the Mercedes-AMG developers have tuned specifically for a dynamic driving experience. This has a model-specific software application to achieve very short shift times.

The multiple downshift function allows more spontaneous bursts of speed, while the double-declutching function in "Sport" and "Sport+" drive programs makes for an even more emotional driving experience. Defined ignition adjustments also provide faster gear shifts in the other modes. In all modes moving off occurs in first gear in order to always guarantee a dynamic driving experience.

"Manual" mode can be selected using a separate button in the centre console. The gear changes are based on the selected drive program, and the driver can now change gear using the paddles on the steering wheel. Moreover, the transmission stays in the selected gear and does not automatically shift up when the engine speed reaches the limit.

Characteristics at the touch of a finger: AMG DYNAMIC SELECT

With the proven DYNAMIC SELECT drive programs "Comfort", "Sport", "Sport+" and "Individual", the characteristics of the C 43 4MATIC+ can be customised at the tap of a finger. The available range extends from efficient and comfortable to very sporty. This modifies key parameters, such as the response of the engine, transmission, suspension and steering. Independently of the DYNAMIC SELECT drive programs, the driver has the option of pressing the "M" button to switch directly to manual mode, in which gearshifts are executed exclusively using the shift paddles on the steering wheel. The suspension set-ups can also be selected specifically on demand.

The fifth mode "Slippery" is new, and is identified by means of the snowflake symbol. The moderate and even power delivery is specially programmed for slippery or snow-covered road conditions.

Rear-biased and agile: AMG Performance 4MATIC all-wheel drive

The standard-specification AMG Performance 4MATIC four-wheel drive features rear-biased torque distribution with a front/rear axle split of 31 to 69 percent. This configuration provides for enhanced driving dynamics and higher lateral acceleration on the road as well as improved traction when accelerating. The single-stage transfer case of the four-wheel drive system is flange-mounted to the transmission as a separate system.

This configuration makes it easier to modify the torque split for each particular model, allowing even more individual characteristics for the respective model series. Its compact design means that it does not entail any space restrictions for passengers or luggage.

With adaptive adjustable damping: AMG RIDE CONTROL suspension

With its adjustable, electronically controlled damping system, the AMG RIDE CONTROL steel suspension of the C 43 4MATIC provides both sporty driving dynamics and brand-typical comfort on long journeys. The basis for this is formed by the 4-link front axle and independent multilink rear suspension. The AMG-specific kinematics and elastokinematics with newly developed components result in very high camber stability when cornering at speed. The axial brake connection on the front axle supports the agile and precise handling.

The adaptive adjustable damping comes as standard. This fully automatic, electronically controlled system adjusts the damping at each wheel to the current requirements. This improves driving safety and ride comfort. The damping is adjusted individually for each wheel, and depends on the driving style, the road surface and the selected suspension setting. The ideal operating point can be selected at all times on the basis of a broad scope of information relating to acceleration or vehicle speed, for example. Via a switch on the centre console, the driver can select between three different sets of damper characteristics, namely "Comfort", "Sport" and "Sport+", and thus individually influence the driving experience — from highly comfortable to sportily taut.

Direct and with clear feedback: the AMG speed-sensitive steering

The electromechanical speed-sensitive power steering has a variable ratio. It impresses with its precise, authentic feedback. The steering servo assistance is reduced at high speeds, and continuously increases at lower speeds. This means that comparatively little steering force is required at low speeds, and that the best possible control over the vehicle is maintained at high speeds. The steering servo assistance depends on the selected suspension setting. In "Sport" mode, more feedback is conveyed about the driving conditions.

Data logger for use on the racetrack: AMG TRACK PACE

As the virtual race engineer for recording data when driving on closed-off racetracks, AMG TRACK PACE provides a significantly extended and even more precise scope of functions. TRACK PACE can be ordered as an option for the COMAND Online infotainment system.

When this function is activated, a wealth of vehicle-specific data (e.g. speed, acceleration) are recorded ten times per second while driving. On top of this there are displays of lap and sector times and also the respective difference for a reference time. Because specific display elements light up in green or red, the driver is able to see at a glance, without reading numbers, whether he/she is currently faster or slower than the best time.

After fast laps on the racetrack, driving skills can be analysed and improved on the basis of the data. In addition, acceleration and deceleration values (e.g. 0-100 km/h, ¼ mile, 100-0 km/h) can be measured and saved. Thanks to a new developed algorithm which determines the vehicle position as precisely as possible, TRACK PACE even detects when the circuit is departed from or shortened. Alongside GPS data, the sensors available in the vehicle (acceleration, gyroscope, steering angle, wheel speeds) are used. The data are displayed on the multimedia display, in the instrument cluster and on the head-up display. Known racetracks, for example the Nürburgring, are already stored.

Furthermore, it is also possible to record your own circuits. The map display can be switched from 2D to 3D and updated online. A suitable iPhone app can also be connected via WLAN. Customers can use it to share their experiences and data from the racetrack with other AMG drivers via Facebook, YouTube or the AMG Private Lounge.

Wellness on long-distance journeys: ENERGIZING comfort control

The optional ENERGIZING comfort control is also available for the new C 43 4MATIC. It networks together the various comfort systems in the vehicle and uses specific functions of the air conditioning and seats (heating, ventilation) plus lighting and music moods. Depending on the mood or requirement of the driver, it generates a special wellness set-up to enhance well-being and performance.

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