An entry into the AMG life with top-shelf two-door style

Ever since its introduction in the early’90s, the Mercedes C-Class has grown to become one of Merc’s most popular nameplates, selling in droves in markets across the world. Chief among these luxurious teutonic sleds is the go-faster version from AMG, and now, there’s a new one headed for a debut at the 2018 New York International Auto Show. Updates this time around include new styling, new interior technology, and a few extra ponies under the hood as well, all of which is wrapped up in that classic German opulence and swagger.

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

  • 2019 Mercedes-AMG C43 Coupe
  • Year:
    2019
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  • Engine:
    V6
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    390
  • Torque @ RPM:
    384 @ 5000
  • Displacement:
    3.0 L
  • 0-60 time:
    4.7 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    155 mph
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2019 Mercedes-AMG C43 Coupe Exterior

  • Extra aggression for the styling
  • More aero efficiency
  • Bright chrome detailing front to back
  • New wind tunnel-tested wheel designs
  • Numerous styling options
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Per usual, the rollers are constructed from a lightweight aluminum alloy, while the outer aero rings and spoke geometry were tested for better aero.

Kicking off this refresh is a selection of exterior upgrades that give the new AMG C43 some hotter styling and improved aero efficiency.

In front, you’ll notice the fascia gains a twin-louvred AMG radiator grille, with the horizontal dividing lines finished in a matte iridium silver color that looks bright and bold against the darker paint options. There’s also a new front apron with extra sinewy muscle-bound poise and even further improved aero efficiency, while the various trim elements and front splitter get a silver chrome finish.

Moving around to the corners, we find new side skirts, while the corners are stuffed with aero-optimized AMG wheels. Per usual, the rollers are constructed from a lightweight aluminum alloy, while the outer aero rings and spoke geometry were tested in the wind tunnel and refined to better slice through the atmosphere by smoothing the air flow around the fenders.

Even the rear gets a few updates with a fresh apron surrounding a quartet of rounded tailpipes. Additional high-gloss chrome is found back here as well, as are new side air outlets and a more pronounced rear diffuser. Topping it off is a subtle spoiler lip on the trunk, which comes painted in the standard vehicle body color.

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While the new look isn’t terribly different from the old, the updates do help to make the AMG Merc more aggressive.

While the new look isn’t terribly different from the old, the updates do help to make the AMG Merc more aggressive. It’s also functional, as the “developers aimed for the optimum combination of aerodynamics, weight and brake cooling, together with maximum performance and reduced fuel consumption,” explains Mercedes.

If you want to add additional visual flair to your ride, Mercedes has a bevy of styling packages on hand. These include the optional AMG package, which adds in even more DTM-inspired goodness, such as a more prominent front splitter, a new spoiler lip for the rear, larger side skirts, and rear bumper flics, all of which are finished in a high-gloss black. Buyers can also opt into the Carbon Fiber package, which adds the composite material to the exterior mirror housings, the rear spoiler lip, and the trunk lid. Finally, the Night package adds in some extra dark-colored trim pieces for the sideview mirror housings, shoulder line, and window weather stripping.

2019 Mercedes-AMG C43 Coupe Interior

  • Same layout as before
  • Design uses horizontal lines, large shapes
  • Available 12.3-inch gauge display
  • Multiple display modes
  • Leather, aluminum, and wood
  • “Virtual race engineer”
  • Several autonomous safety systems
  • Black roof liner, red seat belts
  • Lots of customization options
  • Available AMG Performance seats
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For the tech lovers out there, the AMG C43 can optioned with 12.3-inch digital cockpit display.

Much like the exterior, the interior spec for the refreshed AMG C43 Coupe doesn’t differ too much from what came before. You still get a broad, horizontal layout, with clean surfaces and a somewhat simplified control scheme.

For the tech lovers out there, the AMG C43 can be had with an optional fully digital cockpit display. Measuring in at 12.3 inches in the diagonal this display offers a selection of AMG-specific readouts, including “Classic,” “Sport,” and “Supersport.” Depending on what you’ve selected, the info will be customized, emphasizing stuff like performance numbers in the latter of those three modes.

Both the digital gauge cluster and the primary infotainment screen in the dash utilize inputs from the onboard touchpad and controller, as well as the touch controls that were added to the steering wheel and the voice command system as well. Go for the digital stuff, and you’ll get some cheeky animations of the various vehicle features, as displayed in the central media display. These include systems such as the driving assistance features, the vehicle drive systems, and the communications systems. Complementing the various screens is a cool heads-up display that projects relevant info directly onto the windscreen.

New for the 2019 model year is the inclusion of a new steering wheel. This unit features a contoured rim and comes covered in Nappa leather as standard. It’s also got a flat bottom and perforated grips to up the sportiness. Behind the wheel, there are galvanized gearshift paddles if you wish to manually control the gear changes. Options for the wheel include coverings in a Nappa leather and Dinamica microfiber combination, or a Nappa leather and black piano lacquer combination. And, as previously mentioned, this wheel gets a pair of new Touch input pads at thumb’s length for control the various displays, with drivers using a swiping motion similar to a smartphone to change up the display mode and more.

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And since it comes from AMG, the C43 gets a variety of gear that makes it well-suited to tackling the rigors of track use.

And although this is a heavy luxury machine we’re talking about, it’s also an AMG model, which means it gets a variety of gear that make it well-suited to tackling the rigors of track use. No, seriously.

That includes a bevy of appropriately sporty information projected onto the various displays, such as “Warm-up, Setup, G-Force, Race Timer or Engine Data, to make the driving experience even sportier,” says the brand.

If that’s the direction you think you’ll be heading, the C43 can be had with the AMG Track Pace option as part of the Comand Online infotainment package. Essentially, this system acts like a “virtual race engineer,” recording pertinent data such as sector times and throttle/steering inputs, all in the name of refining your performance on the track, if that’s your sort of thing.

The system also records the usual standard performance metrics, such as acceleration and deceleration values (62-to-0 mph braking times, quarter mile times, etc.).The whole shebang operates using onboard systems like a gyroscope, steering angle sensor, wheel speed sensors, GPS data, and more. It’s also got a variety of famous tracks pre-stored (such as the Nurburgring), or you can record your own tracks if you’re at a more obscure local venue.

With your on-track heroics recorded, you can post the proof to social media via an app. Of course, if you just wanna get from A to B, there’s the more standard information on display, such as the current road speed and the current selected gear. Onboard technological safety systems include Active Distance Assist Distronic, otherwise known as adaptive cruise control.

However, if you are gonna take it to the max and push the limit, you’re gonna probably want to get into the optional AMG Performance seating. These upgraded sitters come with larger lateral bolsters, which is quite useful when driving your car as quickly as it’ll go. If you get the upgraded buckets with leather upholstery, and you can even adjust the side bolsters thanks to the equipped air cushions. Further options include three-stage climate control to keep your backside either nice and toasty or sweat-free.

Fancy foot moves can be made thanks to aluminum sport pedals for throttle and braking inputs, offering loads of grip thanks to their black rubber studs.

As you might imagine for a vehicle like this, the AMG C43 gets tons of high-end materials throughout.

As you might imagine for a vehicle like this, the AMG C43 gets tons of high-end materials throughout. Highlights include leather, Dinamica microfiber, and aluminum. The standard upholstery is Artico leatherette and Dinamica microfiber, with a black color and red contrast stitching.

Meanwhile, the door panels and dash also come in Artico leatherette and get matching red contrast stitching. Further trim is added with a black piano lacquer and light longitudinal-grain aluminum. Up top is a black roof liner, and the seat belts are done up in a bright red color.

If that standard stuff doesn’t cut the mustard, the C43 comes with loads of optional interior upgrades, all courtesy of the Mercedes’ individualization program. These include black open-pore ash wood with light longitudinal-grain aluminum, plus longitudinal-grain aluminum for the doors and black open-pore ash wood for the center console. There’s also a high-gloss dark brown lime, anthracite open-pore oak wood, and open pore walnut.

Of course, there’s always the standard AMG fare - that is light longitudinal-grain carbon fiber and aluminum, as well as matte silver fiberglass and light longitudinal-grain aluminum.

Upholstery options include black leather, black with red top stitching, a cranberry red and black combo, a magma grey and black combo, saddle brown and black combo, and a porcelain and black combo.

Finally, the C43 gets an energizing comfort control that integrates a variety of features into a single cohesive system one. That means the air conditioning, seat settings (heating and ventilation), interior lighting and even music selection all inter-connect, with the end result being enhanced driving performance and comfort levels.

2019 Mercedes-AMG C43 Coupe Drivetrain

  • Twin-turbo 3.0-liter V-6
  • 23 horsepower more than before
  • Same 384 pound-feet of torque
  • 16 psi of boost
  • 0 to 62 mph in 4.7 seconds
  • Nine-speed automatic transmission
  • Rear-biased AWD
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Making it all go is a twin-turbo 3.0-liter V-6 and 390 horsepower, an increase of 23 ponies over the previous model.

Take a gander under the hood of the 2019 Mercedes-AMG C43 Coupe, and you’ll discover the standard red engine cover with aluminum inserts and obligatory AMG badging, just as you would on almost any other AMG model.

The cover hides the main party piece for the model - a twin-turbo 3.0-liter V-6, with peak output rated at 390 horsepower, an increase of 23 ponies over the previous model. The torque output, however, remains static at 384 pound-feet between 2,500 rpm and 5,000 rpm.

Heading into this refresh, the powerplant on the C43 was upgraded with a pair of larger turbochargers. The boost pressure is rated at 1.1 bar (16 psi) at max chat. Merc also makes sure to mention that it mounted the turbos as close as possible to the manifold, thus enabling a sharper throttle response that throws in the boost as soon as you dip into the loud pedal.

Really put your foot down, and this two-door will sprint to 62 mph in just 4.7 seconds. The top speed is once again electronically limited at 155 mph.

Sending the output to the wheels is an AMG SpeedShift nine-speed automatic transmission. The gearbox now boasts shortened shift times thanks to new software and new ignition adjustments. It also features multiple downshifts and a double-declutching function when placed in the “Sport” and “Sport+” modes.

For those drivers who desire a little more control over their cogs, there’s a manual shifting mode, as indicated by a yellow “M” on the display. Take it all the way up to redline, and the system will prompt the driver to upshift, a design feature that Merc says was inspired by Formula 1. However, the gearbox won’t automatically upshift, which makes the system more useful when hunting apexes at the track.

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Making it all stick is a rear-biased AMG Performance 4Matic AWD system.

Making it all stick is an AMG Performance 4Matic AWD system. The system offers rear-biased torque distribution, with a 31/69 front-to-back split. This helps the car handle with more of a sporting flair, with extra go placed at the rear. Details include a single-stage transfer case, which is flange-mounted to the transmission, essentially separating it and making it easier to modify the torque split, as well as reducing the overall size.

Finally, Merc says the the 2019 C43 offers fuel consumption rated at 9.8 to 9.2 liters per 100km combined (24 mpg to 26 mpg), while the combined CO2 output is 223 to 213 grams per km.

2019 Mercedes-AMG C43 Coupe Chassis And Handling

  • Standard adaptive dampers
  • Speed-sensitive steering system
  • New “Slippery” drive mode
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The AMG C43 gets some very nice suspension upgrades to manage the hefty onboard opulence and luxury.

While a solid dose of power under the hood and some aggressive styling outside are all well and good, the mark of a truly sporty machine is the way it handles. To that end, the AMG C43 gets some very nice suspension upgrades to manage the hefty onboard opulence and luxury.

It all starts with a four-link front suspension and independent multilink rear, which get upgraded thanks to adaptive adjustable dampers with advanced Ride Control as standard. These units are electronically controlled, and seek a mix of sportiness when you want it and comfort when you need it.

AMG is responsible for the tuning. The system offers individually controlled damping for each wheel, and adjusts the settings based on the road surface and desired response.

Turns come courtesy of an AMG speed-sensitive steering system with a variable ratio. Standout features on this include electromechanical operation, with less assistance offered at high speeds and more assistance at low speeds.

There’s also a variety of drive modes onboard to make for a more interesting driving experience. For example, the Dynamic Select feature provides the options for “Comfort,” “Sport,” “Sport+,” and “Individual,” with each customizing the settings for the engine, transmission, suspension, and steering system.

New for the 2019 model year is a driving mode dubbed “Slippery,” which should be really useful when heading to the mountains for a weekend ski getaway. When engaged, Slippery mode is indicated by a snowflake symbol in the display.

There’s also further handling customization options offered as desired if you feel the need to tweak and tune.

2019 Mercedes-AMG C43 Coupe Prices

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Exact pricing for the 2019 Mercedes-AMG C43 Coupe has not yet been announced, but it’s expected to slot in at $55,900, just like the current model.

2019 Mercedes-AMG C43 Coupe Competition

Audi S5 Coupe

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As is tradition for anything Mercedes makes, Audi is getting in on the action with the S5 Coupe. Arriving to the party with a boosted 3.0-liter V-6 powerplant, the S5 sends as much as 354 horsepower towards the ground, routing it all through a standard eight-speed automatic transmission and quattro AWD system. High-end materials and an optional fully digital gauge cluster can be found in the cabin, while sharp good looks are offered for the exterior. A run to 60 mph takes around 4.7 seconds to complete.

Read our full review of the 2017 Audi S5 Coupe.

BMW M2

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While Mercedes has AMG as its go-to performance gurus, the Bavarians have the M division. Lining up against the C43 is this - the M2, a two-door compact ‘Bahn burner that carries the torch lit by such greats as the 2002 Turbo and E30 M3. The latest coupe comes with a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder making upwards of 365 horsepower and 343 pound-feet of torque. Both a manual six-speed and an optional dual-clutch automatic are offered, with the 0-to-60 mph sprint completed in just 4.2 seconds. Pricing starts at $51,700. If you’re looking for a more traditional sports car experience, then this is definitely the way to go.

Read our full review on the 2016 to 2018 BMW M2.

Conclusion

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With the popularity of the C-Class remaining as rock-solid as ever, the sporty AMG version should continue to pull in the sales. This latest update hits all the main bullet points for a standard Merc refresh - slightly updated styling, the latest infotainment gear, and a few extra ponies under the hood to boot.

While we’re a bit incredulous that anyone would actually take this pricey luxury machine to a track day, all the onboard gear (lap timer, etc.) would insist that the two-door can in fact do it.

All told, it’s a nice bit of kit, and should entice plenty of folks to dip their toes into the AMG lifestyle pool.

  • Leave it
    • * Quite heavy for a performance machine
    • * Will anyone seriously take it to the track?
    • * Plenty of excellent alternatives on the table

References

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Press release

Soon after Saloon and Estate, the C 43 4MATIC Coupé and Cabriolet (combined fuel consumption: 9.8-9.2 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 223-212 g/km) are set to receive their own extensive update. Shared visual features are the twin-louvre AMG radiator grille, muscular front apron and new rear apron with round twin tailpipe trim elements. The interior benefits from an optional fully digital cockpit with distinctive AMG displays and the new generation of steering wheels. The 3.0-litre V6 biturbo engine now delivers 287 kW (390 hp). Together with the fast-reacting AMG SPEEDSHIFT TCT 9G transmission and rear-biased AMG Performance 4MATIC all-wheel drive, it has been possible to further enhance the driving dynamics and agility.

"With the new C 43 4MATIC Coupé and Cabriolet, we offer our customers extensively upgraded, visually and technically distinctive entry-level options into the performance world of Mercedes-AMG," says Tobias Moers, Chairman of the Board of Management of Mercedes-AMG GmbH.

With a host of carefully coordinated measures, the developers at AMG have further improved the driving dynamics. The 3.0-litre V6 engine now delivers 287 kW (390 hp) and therefore 17 kW (23 hp) more than before. The peak torque of 520 Newton-metres is available in a broad engine speed band from 2500 to 5000 rpm. The new C 43 4MATIC Coupé accelerates from rest to 100 km/h in 4.7 seconds, while the Cabriolet does the same 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 Coupe and Cabriolet is considerably more expressive, even more strongly identifying the new models as members 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.

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.

The rear view also conveys a sense of sporty aesthetics with two round twin tailpipe trim elements in high-gloss chrome. The rear apron with side air outlet look and the significantly more expressive diffuser improve the air flow 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: the more expressive front splitter, standard-fit spoiler lip, broader side skirt inserts and flics in the rear bumper are finished in high-gloss black. The further equipment options include the Carbon Fibre package II, in which the exterior-mirror housings and the spoiler lip on the boot lid are finished in black sight carbon fibre. The Night package contains black elements such as the exterior-mirror housings, shoulderlines and window weatherstrips.

Sporty look with model-specific details: the interior design

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 in conjunction with leather upholstery, the seat side bolsters can be perfectly adjusted by means of built-in air cushions. The Performance seats additionally lend the interior an even more distinctive character with their racing look. They are heated and, in conjunction with leather upholstery, also climate-controlled in three stages. In the Cabriolet, they can also be optionally equipped with AIRSCARF neck-level heating.

The standard upholstery in ARTICO man-made leather/DINAMICA microfibre in black with red topstitching underscores the dynamic driving character. 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. With regard to trim, the range includes trim in black open-pore ash wood/light longitudinal-grain aluminium, longitudinal-grain aluminium (doors)/black open-pore ash wood (centre console), high-gloss dark-brown lime, anthracite open-pore oak wood, open-pore walnut as well as AMG trim in light longitudinal-grain carbon fibre/aluminium and matt silver fibreglass/light longitudinal-grain aluminium.

In terms of upholstery, as an option there is leather in black, black with red topstitching, cranberry red/black, magma grey/black, saddle brown/black and porcelain/black.

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, such as Warm-up, Setup, G-Force, Race Timer or Engine Data, to make the driving experience even sportier. In addition, there is a digital indication of the current speed and selected gear. The manual transmission mode is identified by a yellow "M" and a prompt to shift up when reaching maximum engine speed, a touch inspired by the world of Formula 1. 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.

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 also 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. Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC and the cruise control are adjusted in the control panels on the left. 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 comes courtesy of separate, larger turbochargers and 1.1 bar charge pressure, among other things. 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 add-on solution makes it easier to modify the torque split for each particular model, thus 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 high 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 sporty.

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 race tracks, 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.

If this function is enabled, over 80 vehicle-specific sets of data (e.g. speed, acceleration) are recorded ten times per second. 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 are shown 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.

The data make it possible to analyse and improve the driver’s skills. 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 one’s 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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