Mercedes-Benz introduces the AMG-treated C43 sedan for the 2023 model year. The new model boasts efficiency courtesy of an onboard mild-hybrid system, as well as performance by way of an electric turbocharger adapted from Formula 1 technology.
There's a new Mercedes-AMG C43 in town
The new model abandons the previous 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 engine sported by its predecessor in favor of a 2.0-liter M139 inline-4 gasoline power unit, the same one found under the hood of the Mercedes-AMG SL43, CLA45, and GLA45. This longitudinally mounted engine produces 402 horsepower and 500 Nm of torque.
An electric motor measuring 1.6 inches thick within the turbocharger keeps the turbine shaft spinning even without exhaust gases, improving responsiveness while reducing turbo lag. This tech also powers the 1.6-liter V6 hybrids used by the Mercedes-AMG Formula 1 team. Meanwhile, a 48-volt belt-driven starter generator adds 13 extra horsepower for brief sprints as needed.
It's the latest to feature F1-derived turbo technology
Along with the 9-speed wet-clutch automatic transmission and 4Matic all-wheel drivetrain as standard, the new C43 can achieve 100 kilometers per hour from a standing start in 4.6 seconds. Default 18-inch alloys allow a top speed of up to 250 kilometers per hour, increasing to 265 when switched with either 19- or 20-inch wheelsets.
The mild-hybrid system also enables energy recovery through an upgraded braking setup, comprising 14.6-inch discs in front and 12.6-inch ones at the rear. Aside from adaptive dampers featuring three settings, the C43 also has rear-wheel steering.
The new C43 AMG largely retains its predecessor's design
In terms of looks, the 2023 C43 features the trademark Panamericana grille from AMG with the vertical slats hovering over the revamped front bumper. The greenhouse uses black trim in lieu of the previous chrome, and the body terminates at a trunk spoiler above quad exhaust pipes.
AMG branding is unmistakable on the inside, with the logo seen everywhere from the MB-Tex and microfiber upholstery to the floor mats and lighted door sills. A flat-bottomed steering wheel sits in front of a 12.3-inch digital instrument panel. The 11.9-inch infotainment screen runs the Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) software with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
As expected, the interior is brimming with onboard tech
An optional in-car data logger system called AMG Track Pace is available for customers who are inclined to take their cars on track days, capable of recording 80 data points at 10 times per second to help drivers improve lap times.
No pricing information has been confirmed, but the 2023 Mercedes-AMG C43 is expected to retail starting at $60,000 (Php 3.125 million) when it arrives in the U.S. in late 2022.
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Know more about Mercedes-Benz C-Class 2022
The Mercedes-Benz C-Class 2022 is a compact executive car that has been around in the German marque's lineup since 1993. Mercedes-Benz Philippines will introduce the C-Class' all-new model soon, so pricing should be revealed as it nears its local debut. As for the current PH-spec version, the vehicle uses either a 1.6-liter 4-cylinder gasoline or a larger 2.0-liter 4-cylinder gasoline, depending on the variant. A 7G-Tronic (7-speed automatic) transmission is used to send power to the rear wheels.
Dimensions-wise, the C-Class is 4,582 mm long, 1,770 mm wide, and 1,447 mm high. In the local market, this German compact executive car competes against the likes of the BMW 3 Series and Lexus IS.
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