Mercedes-Benz C43 AMG will lock horns with Audi S5 and Ford Mustang
The new C43 AMG is Mercedes’s thirteenth new product of the year. For those who don’t know, think of the 43 AMG line as the entry-level executive cars that pack a punch but aren’t as intimidating or picky as the 63 range. The C43 will only come in one version, which will cost Rs 74.35 lakh (ex-showroom). The GLE43 (also known as the GLE450 AMG) and the SLC43 are the other 43s that can be bought in the country. They cost Rs 89.25 lakh and Rs 77.5 lakh, respectively.
We’re saying goodbye to the days of V8s and V12s in AMGs. People in the AMG department like the idea of forced induction. The C 43 has the same 3.0-liter supercharged V6 engine as its 43-badged siblings. This engine makes 367PS of power and 520Nm of torque. The engine is paired with a new gearbox that has 9 speeds. There are also AMG goodies, like the AMG Dynamic Select (its lets you setup the steering, engine, suspension and gearbox individually). And since it has AMG in its name, the C43 comes with AMG Dynamic Select (its lets you setup the steering, engine, suspension and gearbox individually).
Small visual changes on the baby AMG are easy to miss if you haven’t seen them before. It has the same size and shape as a regular Class C, but it has a little more muscle to make it look more sporty. AMG-specific features include a different set of bumpers that are more aggressive, the “Diamond Grille,” and 18-inch alloy wheels that are bigger. Small parts of the outside, like the outside mirrors and window line, are finished in a darker colour to draw attention to the performance.
When you get inside, everything will look the same as in any other C-Class. It has the same sleek dashboard with round air vents and a floating infotainment system that looks like an iPad. The 8.4-inch device works with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, lets you stream satellite radio, and can also be used as a GPS. The sedan has all the standard features, like leather upholstery, a panoramic sunroof, dual-zone air conditioning, and electric seats. But the C43 has some unique features, like a leather steering wheel with a flat bottom, an AMG instrument cluster, red safety belts, and aluminium pedals. What’s the best? Under all the muscle, it’s still a C-Class. That means it has enough room for four people and their weekend bags.
In India, the Mercedes C43 AMG will compete with the Audi S5 (Rs 66.20 lakh) and the Ford Mustang (Rs 65 Lakhs). The 3.0-Litre V6 TFSI engine in the Audi S5 makes 333PS of power and 440Nm of torque. While the Ford Mustang’s 4951cc V8 engine makes 401PS of power and 515Nm of torque. The launch of the Mercedes C43 AMG in India shows that Indian fans are not being forgotten. We car people have a bright future ahead of us.