The New 2023 Mercedes-AMG C43, with a turbocharged 2.0-liter, delivers 402 horsepower.
2023 Mercedes AMG C43 – Overview
Mercedes revamped the C-Class for the 2022 model year, and we’re excited to see what the rest of the lineup has in store.
In 2023, the Mercedes-AMG C43 sedan will be the first of the AMG variants to hit the market.
Here are the major highlights
- The 2023 Mercedes-AMG C43 has been announced, with a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four producing a maximum of 402 horsepower.
- A 48-volt electrical system drives a belt-driven motor/generator and a lag-reducing electric motor nested beneath the turbo on the C43.
- Mercedes promises a 4.6-second sprint to 60 mph and a top speed of 165 mph.
According to Mercedes, the 13-horsepower bump comes at lower rpm and does not enhance overall output.
As a result, the Mercedes-AMG C43 now has a maximum output of 402 horsepower.
The 2023 Mercedes-AMG C43 is powered by a 402-horsepower turbocharged inline-four with hybrid assist and comes standard with all-wheel drive.
Mercedes-AMG recently teased a performance-oriented C-class, which is now available.
A new C63 will eventually outperform the C43 in terms of performance, but it is at the top of the C-class series for now.
Mercedes’ aesthetic changes to the regular C-Class are given the AMG treatment in the 2023 C43.
The styling is similar to the previous C43, although the new design is more modern.
In addition, Mercedes opts for black trim around the greenhouse instead of chrome.
Finally, the C43’s rear end features four circular exhaust pipes protruding from the back bumper and a minor spoiler on the trunk, giving it a sporty look.
Hence, The C43 has the AMG grille with vertical slats and a “diffuser-style” back bumper with vents behind the wheels and circular, quad exhaust tips, but it doesn’t appear different from the standard C300.
The C43 features a revamped interior of the car, which the new Mercedes S-Class inspired.
On the other hand, Mercedes adds various sporty elements to the interior, including AMG seats, a flat-bottom AMG steering wheel, AMG sports pedals, and red topstitching.
A 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster greets drivers, while an 11.9-inch central touchscreen handles the infotainment system and vehicle functions.
A flat-bottom AMG steering wheel with Nappa leather cover and metal shift paddles is added to the inside.
In addition, Mercedes’ MB-Tex imitation leather and red stitching are included on the seats, complemented by red seat belts.
The AMG model also features redesigned pedals, floor mats, and lighted door sills.
The engine is shared with the Mercedes-AMG SL43, which has yet to be announced for the American market.
That implies the C43 is equipped with the M139 2.0-liter inline-four engine, which is also featured in the CLA45 and GLA45 AMG models, and a turbocharger with an electronic motor and standard motor exhaust-gas piping.
The 1.6-inch-thick electric motor is linked to a shared shaft between the turbine and compressor wheels, allowing the engine to spin the shaft before the exhaust gases do.
This, according to Mercedes, will eliminate turbo latency, improve reaction when the driver presses the pedal, and maintain boost pressure during throttle lift.
The Mercedes-AMG Formula 1 team’s turbocharged 1.6-liter V-6 hybrids employ the same technology.
The 4-cylinder engine in the C43 delivers 402 HP and 369 pound-feet of torque, with a 48-volt, belt-driven starter-generator capable of providing an additional 13 hp for a rapid boost.
A 48-volt electrical system powers the turbocharger’s motor, and the 48-volt motor/generator may recover energy during deceleration and give a smooth stop-start function.
The 2.0-liter engine is placed longitudinally, as it is in the SL43.
Wheels & Brakes
When equipped with the standard 18-inch wheels, Mercedes claims the C43 will reach 60 mph in 4.6 seconds and reach a top speed of 155 mph electronically limited.
The peak speed can be increased to 165 mph by upgrading to the optional 19- or 20-inch wheels.
The transmission is a 9-speed automatic. It comes with a wet clutch pack in place of a torque converter, and Mercedes’ rear-biased 4Matic all-wheel-drive system is standard.
In addition, the C43 is equipped with steel springs and adaptive dampers that may change their reaction depending on whether the car is in different riding modes, like Comfort, Sport, or Sport+ mode.
Back-wheel steering is also standard on the C43. Up to 37 mph, the rear wheels will turn 2.5 degrees in the opposite direction of the front wheels, while above 37 mph, the rear wheels will turn 0.7 degrees in tandem with the front wheels.
Front brakes include 14.6-inch discs and four-piston fixed calipers, while the rear brakes have 12.6-inch discs and single-piston floating calipers.