2018 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 43 Coupe

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2018 MODEL

$55,900

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Overview

The Mercedes – AMG C43 is the member of both C- class and AMG family.  It is compact, has an elegant pure coupe design with AMG style body, performance focused cockpit and is loaded with top notch features. The car offers perfect balance between performance and class making it a true leader in its class.

The Mercedes-Benz AMG C43 costs $55,900. It is one of the fastest and has the most powerful engine in its class. It features 3.0 Liter V6 engine with 9- automatic transmission giving it a performance surplus.  Apart from these, the car is also equipped with several safety and performance features along with Mercedes-AMG latest infotainment system.

The Mercedes-Benz AMG C43 is competing with Audi S5 Coupe Premium Plus and BMW 440i Coupe. When compared, AMG C43 beats both Audi S5 coupe and BMW 440i coupe in power and performance.

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Pros

Multi-function Steering wheels

Safety Features

Power Seats

Hands Free Trunk access

Cons

All wheels only

Cramped rear-seats

Fuel efficiency

What's New?

Enhanced Engine

LED daytime Running lights

Attention Assist

Several customizable options



Styles

 2018 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 43 Coupe in designo Cardinal Red Metallic color  2018 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 43 Coupe in Dakota Brown Metallic color  2018 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 43 Coupe in Brilliant Blue Metallic color  2018 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 43 Coupe in Black color
designo Cardinal Red Metallic

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Ratings

Engine

8.8

Interior

8.8

8.8

OVERALL RATING

Variant Name

MSRP


 2018 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 43 Coupe AMG C 43

AMG C 43

Fuel: Premium unleaded (required), Transmission: Manual, Seats: 4

$55,900

Configurations
AMG C 43 2dr Coupe AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 9A)
Transmission: 9A MPG: (20/22/27)

Expert Review


carhp editor October 12, 2018

8.8

Overall Rating


 

8.8/10
Engine

 
 

8.8/10
Interior

 
 
 
 
 

The Mercedes-Benz AMG C43 costs $55,900. It is one of the fastest and has the most powerful engine in its class, featuring a 3.0 Liter V6 engine with 9- automatic transmission giving it a performance surplus.

Features

The all new Mercedes-Benz AMG Coupe has only one version with a price tag of $55,900. The car has 3.0L V6 engine with 9-speed transmission featuring all-wheel drive. Instead of making another version of vehicle Mercedes focused on providing several optional features.

The tons of optional features provided by Mercedes helps one to customize the car’s exterior, interiors, Comfort level and safety features as desired. Some of them are carbon-fiber grills, illuminated door sills, surround view systems, speed limit assist and many more.

Trims AMG C43
MSRP $55,900
Features
  • Sport-tuned suspension
  • Adaptive suspension dampers
  • Heated front seats 
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • ECO Start/Stop system
  • SiriusXM Radio with 6-month All Access trial
  • AMG Sport Exhaust System

We recommend

Without any extra versions and so much to choose it totally comes to down to one’s personal preferences. Getting exteriors add-ons like carbon-fiber spoilers, 19-inch twin 5 spoke wheels will increase the car's performance. Investing some extra money on getting additional safety features, upgrading comfort level and several assists like Park assist or speed limit assist will not hurt at all.

Engine

8.8/10

With 362 hp and 384 lb-ft of torque, it’s a potent piece that catapults the C-Class to 60 mph in 4.6 seconds, with grunty, willing acceleration in just about any of its nine forward gears. The muted engine note balances exhaust and induction sounds without revealing too much of the V-6 roots; the AMG whuffle’s a classic soundtrack for what it can do with its standard rear-wheel drive -thecarconnection

Engine and Transmission

The C43 is blessed with enhanced 3.0L V6 bi-turbo 362 hp engine with Nano slide cylinder wall technology paired with 9-speed automatic transmission producing 384 lb.-ft. of torque. The combination of such powerful engine with the aerodynamic AMG style body makes this car totally unstoppable.

Models Mercedes-Benz AMG C43 Audi S5 Coupe Premium Plus BMW 440i Coupe
MSRP $55,900 $54,600 $49,700
Engine 3.0L V6 Biturbo 3.0L TFSI 6 Cylinder 3.0L DOHC 24-Valve 6-Cylinder
Transmission 9-Speed Automatic 8-Speed Automatic 8-Speed Automatic
Power 362 hp 354 hp 320 hp
Torque 384 lb-ft 369 lb-ft 330 lb-ft

Acceleration

The coupe races from 0-60 mph in mere 4.6 sec, while taking only 13.1 sec to complete a quarter mile. The engine is so powerful and the performance is so top notch that it has the best time around.  Audi however best the Benz in terms of 0 to 60 as it is 0.2 second faster than the latter.

Models Mercedes-Benz AMG C43 Audi S5 Coupe Premium Plus BMW 440i Coupe
0-60 MPH 4.6 sec 4.4 sec 4.9 sec
Quarter mile 13.1 sec 13.2 sec 13.4 sec
Engine 3.0L 3.0L 3.0L
Emission

 

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

8.0 7.4 7.0

Handling and Steering

It  handles great just like other AMG models giving an outstanding sporty feel to the driver. The coupe features 3 spoke multi-function AMG sport steering wheel with precise response. It has an AMG Ride control sport suspension featuring a lighter, more rigid 4-wheel multilink design with AMG-developed springs and electronically controlled shock absorbers with 3-stage variable damping providing smooth and stable rides.

In order to improve handling, Mercedes has equipped the AMG C43 with several features such as 4- wheel electronic transaction system, 4Matic all-wheel drive, ESP dynamic corner assist for tight corners etc. It has a curb-curb turning radius of 38.4 ft.

Braking

The Mercedes AMG C43 is equipped with 14.2-inch front and 12.6-inch rear Anti-lock Braking system (ABS). It also features Adaptive Brake Technology with Brake assist system increasing safety and decreasing stopping distance thanks to which it takes only 114 ft. to get from 60-0 mph.

Model Mercedes-Benz AMG C43 Audi S5 Coupe Premium Plus BMW 440i Coupe
Brake Front(in) 14.2 13.8 13.4
Brake Rear(in) 12.6 13.0 13.0
Curb Weight(lbs) 3968 3836 3704
60-0 MPH (ft.) 114 110 113

Fuel Economy

In terms of fuel economy, it has an average mileage of 20 mpg in city and 27 mpg on highway with a combined mileage 22 mpg. BMW leads the segment when it comes to fuel economy with as it is rated at 21/31/25 mpg.

Model Mercedes-Benz AMG C43 Audi S5 Coupe Premium Plus BMW 440i Coupe
MPG (City) 20 21 21
MPG (Highway) 27 30 31
MPG (Combined) 22 24 25

Interior

8.8/10

The 2018 C-Class AMG models stand apart from their C 300 brethren in relatively modest ways.One of the easiest ways to spot the difference is in back: Look for the quad exhaust housings. Within the AMG lineup, the C 63 models have a more muscular, ridged hood, while the red-hot C 63 S has telltale red brake calipers. -Kelley Blue Book

Seating and Comfort

C43 is a single row coupe with the capacity of accommodating 4 people. It features AMG performance focused cockpit with multifunction steering wheels along with 14-way power front seats with a memory system for each front seat to recall three stored seat positions. The AMG also gets 40/20/40 split-folding rear seats offering a variety of cargo and passenger configuration.

It has soft DINAMICA microsuede seat inserts. The black interior is highlighted with red topstitching and seatbelt. There are several optional features and packages to enhance C43’s interior, comfort as the customer desires offered by Mercedes.

Model Mercedes-Benz AMG C43 Audi S5 Coupe Premium Plus BMW 440i Coupe
Passenger capacity 4 4 4
Passenger Volume (ft. cube) 85.2 88.6 89.5
Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

 

(In.)

38.8/54.8/42.0 39.0/55.3/41.3 39.8/55.3/42.2
Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

 

(In.)

35.6/54.8/32.0 36.1/50.7/32.7 36.1/51.7/33.7

Interior Features

  • 3 Spoke Multifunction Steering Wheel
  • AMG Instrumentation
  • AMG Menu with Race-timer
  • Brushed Aluminum Pedals
  • Red Seat Belts
  • Remote start Via Mercedes Me Mobile App

Infotainment System

The AMG features standard 7-inch-high resolution in dash infotainment screen.  Although, it doesn’t have any modern features like touch-screen, voice command, apple car play or android auto in its base model. The infotainment system looks classy, has straight-forward user interface and does not feels outdated at all.

Infotainment Features

  • High Resolution In-dash Screen
  • Central Controller
  • Front Bass System
  • Burmester Surround Sound System
  • Bluetooth audio Streaming

Cargo Capacity

The Mercedes has 10.5 cubic foot of cargo space which is nothing to brag about but, is quite good for its class. The cargo space can be increased by folding its rear seat. In case you are carrying something heavy or your hands are full the hand free trunk access feature is there for your aid.

The Audi S5 coupe has 11.6 cubic foot of cargo space which is good but BMW 440i has the maximum cargo space i.e 15.7 cubic feet which is surprisingly big for a coupe.

Model Mercedes-Benz AMG C43 Audi S5 Coupe Premium Plus BMW 440i Coupe
Volume (ft. cube) 10.5 11.6 15.7

Exterior

On AMG models, Benz applies even larger air intakes, matte-silver trim, petite spoilers, even gloss-black trim if you like. Mercedes will remove all the badging if you like; they’ll also light the three-pointed star on the grille. The topography of taste on this car could fill Rand McNally’s pages -thecarconnection

Dimension and Weight

The Mercedes has an AMG style body enhancing aerodynamic and giving it stunning sporty look. Weighing 3,968 lbs, it has a body length of 184.9 inches and width of 71.3 inch with 55.3 inches in height. It has 111.8 inches of wheelbase with a track width of 62.1/61.2. With only 3.6 inches of ground clearance, the coupe sticks to the ground making it a true performance car.

Model Mercedes-Benz AMG C43 Audi S5 Coupe Premium Plus BMW 440i Coupe
Curb weight(lbs) 3968 3836 3704
Length(in) 184.9 184.7 182.7
Width(in) 71.3 72.7 71.9
Height(in) 55.3 53.9 54.2
Ground clearance(in) 3.6 4.3 5.1
Wheelbase(in) 111.8 108.8 110.6
Track width(in) F/R 62.1/61.2 62.5/61.7 60.8/62.8

Exterior Features

  • Pure Coupe Body
  • Panorama Roof
  • AMG Styling Body
  • Chrome Diamond-block Grille
  • 18 inch 5-Spoke Wheels
  • LED Daytime Lamps
  • LED Headlamp/tail lamp
  • AMG Sport Exhaust System

Safety

Safety Features

On the coupe is included a an array of features, including -

  • Tire Specific Low Tire Pressure Warning
  • Blind Spot Assist Blind Spot Sensor
  • Mbrace Emergency SOS
  • Collision Prevention Assist Plus Forward Collision
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
  • Side Impact Beams
  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
  • ABS And Driveline Traction Control

Competition

Audi S5 Coupe Premium Plus Vs AMG C 43Coupe

The S5 is smaller, has better fuel economy, cargo space more ground clearance and is lighter then Mercedes. In overall comparison between Audi S5 and Mercedes, the Audi S5 Coupe excels Mercedes in several aspects.

BMW 440i Coupe Vs AMG C 43Coupe

The BMW 440i Coupe is a $49,700 car featuring 3.0L DOHC 24-Valve 6-Cylinder 320 hp engine with 8-speed automatic transmission producing 330 lb.-ft. of torque. The car reaches 0-60 mph in 4.7 sec which is slower than Mercedes. The BMW 440i is no match for Mercedes in terms of performance. But, in other aspects its beats Mercedes for good.

Final Verdict

The 2018 Mercedes-Benz AMG C43 is a performance coupe. With so many options to customize the exteriors, interiors and safety features, it is more like a customer’s car. The AMG style body with lesser ground clearance gives it a low profile sporty look enhancing its Aerodynamics.

The car is less fuel efficient than its rival. It is heaviest car in its class with lowest cargo space and has maximum Co2 emission. It has only all-wheel drive version. The Audi S5 and the BMW 440i beats the AMG C43 in several aspects but they also have their own cons.  It sure is not the best coupe in its class but stands up-to the expectations.

When it comes to overall comparison the Audi S5 takes the lead with Mercedes at second and BMW at third. But, for these many features and such performance for a coupe $55,400 is a fair price to pay for the AMG C43.

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