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Mercedes-AMG took the excellent 2.0-liter turbocharged powerplant developed for the A-Class, rotated it by 90 degrees, and installed it into the engine bay of the C-Class, thus resulting in a performance-oriented compact sedan: the C 43.

When the downsizing trend started, AMG was caught off-guard. In those times, it was focused on big powerplants with up to 7.3-liter displacement. But its engineers went back to the drawing board and made one of the best inline-four engines in the world: a 2.0-liter inline-four, which they planted into the A-Class hatchback and turned into a successful story. In 2022, they tried the same with the C-Class.

Unlike its non-AMG sibling from Mercedes-Benz, the C43 sported a much-more aggressive front fascia, with the Panamericana grille and the AMG-specific lower front apron, where the A-shaped lower grille flanked by a pair of air-intakes enhanced both the look and the car's aerodynamic. Furthermore, on the front fenders, the Turbo-electrified badges were an accurate statement of the technology comprised in the vehicle.

Inside, the sport bucket seats at the front covered in ARTICO man-made leather offered high bolstered areas that kept their occupants in place during high-speed cornering. Like its regular, non-AMG sibling, the C43 showed a two-screen dashboard, with one in front of the driver as an instrument panel and a touchscreen atop the center stack for the MBUX infotainment system. The three-spoke steering wheel with the flat-bottom area was thick and covered with Alcantara for better grip.

Under the hood, AMG installed the longitudinal version of the four-cylinder 2.0-liter powerplant developed for the A-Class. It was helped by an electric turbocharger, a technology developed for Formula 1. Power went in all corners via a nine-speed automatic gearbox.
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Mercedes-AMG C43 2022 - Present
  1 gasoline engine
  • 2.0L 4MATIC 9AT AWD (408 HP)

Mercedes-AMG C43 2.0L 4MATIC 9AT AWD (408 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.0L 4MATIC 9AT AWD (408 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1991 cm3
Power
300.1 KW @ 6750 RPM
408 HP @ 6750 RPM
402 BHP @ 6750 RPM
Torque
369 lb-ft @ 5000 RPM
500 Nm @ 5000 RPM
Electrical motor power
10.3 kw (14 hp)
Fuel System
Turbocharged Direct Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
13.2 gallons (50.0 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
155 mph (249 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
4.6 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
All Wheel Drive
Gearbox
9-speed automatic AMG Speepshift
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Ventilated discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
245/45 ZR18
DIMENSIONS
Length
188.6 in (4790 mm)
Width
71.8 in (1824 mm)
Height
57.1 in (1450 mm)
Front/rear Track
62.6/63.1 in (1,590/1,603 mm)
Wheelbase
112.8 in (2865 mm)
Cargo Volume
16.1 cuFT (456 L)
Turning circle
39.3 ft (12.0 m)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3891 lbs (1765 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (WLTP)
Combined
26.1 mpg US (9 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions (Combined)
206 g/km
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