Advertisement

Updated Mercedes-AMG C 43 unveiled at Geneva

Following revisions to the standard C-Class, the Mercedes-AMG C 43 has now been updated with a power boost and revised looks

The semi-skimmed Mercedes-AMG C 43 saloon and Estate models have been updated for 2018, following changes announced for the standard C-Class range last month. The tweaks include a sizeable power boost, revised looks and “enhanced aerodynamic efficiency”. 

Continuing to sit below the full-fat AMG C 63, the C 43 gains a selection of mid-life tweaks designed to mirror those implemented on the standard C-Class in February. The familiar bi-turbo 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine has been upgraded to offer 385bhp (23bhp more than before), though peak torque now comes in slightly later – albeit through a wider band – between 2,500 and 5,000rpm.

Advertisement - Article continues below

Best performance cars on sale

On-paper performance is unchanged. The saloon still does 0-62mph in 4.7 seconds, while the Estate is one-tenth slower. Both are electronically limited to 155mph. However, given the wider torque band, all C 43 models are expected to be marginally quicker in-gear between 50-70mph. 

In addition to the more powerful engine, Mercedes-AMG’s engineers have updated the C 43’s drive modes by adding a ‘Slippery’ setting, specifically programmed for slippy or snow-covered roads. This works with the nine-speed transmission and 4MATIC+ all-wheel drive, always starting in second or third gear for optimal traction.

Advertisement
Advertisement - Article continues below

Elsewhere, Mercedes claims the C 43 is “considerably more expressive” – with all models featuring a new grille, bumpers and aero tweaks. At the rear there’s a new set of quad exhaust pipes, as well as a new body painted spoiler. An optional AMG styling package adds a different front splitter, broader side skirts and gloss black detailing. 

Advertisement - Article continues below

As well as the new body enhancements, Mercedes has added a range of AMG aero wheels. These have been optimised in the wind tunnel to improve air flow around the wheels, offering the best blend of aerodynamics, weight and brake cooling, along with improved performance and reduced fuel consumption. 

Inside, the C 43 gets optional AMG Performance seats with integrated head restraints, as well as new materials and trim finishes. The interior can be specified in Merc’s ARTICO man-made leather, while the black roof lining and red seat belts add to the car’s sporty persona. Those after a bit more individualisation can choose open-pore wood, carbon fibre or aluminium trim for the centre console. 

Mercedes has updated the infotainment options for 2018, too, now offering the fully digital widescreen dials from the larger E-Class. This was first shown on the standard C-Class last month, bringing a 12.3-inch screen in place of the C’s normal analogue dials. A new AMG steering wheel completes the look.

UK prices and specs will be announced later, along with official fuel economy and emissions data. However, we expect a small jump from the saloon’s current £45,830 list price, while the C 43 Estate is likely to continue to cost around £1,200 more. Revised versions of the AMG-fettled Coupe and Cabriolet will appear further down the line.

All the latest from the 2018 Geneva Motor Show...

Advertisement
Advertisement

Recommended

Geneva Motor Show 2021 cancelled
News

Geneva Motor Show 2021 cancelled

The 2021 Geneva Motor Show has been cancelled due to financial hardship and poor manufacturer response
30 Jun 2020
Geneva Motor Show
Geneva Motor Show

Geneva Motor Show

Welcome to our Geneva Motor Show hub page, scroll down for all our Geneva content...
28 Feb 2020
Mercedes C-Class review
Mercedes C-Class front
Mercedes C-Class

Mercedes C-Class review

Updated version of the Mercedes C-Class hits the right notes with worthwhile upgrades
20 Mar 2020
New Mercedes-AMG C43 spied for the first time
Mercedes C-Class

New Mercedes-AMG C43 spied for the first time

Mercedes-AMG’s latest mid-range performance saloon will square up to the BMW M340I xDrive
17 Mar 2020

Most Popular

New Peugeot 3008 could morph into a coupe-SUV in 2022
Peugeot 3008

New Peugeot 3008 could morph into a coupe-SUV in 2022

Peugeot’s next-generation 3008 looks set to receive a radical redesign in two years’ time, evolving into a style-focussed coupe-SUV
13 Jul 2020
SEAT Leon vs Volkswagen Golf vs Ford Focus
Family hatchbacks

SEAT Leon vs Volkswagen Golf vs Ford Focus

The Ford Focus, Volkswagen Golf and SEAT Leon are all long established hatchbacks - we find out which is best among the latest crop
11 Jul 2020
New 2021 BMW iX3 SUV plugs in with 285 miles of electric power
BMW iX3

New 2021 BMW iX3 SUV plugs in with 285 miles of electric power

Electric version of popular X3 SUV lands next year with 150kW charging and long-distance efficiency promised
14 Jul 2020