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2023 Mercedes-AMG C43 4Matic: The Displacement Replacement

Through the magic of electrification, the new AMG C43 is more powerful and responsive than its predecessor despite its much smaller engine.

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2023 Mercedes-AMG C43 sedan with Selenite Gray Magno matte paint
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The new Mercedes-AMG C43 builds on the already impressive fifth-generation C-Class with more performance and technology than ever before.

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Gone is the old twin-turbo V6 from before; it's been replaced by a 2.0-liter inline-4 with a single turbo.

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Thanks to 48-volt mild hybridization, an electric-assist motor on the turbocharger and excellent AMG hand-built craftsmanship, the new and smaller engine makes more power and torque than before.

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Output is stated at 402 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque before the mild hybrid system adds an extra 13 ponies during short bursts.

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A nine-speed automatic transmission is standard, as is 4Matic all-wheel drive.

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That all-wheel drive system features a fixed and rear-biased 31:69 torque split.

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A standard adaptive suspension and rear wheel steering help boost handling and grip.

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Check out our full first drive review for more details and our impressions of the 2023 Mercedes-AMG C43 or keep swiping for more photos.

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2023 Mercedes-AMG C43 engine signature plate
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2023 Mercedes-AMG C43 sedan with Selenite Gray Magno matte paint
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2023 Mercedes-AMG C43 sedan with Selenite Gray Magno matte paint
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2023 Mercedes-AMG C43 sedan with Selenite Gray Magno matte paint
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2023 Mercedes-AMG C43's electric assisted turbocharger cut-away
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Multiple 2023 Mercedes-AMG C43 sedans lined up in various colors
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Blue 2023 Mercedes-AMG C43 wagon that we don't get in the US
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In the US, we only get the sedan, but the C43 is also available as a wagon in European markets. Jealous? I certainly am.

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