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Mercedes-AMG's 2023 C43 is a techno-terror with an electric turbo

This promises to be the rowdiest C43 yet.

Kyle Hyatt
Kyle Hyatt (he/him/his) hails originally from the Pacific Northwest, but has long called Los Angeles home. He's had a lifelong obsession with cars and motorcycles (both old and new).
Kyle Hyatt
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2023 Mercedes-AMG C43

Mercedes' entry-level AMG C-Class has historically represented a great way to get into the world of quick Benzes.

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With a rowdy, powerful four-cylinder engine, it offers big performance at much less expense than its C63 sibling.

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For 2023, the performance delta between those two models looks to be shrinking even more.

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The 2023 C43 gets a new, hand-built engine with an F1-derived electric turbocharger.

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This gives it an output of 402 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque.

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Paired with Mercedes' nine-speed automatic transmission and rear-biased all-wheel drive, this should make the C43 a real driver's car.

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Other additions include rear-wheel steering.

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As well as Mercedes' AMG-tuned adaptive damping.

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Inside things get a big upgrade too in the form of an S-Class-inspired layout.

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There's a new center screen, new sport seats and available carbon fiber just about everywhere.

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