With a new transmission and a tweaked all-wheel drive system, the C43 Coupe is more than just a direct translation of the outgoing C450 AMG Sport.
Even though there isn't a "63" badge on the back, the Mercedes-AMG C43 is certainly worthy of the title.
The C43 Coupe packs a 3.0-liter, twin-turbocharged six-cylinder engine, good for 362 horsepower and 384 pound-feet of torque.
Mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission and rear-biased all-wheel drive, the car is capable of reaching 60 mph in 4.6 seconds.
The standard torque distribution of the C43's all-wheel-drive system sends 69 percent of the car's torque to the rear axle.
Three-mode, adjustable sport suspension is standard, as are five different transmission modes.
Its styling is similar to that of other true AMG models. The C43 has unique bumpers, special alloy wheels, blacked-out trim bits and -- you guessed it -- badges galore.
The car is packing some serious brakes, too -- 14.2-inch rotors up front, and 12.6-inch rotors out back.
The rear end has unique tailpipes, but only the C63 retains the true AMG quad tailpipe design.
Refreshingly, there's nary a hint of safety-related tech mentioned in the press release. All focus is on the fun stuff.
Inside, a flat-bottomed, leather-wrapped, red-stitched steering wheel is standard.
Sport seats are standard fare, as is a great deal of microfiber upholstery and leatherette. Oh, and the seatbelts are red.
The Mercedes-AMG C43 will be shown off at the Geneva International Motor Show at the beginning of March. There is no word yet on pricing or availability.
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