Mercedes-Benz has launched their 13th product of the year in India, the Mercedes-AMG C43 4Matic at Rs 74.35 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). The C43 AMG is an affordable performance based sedan for the people who loves the AMG badge but can not afford the fully power packed C63 which costs around Rs 1.3 crore.
Compared to C63’s 4.0-litre V8 engine, the C43 uses a smaller 3.0-litre twinturbo V6 petrol unit that churns out 370 bhp of power and generates 520 Nm of peak torque available all the way from 2000 rpm to 4200 rpm. The engine comes mated to 9-speed automatic gearbox sending power to all the wheels through Merc’s 4MATIC all wheel drive system. It does the 0 to 100 km/h sprint in just 4.7 seconds before hitting the electronically limited top speed of 250 km/h.
On the design perspective, it’s more of a standard C-Class wearing the AMG kit that includes 18″ 5-spoke alloy wheels, diamond grille at front, blackned outside mirrors, spoiler lip on the boot and logo projection. Cabin also tries to remind you that it’s an AMG with some sporty elements like the red seat belts, sports steering wheel, red stitching on the seats and illuminated door sill panels with ‘AMG’ lettering.
Mercedes has launched this car in the Indian market cleverly as there’s no direct rival to this car except the Audi S5 Sportback which is a little less powerful that C43 and costs about Rs 66 lakh (ex-Delhi).
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