The Mercedes-AMG C 43 has been given extra power and new on-board tech as part of its mid-life facelift.
Sitting between the standard C-Class petrol models and the range-topping V8-powered C 63, the C 43 gets its power from a 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 engine. In effect, it’s the same unit found in the old C 43, but it now produces 385bhp – up from 362bhp.
Teamed with a nine-speed automatic gearbox and four-wheel drive, the updated engine can take the C 43 from 0-62mph in 4.7 seconds.
As before, customers can choose between saloon, estate, coupe and convertible body shapes. Like the cars on which they are based, the C 43s get new headlights and bumpers, as well as a more high-tech cabin.
However, sporty styling tweaks set the car apart. At the front, the updated C 43s boast a new grille and aerodynamic fins, while the rear is marked out by a subtle spoiler and quad tailpipes.
Inside, the C 43’s cabin is trimmed in black leather and microfibre, with red contrast stitching. Figure-hugging sports seats and a flat-bottomed steering wheel add to the racing-inspired theme. You can have carbon-fibre on the dashboard, too, and drilled aluminium pedals.
Customers can also choose from a range of infotainment displays. As standard, you get a seven-inch central screen and analogue dials, but you can upgrade to a 12.3-inch digital instrument display.
Other on-board technology includes the Mercedes-AMG C 43’s Dynamic Select switch, which tunes the car’s adjustable steering and suspension for comfortable or sporty driving, depending on the driver’s choice.