As Mercedes-Benz introduced its fifth-generation C-class last year, rumor mills were already salivating at the prospect of yet another AMG-tuned compact tourer powered by a monstrous V8 engine. But in April 2022, what was revealed is the total opposite. The all-new 2023 C43 AMG 4MATIC is the first car of its category to feature an electric exhaust gas turbocharger, following current eco-chic trends.
What is this technology about, one might ask?
From Track To Street
The setup was first commercially introduced in the Mercedes-AMG SL43 and is one of the best examples of Formula One technology to be transferred to street-legal cars. Indeed, the Petronas F1 car runs a mild-hybrid e-turbo that relies on a generator to spool up, effectively eliminating lag and allowing precise power output control regardless of engine rev speeds.
In the C43 AMG, this translates to an increase of over 15 hp compared to the previous 3.0L twin-turbo V6, topping out at 408 hp with 369 lb-ft torque at 5,000 rpm. Mated to a nine-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, it only takes 4.6 seconds to launch it to 100 km/h from a standstill.
The Beauty Of AMG
To make it more distinctive from its more pedestrian siblings, the C43 AMG sports vertical slotted grills and unique chrome-plated trims. The rear end features four exhaust pipes and a restyled bumper with an air diffuser to help with the aerodynamics.
In case one forgets that they are driving a race-capable beast, the interior is appointed with a pizzazz of AMG goodies, such as a three-spoke AMG steering wheel, AMG floor mats, AMG illuminated door sills, and AMG pedals, just to name a few. Everything is brought together with a vertically-mounted center console touchscreen that features Mercedes-Benz’s extra intuitive MBUX infotainment system and a fully digital hi-res, high refresh rate dashboard monitor.
The driving experience is nothing short of spectacular. Choosing from multiple drive modes, including Sport, Sport+, Comfort, and even a launch mode, drivers can customize the feel of the car according to the venue. Optionally, it can even be equipped with the advanced AMG Track Pace package that measures a wide spectrum of race-specific data for those who do intend to take it to the track.
Where To Buy
There is a certain boldness that comes with the ownership of a Mercedes-Benz, even more so in an AMG. For the most demanding car enthusiasts, it means enjoying the highest level of attentiveness to detail that only very few dealerships can afford to deliver. Experiencing an AMG delivery with Mercedes-Benz West Island is not just a simple drop-in at the office – it’s an event meant to celebrate. As a proud member of the Dilawri Group, the largest automotive conglomerate in Canada, the establishment strives to be an example for others to follow.
Don’t believe us? Book an appointment with an AMG Specialist at your nearest Dilawri Mercedes-Benz dealership and see for yourself.