No more V6, 2023 (W206) Mercedes-AMG C43 gets A45 engine with 408 PS/500 Nm

Shaun · Apr 27, 2022 10:52 AM

No more V6, 2023 (W206) Mercedes-AMG C43 gets A45 engine with 408 PS/500 Nm 01

  • Now with a mild-hybrid 2.0-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder engine
  • Outputs 408 PS/500 Nm
  • 0-100 km/h in 4.6 seconds

The 2023 (W206) Mercedes-AMG C43 has made its global debut and the highlight here is its engine: the M139 2.0-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder engine with 48-volt mild-hybrid system.

No more V6, 2023 (W206) Mercedes-AMG C43 gets A45 engine with 408 PS/500 Nm 02

Unlike the previous 3.0-litre turbocharged V6 engine, this M139 engine is manufactured there in accordance with the principle of "One Man, One Engine", so critics can’t say this isn’t a ‘real AMG’.

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No more V6, 2023 (W206) Mercedes-AMG C43 gets A45 engine with 408 PS/500 Nm 01

It achieves a rated output of 408 PS/500 Nm (previous C43 made 390 PS/520 Nm) with the second-generation, 48-volt belt-driven starter generator (RSG) acting as a mild hybrid, providing this temporary power boost of 14 PS as well as functions such as gliding and recuperation for improved efficiency.

The 48-volt system also powers the motor in the electric turbocharger, which is said to virtually eliminate turbo lag.

Also read: After being short-lived in W205, are Malaysians ready for 2022 Mercedes C200 1.5 EQ Boost MHEV?

No more V6, 2023 (W206) Mercedes-AMG C43 gets A45 engine with 408 PS/500 Nm 02

Power is transmitted via the AMG Speedshift MCT 9G transmission (MCT = Multi-Clutch Transmission), in which a wet start-off clutch replaces the torque converter. Meanwhile, the AMG Performance 4Matic permanent all-wheel drive has a torque distribution between the front and rear axles of 31 to 69 percent.

Also read: Think twin-clutch 'boxes are amazing? New Mercedes-AMG C63 will have twin gearboxes

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The W206 Mercedes-AMG C43 does the 0-100 km/h sprint in 4.6 seconds while top speed is limited to 250 km/h, but it can be raised to 265 km/h by adding the optional AMG Driver's Package.

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As standard, the C43 comes with AMG Ride Control steel-spring suspension with Adaptive Damping System and rear-axle steering. Stopping power is provided by 4-piston callipers with 370 mm discs at the front and 1-piston callipers with 320 mm discs at the rear.

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In terms of exterior design, there’s the AMG-specific radiator grille with vertical struts in chrome, the AMG front apron with flics, chrome-plated or gloss black trim elements, the matching side sill panels, the diffuser-look rear apron and the quad exhaust tips.

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It gets 18-inch wheels as standard, with 19- and 20-inch items available as options.

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Inside, standard features include AMG seats upholstered in Artico man-made leather/microfibre, AMG Performance steering wheel in nappa leather, AMG sports pedals, AMG floor mats and illuminated door sill trims with AMG lettering.

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The MBUX infotainment system includes various AMG-specific displays and functions. These include special displays in the instrument cluster, in the portrait-format multimedia central display in the centre console and in the optional head-up display.

Also read: Customized for either the Mr or Mrs, the W206 Mercedes-Benz C-Class offers a fingerprint scanner

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The AMG Track Pace, the data logger for use on the circuit, is also integrated. The software records more than 80 vehicle-specific data such as speed, acceleration, steering angle and brake pedal actuation ten times per second while the car is being driving around a race track.

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In overseas markets, the W206 Mercedes-AMG C43 will go on sale late-2022. As for Malaysia, we’re expecting it to arrive next year in 2023.

Also read: Review: 2022 (W206) Mercedes-Benz C-Class – More than just the badge, comfort is back!

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Shaun

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The quest for automotive knowledge began as soon as the earliest memories. Various sources information, even questionable ones, have been explored including video games, television, magazines, or even internet forums. Still stuck in that rabbit hole.

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