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New Mercedes C-class Coupe and Cabriolet revealed with AMG C43 variants

Stuart Gallagher
21 Mar 2018

Latest Mercedes C-class AMG C43 Coupe and Cabriolet models go under the knife and join recently revised line-up.

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Mercedes continues to evolve its C-class range by updating the coupe and cabriolet, including the 43-engined AMG variants. Following in the wheel tracks of the new C-class saloon revealed at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, the new C43 Coupe and Cabriolet models will go on sale in April alongside the less potent 2-door derivatives with deliveries scheduled for July. 

As with the new C Class saloon, the updated Mercedes-AMG C43 Coupe and Cabriolet models have come in for a mild visual makeover incorporating a new twin-bar AMG grille, new front and rear bumpers, a new diffuser and deeper sides sills. There is also a new set of wheels that include revised aero wings and optimised spoke geometry to improve brake cooling, reduce weight and optimise air-flow over the wheel’s surface.

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Along with the aforementioned changes an optional styling pack will also be available, compromising a more aggressive front splitter, even broader side sills and aero ‘flics’ in the rear bumper. Further body options include a Carbon pack that covers the mirror housings and bootlid mounted rear spoiler. Internally the new C43 Coupe and Cabriolet models gain the new AMG three-spoke steering wheel with Performance seats an option along with Mercedes’ latest digital technology.

Behind the three-pointed star, the new AMG C43 Coupe and Cabriolet models retain their twin-turbocharged six-cylinder power units but the boost pressure has been increased and the engines remapped accordingly. The result is a 23hp power increase to 385bhp, while torque remains at 383lb ft and a 0-62mph time of 4.7-seconds for the coupe and tenth slower for the Cabriolet. Both models are limited to 155mph.

Drive remains via Mercedes’ nine-speed Speedshift 9G automatic gearbox and the company’s rear-biased 4MATIC four-wheel system, which splits drive 31/69 front-to-rear. The chassis is a mix of adaptive dampers and steel springs, with the former featuring Mercedes-AMG’s Comfort, Sport, Sport + and Individual modes, and AMG’s speed sensitive steering is also standard.

Prices and full specification for the C43 models as well as the rest of the C-Class Coupe and Cabriolet line-up will be announced at the car’s April launch.

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