In the market for a new Mercedes C-Class sedan, but not inclined towards the full-on AMG C63? For starters, the front grille now has the familiar AMG twin louver finished in matte iridium silver while the front bumper has a pair of flics for each air vent. However, despite this tweak, there is no discernible change to the car's performance, at least on paper. These come with a high-gloss black finish and flank a slightly more aggressive diffuser lending the C43 an enhanced sporty vibe. Mercedes points out that aside from featuring a new look, these alloys have been developed in the wind tunnel to boost aerodynamic efficiency thanks to bespoke aero rings and a tailor-made geometry configuration to maximize airflow around the wheels.
Mercedes-AMG has given its second-most-potent C-Class, the C43, a series of revisions to its engines and its looks, with the updated vehicle making its global debut at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show.
The 2019 C43 is still powered by the same twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6, but AMG has found a little extra grunt in it and upped the power ratings to 385 horsepower and 385 pound-feet of torque.
With these figures on the spec sheet, the revised Merc-AMG C 43 sedan sprints from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.7 seconds (that's 4.8 seconds for the wagon) and can reach a top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph). Married to the engine is the AMG Speedshift TCT 9G nine-speed automatic transmission calibrated to allow short shift times.
Like the rest of the C Class lineup, the 2019 C43 is also gaining a new steering wheel, larger infotainment display that houses the brand's new MBUX system and a larger LCD screen in the gauge cluster.