V6, Bi-Turbo, Petrol
Automatic (9G Tronic)
Rs. 74.35 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi)
In a world where time is precious, speed plays a very important
role. Be it a pizza delivery in 30 minutes, an ambulance reaching a patient on
time or just making it to work on time on a manic Monday, it all requires
speed. But with great speed comes an even greater responsibility of control and
that is exactly what the Mercedes C 43 AMG displays. It has been pioneered to
perform in every aspect and that sets it a class apart from every other
The C 43 AMG is powered by a 3.0 litre, V6, Bi-Turbo, petrol engine
which bites harder than it barks. Yes, the exhaust note is quite throaty and
sounds ferocious but it does not do justice to how quick this sedan really is. The
engine belts out 367 horses on the asphalt from 5500-6000rpm. The C 43 AMG gets
going rather quick, thanks to the 520Nm of torque which comes in at 2000rpm and
goes all the way upto 4200rpm. Its sublime performance is only complimented by
the final performance figures--the sedan accelerates from 0-100kmph in a mere
4.7 seconds and can achieve a top speed of 250kmph.
Thanks to the well integrated Bi-Turbo the V6 engine does not feel
linear in the least and on flooring the accelerator pedal one gets thrown back
in the seat, catering to an immensely thrilling drive. The engine has been mated
to a 9-Speed automatic transmission which is better known as the 9G-Tronic. The
gear shifts are extremely smooth and deliver peak performance on demand.
Different drive modes on offer also help the driver to squeeze the best
performance from the sedan, depending on the requirement. The C 43 AMG comes
with Eco, Comfort, Sport, Sport + and Individual drive modes. Each mode puts
the sedan in a different state of tune enabling the driver to optimise their
performance. We drove the vehicle on BIC (Buddh International Circuit), first
in the Comfort mode and then shifted to the Sport + mode. While in comfort, a
mild understeer could be felt however in Sport + this was completely negated
and the C 43 held its own rather well on the track.
Mercedes has setup their AMG sport suspension in the sedan, which
when coupled with the fat 245/40 R18 tyres proved to be incredibly efficient.
The vehicle displayed immense grip even during high speed cornering maneuvers
and remained planted to the tarmac no matter what the BIC threw its way. The C
43 AMG has also been setup with the AMG speed sensitive sports steering which
is precise to driver inputs and inspires confidence no matter how fast you are
pushing the sedan. Mercedes has also built in adequate stopping power in the C
43 AMG via perforated discs in the front and discs brakes in the rear. The
brakes have a mean bite and get their job done well. The overall engineering in
the C 43 is impeccable and will not leave you longing for more.
Mercedes Benz has been synonymous with luxury and finesse since its
inception. Over the years it has skillfully crafted some of the finest
automobiles known to man and their latest in India, the C 43 AMG 4Matic is no
exception to this. The vehicle comes with great build quality and finish, which
would probably be rivaled only by another Mercedes make. The design and
aesthetics are also quite appealing apart from a host of handy features and
functions for convenience and safety. The C 43 AMG 4Matic will set you back by Rs.
74.35 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). If a power packed ride is what floats your
boat, then this is probably one of the best bets under Rs 1 crore.
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