Coupé d’état

Premier Magazine (South AFrica) - - Motoring -

If the 8-cylin­der AMG C63 rep­re­sents some­thing akin to a wild an­i­mal, the 6-cylin­der AMG C43 is a tamed and trained an­i­mal. We got to test-drive one of th­ese tamed an­i­mals in the form of the Mercedes-amg C43 Coupé, at the heart of which beats an ul­tra-smooth 3.0-litre V6 biturbo that de­liv­ers 270 kw of power and 520 Nm of torque, cou­pled to a 9G-TRONIC sports trans­mis­sion. Com­ple­ments of sportier timing and higher charge pres­sure, this en­gine de­liv­ers on ev­ery per­for­mance prom­ise while the AMG Sports ex­haust emits a beau­ti­ful sonorous sound, es­pe­cially so as the AMG Dy­namic Se­lect sys­tem en­gages dou­ble-de­clutch­ing dur­ing down­shifts in Sport+ mode.

The AMG Sports Sus­pen­sion pro­vides two sus­pen­sion lev­els – com­fort and sport – which is com­ple­mented with the AMG Per­for­mance 4MATIC all­wheel drive sys­tem for en­hanced driv­ing dy­nam­ics and im­proved trac­tion when ac­cel­er­at­ing. The re­sult is stag­ger­ing as this car de­liv­ers un­prece­dented han­dling, even un­der ex­treme ac­cel­er­a­tion and cor­ner­ing.

The new AMG C43 Coupé of­fers un­in­hib­ited per­for­mance and sporty styling that takes noth­ing away from the dis­tinc­tive lux­ury in­her­ent to Mercedes-amg. This is an ex­cep­tional car that of­fers a value al­ter­na­tive to the in­sanely pow­er­ful AMG C63, cru­cially with­out com­pro­mis­ing on the unique AMG char­ac­ter.

Pric­ing starts at R928,100 ex­clud­ing op­tional ex­tras.

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