The 2017 Mercedes-AMG C43 Coupe touches down somewhere in the middle of the spectrum. It does not fully qualified as the utmost sporty neither is it the most family friendly. While some may say the in-between-er gets nothing best of the both world, which may be particularly true in some scenario. But let’s agree to this – it takes a genius or an exceptional tragic to mold the worst of two world into one. And quite fortunately, such genius or exceptional tragic exists not in this case.
It would be easy to overlook the price-tag given the alluring appearance of the C43. And in fact, this car is a cheaper variation to the C63 while retaining most of the AMG capabilities (most, not all). So if you’re an enthusiast of a well-performing car without having to break the bank, the C43 would be a better option. But remember that nothing from Mercedes ever comes cheap. Just because it is cheaper doesn’t mean it is affordable. And if it’s worth the money, we will leave it to you to judge.
The Performance of 2017 Mercedes-AMG C43 Coupe
The 2017 Mercedes-AMG C43 Coupe comes with a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 engine. A 3.0-liter V6 has been the norm of late so that’s hardly surprising. It is no match to the C63’s V8 engine but for the price that’s more than a bargain. And to top it off, the AMG version is always a plus.
The 1800kg coupe goes from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.1 seconds and can complete the quarter mile in 12.9 seconds. That is paired with rapid-firing nine-speed automatic transmission and 4Matic system. For a coupe, that number spells impressive. For the record, this 2017 Mercedes-AMG C43 Coupe performs at only the average of its rival. To give you an idea, the 2017 Nissan GT-R is capable of hitting 100 km/h in less than 3 seconds. So for the price-tag, we can say that speed isn’t precisely the selling point.
Three drive modes are available to match the setting of your environment. The Comfort mode gives you barely noticeable tremor at the cost of performances, but it is still noticeable in harsher terrain. The Sport+ mode disables all major damping and performance-hindering capabilities to give you the best it can offer. While the Sport mode offers a middle ground of the former two.
The Design of 2017 Mercedes-AMG C43 Coupe
The exterior has been staying relatively the same for the past couple generations of C43. While there isn’t much to talk about in this subject of matter, we will give you a recap of what has been going on. Historically, the AMG has been the sportier representative of Mercedes’s lineup. Naturally, the exterior connote exoticism in a subtle way – without overwhelming their signature, rounder, and classier appearance. For instance, the AMG has a more streamlined and continuous design. If laid side by side with their other models, the AMG snatches the spotlight off all for itself. For the 2017 C43, the fascia on both ends look more aggressive and more persuasive (or intimidating).
The interior is nothing less than what we’d expect. Apart from basic equipment or entertainment systems, all sorts of what you can expect from a car like this. You can even, if you’d wish, throw in the package to give you power-operated controls, adaptive cruise control, and etc.
Additionally, you can customise the faux-leather upholstery, choose a red stitching if that’s to your taste. But there is only so much we can command on the interior seeing how everything is customisable. In our take, the red takes away the classier vibe the brand is supposed to have, and replace it with wilder look. So choose what you want carefully.