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The spectrum of coupe personalities ranges from touring to beastly, and one of the best usually sit someplace within the center, mixing a fascinating driving expertise with relative consolation. In idea, then, the Mercedes-AMG C43 needs to be the gold commonplace. The 362-hp two-door straddles the road between the mad-dog, 469-hp Mercedes-AMG C63 and the extra mundane 241-hp Mercedes-Benz C300 coupe. In observe, although, the Mercedes-AMG C43 is extra just like the silver commonplace: It’s fast and enthralling to pilot on twisty tarmac, however its agency suspension makes for an uncomfortable experience on all however the smoothest surfaces.


The C43 coupe shouldn’t be gradual. The AMG’s twin-turbocharged three.Zero-liter V-6 pushes the 3908-pound two-door from zero to 60 mph in Four.1 seconds and thru the quarter-mile in 12.eight at 109 mph, besting the 467-hp Lexus RC F to 60 mph by Zero.2 second (thanks, all-wheel drive) and matching its quarter-mile time. The C43’s passing acceleration was equally spectacular, with the coupe accelerating from 30 to 50 mph in three.Zero seconds and from 50 to 70 mph in three.Four, figures that once more put the 105-hp-stronger RC F in its crosshairs.

Credit score the C43’s forced-induction V-6 and its quick-shifting nine-speed computerized transmission, which contains a pair of paddles mounted on the steering wheel. The powertrain combo isn’t simply fast, it’s commendably gas environment friendly. We averaged 22 mpg, almost matching the EPA’s 23-mpg mixed ranking. We additionally noticed 29 mpg throughout our steady-state 75-mph freeway fuel-economy take a look at, beating the EPA’s 28-mpg freeway determine.

Tough Rider

On damaged pavement, our take a look at automobile’s optionally available (no-cost) Pirelli P Zero run-flat summer time tires’ skinny and stiff sidewalls exacerbated the C43’s punishing experience high quality. Whereas three damper settings can be found, none adequately masks street irregularities. In Consolation mode, the coupe’s experience is brittle even whereas the physique is allowed to maneuver round some; Sport mode eliminates the physique motions with out including any noticeable harshness to the experience; Sport+ mode is all harshness on a regular basis.

We selected to depart the suspension in Sport mode throughout most of our time with the automobile, feeling it was one of the best of three suboptimal selections. We’d suggest forgoing our take a look at automobile’s optionally available ($850) 19-inch wheels and tires and as an alternative making do with the usual 18-inch setup, as its taller sidewalls ought to supply some reduction from the inflexible experience.

Though the AMG’s suspension presents little forgiveness on tough roads, it shines throughout dynamic driving. Physique roll is stored to a minimal and grip is plentiful, as evidenced by the C43’s Zero.95-g skidpad efficiency. The automobile’s commonplace all-wheel-drive system sends 69 p.c of the engine’s torque to the rear wheels and 31 p.c to the entrance wheels, which permits for simply sufficient rear-end slip to maintain issues thrilling. The C43’s braking efficiency additionally was noteworthy, because the agency pedal introduced the coupe to a halt from 70 mph in simply 158 ft—5 ft shorter than the 42-pound-lighter Infiniti Q60 Pink Sport 400.

AMG Look

With a base value of $56,425, the Mercedes-AMG C43 coupe prices $12,850 greater than the entry-level, rear-wheel-drive Mercedes-Benz C300 coupe. That additional coin not solely nets the C43’s extra efficiency and commonplace all-wheel drive, it additionally provides aggressive entrance and rear fascias, black mirror caps, and black window trim. Our take a look at automobile additionally sported the $200 Night time bundle that added extra black highlights on the entrance and rear, in addition to a $1515 coat of Designo Diamond White paint.

Inside, our take a look at automobile’s black MB-Tex faux-leather upholstery featured contrasting purple stitching on the amply bolstered seats, steering wheel, door panels, and middle armrest. An additional $500 introduced the flat-bottomed AMG Efficiency steering wheel, which options extra-chunky shift paddles and microsuede inserts alongside the edges.

The C43 coupe comes commonplace with LED head- and taillights, a proximity key with push-button begin, heated energy entrance seats, a Burmester audio system, and a large sunroof. To that, our take a look at automobile additionally added the $2650 Premium 2 bundle, which features a power-operated trunklid, power-folding mirrors, and an eight.Four-inch central infotainment display screen with navigation. As on virtually all Mercedes merchandise, the C43’s infotainment is operated through the model’s COMAND controller on the middle console. Choosing the Premium 2 bundle, although, additionally provides a finicky touchpad to the multimedia combine. Not featured on our take a look at automobile was the $5550 Premium three bundle, which incorporates lively security options corresponding to adaptive cruise management, a lane-keeping help system, and computerized high-beam headlights—objects we’d look forward to finding in a automobile with an as-tested value of $62,140.

The 2017 Mercedes-AMG C43 coupe is blessed with a potent powertrain and fetching kind. It additionally has an unyielding suspension setup that makes the tempting two-door uncomfortable over the scabrous surfaces we repeatedly encounter in Michigan. On the coupe spectrum, the C43 supplies loads of sport however not fairly sufficient touring.

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