The Mercedes-AMG C43 Coupé has been revealed at Geneva. It's the second AMG model in the C-Class Coupé line-up, and is powered by a 362bhp 3.0-litre twin-turbocharged V6 petrol engine.
Making its public premiere alongside the new C-Class Cabriolet, prior to a planned start to UK sales later this year, the four-wheel-drive C43 4Matic Coupe joins the rear-wheel-drive C63 Coupe in a two-pronged assault by AMG on the likes of the BMW M4 and upcoming second-generation Audi RS5.
The C43 4Matic Coupe is the second in what Mercedes-Benz says will be an extended range of six-cylinder powered AMG models to be unveiled in 2016. It follows the SLC43, which made its world debut at the Detroit motor show in early January.
The six-cylinder AMG models were originally sold under the 450 Sport name, beginning with the C450 Sport saloon and estate launched in the UK last year. However, Mercedes-Benz and its AMG performance car division has subsequently decided to replace the 450 Sport name with the resurrected 43 nomenclature first used on the C43 AMG back in 1997.
“The extension of the C-Class family to include the C 43 4Matic Coupe is another component in our growth strategy. It starts the introduction of a whole series of new 43 models", says Mercedes‑AMG chairman Tobias Moers.
Although appearing very similar to the C63 Coupe, the new C43 4Matic Coupe sports its own uniquely styled bumpers, grille insert, sills, trapezoidal shaped tail pipes and 18in wheels, which come shod with 225/45 front and 245/40 rear profile tyres.
Inside, there is an AMG instrument and graphics package, a flat bottom multi-function steering wheel and sport seats among a range of options.
Power for the C43 4Matic Coupe comes from the same twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine launched in the C450 Sport saloon and estate. The 60-degree unit delivers 362bhp at 5500rpm and 383lb ft of torque between 2000 and 4200rpm.
This provides the C43 4Matic Coupe with 120bhp and 110lb ft more than turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder powered C300 Coupe, but 141bhp and 153lb ft less than the twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 powered C63.