What is it?
This is our first taste on UK roads of Mercedes-AMG’s entry-level take on the revised C-Class Coupe. As before, the Mercedes-AMG C43 Coupe bridges the gap between the already pretty sporty standard C-Class Coupe range to the far ballsier and more extreme C63 AMG Coupe as part of the tiering of AMG models in any given range to broaden the choice for buyers.
You won’t mistake a C43 for a C63 visually, for the former does without the latter’s aggressively-flared rear wheel arches as the most obvious visual differentiation between them. The C43 instead relies on its donor car’s pretty, sleek lines to give it a different kind of purpose, with its biggest dose of sportiness coming from the quad exhausts.
Nor will you if you open the bonnet, where you will find a V6 instead of the range-topper’s V8. This isn’t any old V6, however, as it has some serious performance credentials of its own. The twin-turbo 3.0-litre unit produces 385bhp (up by 23bhp) and 383lb ft, driving all four wheels through a nine-speed automatic gearbox.