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News The New 2023 Mercedes-AMG C43’s Boosted 4-Cylinder Delivers 408 Horsepower

The New 2023 Mercedes-AMG C43’s Boosted 4-Cylinder Delivers 408 Horsepower

Less lag, more power, improved efficiency, this is the new Mercedes-AMG C43


  • It includes a 48V electrical system that features an electric motor in the turbocharger.

  • The new C43 is packed with tech including rear-wheel steering.


This is good and somewhat sad news. Without going over all the details, suffice it to say that the V6 and V8 engines once offered with the AMG C class models are officially dead. The good news however is that the new Mercedes-AMG C43 is faster and more powerful than the car it replaces.

2023 Mercedes-AMG C43 | Photo: MErcedes-Benz

The new Mercedes-AMG C43 is powered by a turbocharged M139 2.0-litre 4-cylinder engine,  mated to an AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 9G transmission (MCT = Multi-Clutch Transmission) and AMG’s version of 4MATIC AWD, that includes a 48V electrical system that powers a belt-driven motor/generator. What’s more, it also juices up an electric motor burrowed within the turbo that reduces lag. This electric motor, barely 4 cm thick, is attached to the shaft that links the turbo’s turbine and compressor wheel. Its job is to pre-spin the shaft to negate lag for improved throttle response. It will also keep boost on even when off-throttle.

The result is 408 horsepower and 369 lb.-ft. of torque. Within these figures is a low-rpm 14-horsepower boost provided by the belt-driven starter-generator. Bottom line is that the new C43 crushes the 100 km/h sprint from a standstill in just 4.6 seconds. The gorgeous wagon needs only 0.1 seconds more. The top speed is electronically limited at 250 km/h or, with the AMG Driver’s Package, it can be raised to 265 km/h.

Pricing is unknown at the moment however deliveries are expected to begin later in 2023. And by all accounts, Canada will not be getting the sexy wagon this time…

2023 Mercedes-AMG C43 | Photo: MErcedes-Benz

2023 Mercedes-AMG C43 | Photo: MErcedes-Benz

2023 Mercedes-AMG C43 | Photo: MErcedes-Benz

2023 Mercedes-AMG C43 | Photo: MErcedes-Benz

2023 Mercedes-AMG C43 | Photo: MErcedes-Benz

2023 Mercedes-AMG C43 | Photo: MErcedes-Benz

2023 Mercedes-AMG C43 | Photo: MErcedes-Benz

2023 Mercedes-AMG C43 | Photo: MErcedes-Benz

2023 Mercedes-AMG C43 | Photo: MErcedes-Benz

2023 Mercedes-AMG C43 | Photo: MErcedes-Benz

2023 Mercedes-AMG C43 | Photo: MErcedes-Benz

2023 Mercedes-AMG C43 | Photo: MErcedes-Benz

2023 Mercedes-AMG C43 | Photo: MErcedes-Benz

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Matt St-Pierre
Trained as an Automotive Technician, Matt has two decades of automotive journalism under his belt. He’s done TV, radio, print and this thing called the internet. He’s an avid collector of many 4-wheeled things, all of them under 1,500 kg, holds a recently expired racing license and is a father of two. Life is beautiful. Send Matt an emai

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