At just under $60,000 it costs more than its German rivals - but it has both of them outgunned.
The 2023 Mercedes-AMG C43 Sedan is available in the US with two trim levels, Premium and Pinnacle, and the German carmaker has just announced they will cost $59,900 and $62,700, respectively (excluding a $1,150 destination and delivery charge). That makes the AMG-tuned C-Class more expensive than its closest rivals, the Audi S4 and BMW M340i.
As a reminder, the C43 is powered by a hand-built M139l four-cylinder engine with a 48-volt mild-hybrid system. This is the same engine used in the CLA 45, but here it delivers 402 horsepower and 369 lb-ft.
With power delivered via a nine-speed automatic transmission and standard 4MATIC all-wheel-drive, the C43 is more comparable to the M340i xDrive, which starts at $58,400 while generating 382 hp. The BMW is quicker though, hitting 60 mph in 4.1 seconds compared to 4.6 seconds in the AMG.
The standard Premium trim comes very well equipped with rear-axle steering, a Nappa leather steering wheel, heated seats, keyless entry with push-button start, 64-color ambient lighting, biometric fingerprint scanner, LED headlights, surround-view cameras, parking sensors, blind-spot assist, and more.
Stepping up to the Pinnacle adds built-in navigation with augmented reality, a head-up display, Burmester 3D Surround Sound System, wireless charging, and enhanced ambient lighting.
Buyers who care more about performance over amenities can save some money by getting the C43 Premium.
To upgrade the car visually, Mercedes offers AMG Performance Studio Package, AMG Carbon Fiber Package, AMG Night Package, and AMG Night Package II.
Inside, the C43 offers optional AMG Performance seats wrapped in MB-Tex/microfiber or leather.
While the C43 is the most expensive mid-level performance sedan of the German luxury trio, it does offer the most features as standard. The car rides on 18-inch wheels, but customers can upgrade to 19- or 20-inch wheels. AMG Ride Control with adaptive dampers comes standard, so even those 20-inch wheels shouldn't upset the ride comfort too much. The interior also looks more modern than the Audi or BMW with a massive 11.9-inch touchscreen and 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster.
Now that we finally have pricing for the C43, it shouldn't be too long before we discover how much it will cost to buy the C63 S E-Performance with its epic 671 hp hybrid powertrain.
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