Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

An AMG Weapon for the People

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

An AMG Weapon for the People

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Byline: Iain Curry

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Model: Mercedes-AMG C 43 Sedan, Estate and Coupe.

Details: Four-door sedan, five-door wagon and two-door coupe rear-wheel drive performance premium cars.

Engine: 3.0-litre V6 twin-turbo petrol generating maximum power of 270kW @ 6000rpm and peak torque of 520Nm @ 2000rpm.

Transmission: Nine-speed automatic.

Consumption: 8.2l/100km.

Performance 0-100kmh: 4.7 seconds.

Bottom line plus on-roads: $101,900 (Sedan); $104,400 (Estate); $105,615 (Coupe).

I'LL start by saying $100,000 is a lot of money for a car.

I can even point you towards cheaper yet still ballistic AMG products - the sub-$80k A45 and $92k CLA45 - but there's something about Mercedes' new C43 range that looks to hit the sweet spot. A bargain? I'd fight that corner.

It's a full-size C-Class for one, boasts incredible "go fast" technology, luxury kit, all-wheel-drive, nine-speed gearbox and a twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 good for 270kW and 520Nm.

The elephant in the room? Its big brother C63 S with biturbo 4.0-litre V8 delivering 375kW and 700Nm through just the rear wheels. This is the true hero C-Class earning maximum pub bragging rights, but if your track aspirations or ego aren't up in the clouds, there's a strong case for saving yourself over $50,000 by scratching your AMG performance itch in a C43. The C63 S, you see, starts from $155,615 before on-roads.

Three C43s are available. A Sedan kicks things off for $101,900, there's the Estate (wagon) for $104,400 and a Coupe for $105,615. This makes them obvious rivals to Audi's S models and BMW's M Performance cars - a rung down from the RS and full "M" models from its German rivals, but really, enough punch for the vast majority of fast car buyers.

After all, the C43 Coupe I had a brief test in hits 100kmh in just 4.7-seconds. That was supercar territory a generation ago, and if you don't think sub five-seconds to 100kmh is fast you've spent too long in your Bugatti Veyron.

Sadly I can't report on a favourite Victorian High Country back road blast rounded off with a full afternoon track session at Phillip Island in the C43. …

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