Generations Timeline, Specs and Pictures
Keeping in trend with the midlife cycle refresh, the Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG got better in 2015.
The muscular AMG design got improved by a set of new multi-spoke alloy rims, a new front skirt, air vents, fins, new rear apron with integrated diffuser, LED headlights and taillamps as well as new colors. Some of these changes also do affect aerodynamics and downforce in a good way. The interior comes with a new sport steering wheel, AMG Dynamic Select controller, new infotainment system with Apple Car Play support, seat cushion depth adjustment and a few color combinations.
Based on the 2014 Mercedes-Benz C-Class (W205), the AMG C63 version was the top-performer of its range.
It offered the highest power and the best technology to make a luxury car goes faster.
The C63 AMG was the most successful model of AMG vehicles. The second generation lost the naturally aspirated V8 in favor of a twin-turbo 4.0-liter engine. Unlike its rival, the M3, it was built to offer more comfort and a similar level of performance.
When compared with its siblings from the C-Class, it featured a more aggressive styling. The wide and short grille with the big badge supported by the twin-aluminum wings, the huge side-scoops in the front fender that left little room for the middle air-intake were all part of the game. The car had to look aggressive but, in the meantime, its aerodynamic was with a purpose. A chromed “V8 BITURBO” chromed badge was installed on each of the front fenders. The rear of the car featured a new design for the bumper and a diffuser, plus four chromed exhausts.
Inside there were sport-bucket seats for the front passengers and fitted with all the modern technology for the comfort of its occupants. The instrument cluster featured two round analog dials with a carbon-fiber background. Between the binocular look of the gauges, there was a small TFT display for the on-board computer. The rear seats were profiled for two passengers. A panoramic roof was offered as an option.
Under the hood, the C63 was offered in two versions: C63 and C63S. Both featured special suspension with adaptive dampers and the AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed sports transmission. The dynamic engine mounts were fitted as standard on the more powerful C63S and offered as an option for the non-S version.
Mercedes-AMG introduced a facelift for the C43 lineup at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show and granted better performances for the premium German sedan.
After AMG became a separate brand and introduced new models, which Mercedes-Benz did not share, it continued working on the regular cars built by the three-pointed-star brand from Stuttgart. The C43 was just one good example.
The fourth generation of the C-Class started its career in 2014 and, four years later, it went through a mid-life cycle refresh. The AMG clothes sported the twin-louver design on the grille with the big star in the middle. Its front bumper featured a big grille at the bottom and two side scoops. The refreshed headlights, with smoked interior and a single LED line for the daytime running lights, were specific for the AMG lineup. In the back, the vehicle received new signature taillights with an LED C-letter inside. Under the bumper, AMG installed two round twin exhausts to complete the aggressive package.
Inside, the carmaker added more carbon-fiber trims on the center stack, door panels, and center console. At the front, the C43 featured high-bolstered bucket-seats clad in Artico man-made leather. The rear bench was profiled for two passengers. It was AMG’s way to tell that it’s a four-seat car, and the third rear passenger should be a kid, at most.
Under the hood, the 3.0-liter V-6 engine received 23 hp and reached a maximum of 390 hp. It was paired to a 9-speed automatic (dual-clutch) gearbox and sent the power to all corners via a rear-biased 4Matic all-wheel-drive system.
After Mercedes-Benz decided to make the AMG a different brand, it renamed all of its AMG-based vehicles, and the former C450 AMG became C43.
Mercedes-AMG had to increase its sales figures, and for that, it needed a vehicle with a lower price. But it didn’t do that by just renaming a common version of the C-Class. It took the hard way and created a new vehicle. The C43 sat between the regular C-Class and the C63 AMG, and it tried to attain a balance between performance and price.
From the outside, there were specific design cues for the C43. At the front, it featured the specific “diamond” 3D grille with silver spots and a horizontal bar to support the three-pointed star in the middle. On the lower side, the grille was painted in silver. From the sides, it didn’t feature the same flared arches as its more powerful brother. In the rear, the quad exhaust pipes were discretely masked next to the silver splitter. To complete the subtle design changes, AMG installed a lip-spoiler on the trunk-lid.
Inside, the AMG unleashed its imagination and created a sport-oriented cabin with sport-bucket seats at the front. It installed carbon-fiber trims, and sport-bucket seats enhanced the sporty look. The aluminum paddle-shifters behind the flat-bottom steering wheel completed the race-inspired elements.
Under the hood, AMG installed a 3.0-liter, twin-turbo engine. It was paired as standard to a newly developed 9-speed automatic gearbox and sent the power to all corners.