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PostHeaderIcon Comparison: 2019 Volvo S60 vs. 2019 Mercedes C-Class

Launched in conjunction with the grand opening of Volvo’s new manufacturing plant in South Carolina, the third-generation S60 compact executive four-door brings a host of fresh features to make it competitive in the segment. However, Mercedes-Benz commands a strong position here as well thanks to it’s best-selling C-Class, which recently received an update for the 2019 model year at the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show. So then – which is the better buy? To find out, we put them side by side and dived into the specs.

Continue reading for the full comparison.

PostHeaderIcon What Do we Know About the New Mercedes-AMG C53?

We have been hearing stories and unfounded reports about AMG working on hybridization for a decade now. It wasn’t until the unveiling of that mad Mercedes-AMG Project One with a hybrid system, that we figured out just how serious the Affalterbach speed gurus were. As AMG CEO, Tobias Moers once said, “We cannot change the future. And the future does bear the name of electricity.” Now, I am telling you all this because only days ago, Mercedes-AMG registered a new trademark at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). It is an AMG – the C 53. And it will, by all indicators, be a hybrid.

PostHeaderIcon What Do we Know About the New Mercedes-AMG C53?

We have been hearing stories and unfounded reports about AMG working on hybridization for a decade now. It wasn’t until the unveiling of that mad Mercedes-AMG Project One with a hybrid system, that we figured out just how serious the Affalterbach speed gurus were. As AMG CEO, Tobias Moers once said, “We cannot change the future. And the future does bear the name of electricity.” Now, I am telling you all this because only days ago, Mercedes-AMG registered a new trademark at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). It is an AMG – the C 53. And it will, by all indicators, be a hybrid.

PostHeaderIcon Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet

The Mercedes-Benz C-Class was first introduced in the early ‘90s as a replacement for the outgoing 190 range of vehicles, offering customers an entry-level compact packed with high-end three-pointed star luxury. In the time since, the C-Class has grown to become Merc’s best-selling nameplate, with a plethora of model variants on the table to entice a swath of different customers. However, those looking for maximum headspace are encouraged to check out the drop-top cabriolet model, which just saw a refresh for the current fourth-generation W205 at the 2018 New York International Auto Show. Dropping alongside the new hard-top coupe, the latest C-Class Cab gets many of the same upgrades as the four-door and wagon that debuted before it, including a tweaked exterior style, new digital options for the interior, and extra ponies under the hood.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet.

PostHeaderIcon The C-Class Won’t Get Mercedes’ New MBUX Infotainment System from the A-Class Until the Next-Gen Model is Born

The Mercedes-Benz C-Class is classified as a facelifted model, but it might as well be an all-new one. It has a new front grille, updated powertrains, and a new electrical architecture. It even has 25,000 new components, which is a lot for an all-new model, let alone one that’s in the middle of its life cycle. What it doesn’t have, though, is the automaker’s new Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) infotainment system.

PostHeaderIcon Mercedes-AMG C 63 Coupe

If you’re looking for classy entry-level luxury with a three-pointed star on the nose, look no further than the Mercedes-Benz C-Class. Initially making the scene in 2007, the C-Class got its first AMG model variant in 2008. These days, the C-Class is the brand’s top-selling nameplate, with the AMG versions bolstering sales numbers as a more accessible gateway to the high-performance Mercedes lifestyle. Like a sports car draped in a luxury suit, the AMG C 63 brings the heat without breaking a sweat, and now, there’s an updated version headed to dealers offering tweaked exterior style, the latest cabin tech, and a little extra under the hood.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2019 Mercedes-AMG C63 Coupe.

PostHeaderIcon Mercedes-AMG Introduces New C 63 Lineup, And It’s Bringing The Heat To The BMW M3

With the 2018 New York Auto Show just hours from getting underway, Mercedes-AMG is jumping the gun a bit and introducing its new C 63 lineup, giving us the full rundown on the refreshed four-door, coupe, convertible, and wagon body styles. Included in the announcement is a complete list of specs for both the base model and the go-faster S version, both of which are looking like they might have what it takes to bring the fight to BMW and the vaunted M3.

Continue reading for the full story.

PostHeaderIcon Mercedes to Join Volvo, Cadillac, and Porsche in the Car Subscription Business with the “Mercedes me Flexperience” Subscription Program

Mercedes-Benz is joining a host of other automakers in offering a new kind of ownership experience that will allow customers to drive the car of their dreams without actually owning them. Just like Volvo, Cadillac, and Porsche, the German automaker is in the final stages of developing a pilot program for a flat-rate vehicle subscription service, called “Mercedes me Flexperience.” The goal of this is service is to offer an alternative way to “owning” a Mercedes without actually having to buy it outright. The program is already available in a few countries, but it could also find its way into the U.S. as early as this year.

PostHeaderIcon Wallpaper of the Day: 2019 Mercedes-AMG C43 Coupe

It’s barely been out 24 hours and we’re still sifting through all of the new images. So many are wallpaper worthy that we couldn’t choose just one, we chose three. And, there’s a huge gallery below with even more wallpaper goodness. Download one, or download them all and put them on slideshow mode – It’s up to you!

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PostHeaderIcon 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe And Cab Unveiled

Mercedes-Benz just unveiled its latest AMG C43 Coupeand Cabmodels ahead of their official debut in the Big Apple.

The exterior gains a new twin-louver AMG grille and tweaked fascia styling, as well as updates to the bumper and chrome tailpipes. There are also new AMG wheels in the corners, which were optimized to better cut through the atmosphere at speed.

Moving to the cabin, there’s an optional 12.3-inch fully digital cockpit display and an AMG steering wheel to help drivers get a grip, with Dynamica microfiber and aluminum making the materials list. The optional AMG Performance seats will help hold passengers in place, while the Cab model gets an AirScarf neck heater as standard.

Further customization options include the choice between ash, walnut, and oak trim, as well as that good ‘ole go-to composite, carbon fiber.

An AMG-tuned turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 powerplant resides under the hood, with output rated at 385 horsepower. That’s 23 horses more than before, by the way. Torque goes unchanged at 384 pound-feet between 2,500 and 5,000 rpm. Properly applied, the run to 60 mph takes around 4.5 seconds, while top speed is electronically limited at 130 mph.

A nine-speed automatic transmission and AMG Performance 4Matic AWD system with rear torque-bias rounds out the drivetrain. Adaptive dampers arrive as standard spec, as does AMG speed-sensitive steering.

The fresh C now heads to the 2018 New York International Auto Show to strut its stuff in the metal. Sales will kick off later this year.

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Read our full review on the 2019 Mercedes-AMG C43.

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PostHeaderIcon Mercedes-AMG C43

Mercedes-Benz first introduced the C-Class nameplate in 1993 for the 1994 model year, offering it up as a compact luxury replacement for the outgoing 190 E. Since then, the C-Class has grown to become the most popular model in the Merc stable, no doubt thanks in part to sales of the pumped-up performance-oriented versions from AMG, which include the 43 series that launched in 2015. Now, there’s a refresh on the table for the go-faster C-Class, and it’s bringing extra power and new tech to the fight.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2019 Mercedes-AMG C43.

2019 Mercedes-AMG C43 Exterior

  • Multiple body styles offered
  • Revised styling to make it more AMG
  • Revised bumpers front and back
  • LED lighting for headlights and taillights
  • Aero-efficient wheel designs
  • 18- and 19-inch wheel sizing
  • Optional AMG styling package

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“The 2019 model year AMG C43 brings a freshened look that Merc hopes will set apart from its lesser, un-AMG’d brethren.”

While the most popular body style for the AMG C43 is undoubtedly the four-door sedan (or “saloon” for our overseas readers), Merc also offers the model in a wagon (otherwise known as an “estate”) and two-door convertible (or “cabriolet”), giving buyers a number of different ways to enjoy this entry-level AMG experience.

Moving onto the 2019 model year, the AMG C43 brings with it a fresh look that Merc hopes will help establish it more firmly as an AMG model, setting it apart from its lesser, un-AMG’d brethren.

The updated exterior includes a new grille with a twin-louvre design, with the dividers finished in a matte iridium silver. There are new bumpers as well, both front and rear, with additional flics added to the front bumper to spice things up a bit.

Revised side curtains help direct the flow of air around the car more efficiently, while silver chrome detailing adds an extra splash of premium appeal. LED lighting is used for the headlights and the taillights.


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“Moving around to the rear of the vehicle, there’s an updated rear bumper that gains a revised diffuser element and new side air curtains.”

Moving around to the rear of the vehicle, there are twin rounded tailpipes with a high-gloss chrome finish. The updated rear bumper also gains a revised diffuser element and new side air curtains, while a body-painted trunk lid spoiler finishes it off.

Buyers can go for more aggression with the optional AMG styling package, which throws in a new front splitter and spoiler lip, bigger side skirts, and a sharper rear bumper, all of which is finished in high-gloss black.

Also new for the 2019 model year are the freshly redesigned AMG-specific wheels, which now come with aero-optimized features to help them cut through the atmosphere with a bit more ease. This includes new outer rings and a revised spoke geometry, both of which were shaped in the wind tunnel to increase aero efficiency. Merc also says the wheels seek to find “the optimum combination of aerodynamics, weight and brake cooling, together with maximum performance and reduced fuel consumption.”


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“The two aero-optimized rim designs come as standard spec with a five twin-spoke design in tremolite grey and a high-sheen finish”

The wheels once again enjoy a lightweight alloy construction. The two aero-optimized rim designs come as standard spec with a five twin-spoke design in tremolite grey and a high-sheen finish. Sizing is measured at 7.5 inches by 18 inches in front with a 225/45R18 tire, plus 8.5 inches by 18 inches and 245/40R18 tire in the rear.

The other wheel option also comes with a five twin-spoke design, plus a tantalite grey color and either a high-gloss black or matte-black color in a high-sheen finish. Sizing is measured at 7.5 inches by 19 inches in front with a 225/40R19 tire in front, and 8.5 inches by 19 inches with a 255/35R19 tire in the rear.

2019 Mercedes-AMG C43 Interior

  • Same general layout as before
  • Leather, carbon fiber, and aluminum throughout
  • Black headliner, red seatbelts
  • Multiple color options
  • Wood trim options
  • Optional AMG Performance seats
  • New AMG steering wheel
  • Touch-sensitive controls
  • Optional 12.3-inch gauge cluster
  • Loads of performance data to sift through
  • “Energizing comfort control”

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“Inside, you still get a healthy mix of both performance cues and luxury in equal amounts throughout.”

Inside the 2019 Mercedes-AMG C43, the cabin layout doesn’t change a whole lot. You still get the same broad center console and copious horizontal design features, mixing both performance cues and luxury in equal amounts throughout.

Materials include leather upholstery, Dinamica microfiber coverings, and aluminum trim pieces. You can also get yours with Artico man-made leather or Dinamica microfiber finished in black with red contrast stitching, with the color combo added to the door panels and the dash.

The trim pieces arrive in a piano black lacquer finish and a light longitudinal-grain aluminum. There’s also plenty of carbon fiber and fiberglass with a matte silver finish, which is traditional flair for an AMG model. Up top is a black roof liner, while red seat belts add some color. Drivers will enjoy the aluminum sport pedals, which get black rubber studs for added grip.

Color options include leather in either all black, black with red contrast stitching, cranberry red with black, or saddle brown with black.

The Individualization options are numerous. There’s trim in an anthracite open-pore oak wood, as well as open-pore walnut for the doors and open-pore ash wood for the center console.

Spring for the Designo range, and you’ll be able to get into upholstery with handsome diamond quilting and a saddle brown with black color combo. There’s also a white pearl and a black color option, both of which can be added to the AMG Performance seats if desired (more on those in a second).


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“New for the 2019 model year is an updated AMG steering wheel, which is covered in nappa leather and features a contoured rim, flat bottom, and a red top center mark.”

New for the 2019 model year is an updated AMG steering wheel. Standout features include a contoured rim, flat bottom, perforated grips, and a red top center mark. The performance wheel is covered in nappa leather as standard, while the gearshift paddles are made from galvanized metal. The wheel is also optional in a nappa leather and Dynamica microfibre combo, or with nappa leather and black piano lacquer trim.

The thumb-length Touch Control buttons on the wheel are new for the model as well. These take a swiping motion for inputs control of the various features displayed on
the instrument cluster and infotainment system. Further inputs are made courtesy of the touchpad and controller on the center console and voice command feature.

Buyers looking to up the performance potential of their Merc even further can select the optional AMG Performance seats for extended bolstered lateral support. These up-rated sitters come with the option for adjustable side bolsters that can be either inflated or deflated thanks to the built-in air cushions. They also come with integrated head restraints, an optional heating feature, and optional leather upholstery as well.

In terms of uprated tech stuff, the 2019 Mercedes-AMG C43 gets the option for a fully digital cockpit and AMG display, much like the Merc S-Class. This provides an exceptionally large digital readout behind the steering wheel, with a multiple display settings on hand, including “Classic,” “Sport,” and “Supersport.”


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“The C43 provides a plethora of information at a touch, such as temps for the engine oil, turbo boost pressure, and the variable exhaust noise settings.”

The C43 provides a plethora of information at a touch, such as temps for the engine and transmission oil, turbo boost pressure, the current drive system settings, the suspension settings, the variable exhaust noise settings, the electronic stability control, and the transmission settings, as well as more standard car info like the current road speed and the gear selected. There’s even an animated display of the driving assistance systems, and the vehicle and communication systems. Autonomous systems include Active Distance Assist and cruise control.

Further performance data is provided by a G-Force meter, plus there’s a race timer with lap times, average speed, distance covered, current engine torque, and horsepower levels.

Standard spec throws in a 7-inch display with a resolution of 960 by 540 pixels. Alternatively, buyers can upgrade to a new 10.25-inch display, which is larger than last time. The larger screen comes with a high-definition resolution of 1920 by 720 pixels, and comes bundled as standard with the Comand Online package, or as an option for the Audio 20 GPS system. A heads-up display rounds it all out.

Finally, the C43 comes with the option for “Energizing comfort control,” which networks a variety of onboard systems and their functionalities to offer a more cohesive comfort experience. Air conditioning, seat heating and ventilation, lighting, and even the music selection work together to create more comfort in the cabin.

2019 Mercedes-AMG C43 Drivetrain

  • Twin-turbo 3.0-liter V-6
  • Bigger turbos make 16 psi of boost
  • 23 more horsepower, up to 390 hp total
  • Torque static at 384 pound-feet
  • 0 to 60 mph in less than 5 seconds
  • Nine-speed automatic gearbox
  • Manual shifting mode
  • Rear-biased AWD

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“Under the hood, Merc mounts a twin-turbo 3.0-liter V-6 engine that makes more power, consumes less fuel, and produces fewer emissions.”

Take a peek under the hood of the 2019 Mercedes-AMG C43 and you’ll find a standard AMG engine cover, complete with the traditional AMG badging and red aluminum inserts. Under the cover, Merc mounts a twin-turbo 3.0-liter V-6 engine, the same lump offered in the previous model year. This time around though, the engine makes more power, consumes less fuel, and produces fewer emissions.

The big update in the powertrain department is the new pair of turbos, which are larger this time around, making a maximum of 1.1 bar (16 psi) of boost. Once again, Mercedes mounts the turbos close to the engine, which helps to reduce spool time when digging into the loud pedal. Power sees a jump, with peak output rated at 390 horsepower, an increase of 23 horses overall. Torque remains unchanged, with a maximum of 520 Nm (384 pound-feet) created between 2,500 and 5,000 rpm.

Properly motivated, the 2019 Mercedes-AMG C43 sedan can sprint from 0 to 62 mph in 4.7 seconds, while the wagon takes a bit longer at 4.8 seconds. The top speed is electronically limited at 250 km/h (155 mph).

As for efficiency, the C43 drinks 9.1 liters of fuel per 100 km traveled (or 26 mpg), while combined emissions come to 214 grams per km.

Making the connection to the engine is an AMG SpeedShift TCT 9G automatic gearbox, which now offers quicker shift times. It’s also got a multiple-downshift feature and double-declutching function, plus multiple driving modes such as “Sport” and “Sport+.” For those who wish to have a more hands-on approach to the cog swaps, the nine-speed comes with a manual mode that won’t automatically upshift when you hit the redline. Switching to manual mode is indicated by a yellow M in the display.

The C43 is offered with Merc’s 4Matic AWD for the drive configuration. In addition to extra grip, this rear-biased system distributes torque with a 31/69 front-to-rear split, which should make it handle much sportier than a straight 50/50 split. Standout features include a single-stage transfer case that’s flange-mounted to the transmission as a separate system, which helps it to offer more variable torque splitting without compromising interior space.

2019 Mercedes-AMG Chassis And Handling

  • Multiple drive modes
  • New “Slippery” drive mode
  • Variable steering assist
  • Standard adaptive dampers
  • Loads of track-oriented components

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“The 2019 model year adds a new driving mode dubbed “Slippery,” and is indicated by a snowflake symbol in the display.”

While it certainly has the power to back its claim to sporting intentions, the 2019 C43 also has the right stuff to help it handle like a proper AMG should. It all starts with a four-link front axle and independent multilink in the rear, with the AMG tuning adding in extra high-camber stability for high-speed chops. There’s also an axial brake connection for the front.

In terms of electronic aides, the C43 comes with a selection of different drive modes, including “Comfort,” “Sport,” “Sport+,” and “Individual,” all of which modify the settings for the engine, transmission, suspension, and steering. The 2019 model year also adds a new mode – “Slippery,” as indicated by a snowflake symbol. As you might expect, this modifies the power levels to maximize grip in low-traction, snow-covered conditions.

There’s also adjustable dampers with AMG Ride Control equipped as standard. These components are electronically controlled and fully automatic, and come matched to steel springs. The system can make adjustments to each wheel individually, as needed. The user can also modify the system settings manually using a switch on the center console, choosing between “Comfort,” “Sport,” and “Sport+.”

Up next is AMG-tuned speed-sensitive steering with a variable ratio, offering less assistance at high speeds and more assistance at lower speeds. This makes the luxury sedan easier to drive around parking lots with its extra assistance, and more communicative when driving fast. The assistance level is also dependent on the driving mode selected, with more feedback obviously added for the sportier settings.


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“For anyone who doubts the C43’s performance potential, there’s ample opportunities to prove it thanks to the included data logger system.”

And for anyone who doubts the C43’s performance potential, there’s ample opportunities to prove it thanks to the included data logger system. This was designed specifically for those owners looking to take their ride to the track, incorporating something called an AMG Track Pace app that acts like a virtual race engineer.

Offered as an option for the Command Online infotainment system package, this system records vitals like speed and acceleration numbers, collecting a multitude of parameters at a rate of ten times per second. It’ll also record your lap times and even individual sector times for easy reference, highlighting specific data points in either green or red so you can quickly and easily discern where you are fast and where you are slow. Performance data like your 0 to 62 mph time, quarter mile time, and 62 mph to 0 braking times are all on hand.

To capture all that, the app uses onboard GPS data, as well as an onboard accelerometer, gyroscope, steering angles, and wheel speeds. The system even comes pre-loaded with layouts of well-known race tracks for your own reference, such as the Nurburgring. You can also record your own circuits if it your favorite track isn’t already included on the C43, then upload the data directly to social media as proof for your boasting.

Finally, the C43 should tip the scales at around 3,750 pounds – not exactly lightweight, but not as heavy as other luxury sedans in the segment.

2019 Mercedes-AMG C43 Prices


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While there is no exact pricing announced as of yet, the 2019 Mercedes-AMG C43 is expected to slot in around the same as the 2018 model, which currently starts at $53,400. Look for it to arrive in dealers by the end of the year.

2019 Mercedes-AMG C43 Competition

Audi S4


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If Mercedes makes it, you can rest assured Audi has some competition for it. In this case, the C43 lines up against the S4, which arrives on the scene sporting a turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 making as much as 354 horsepower and 368 pound-feet of torque. Despite the power gap to the Merc, the Audi is just as quick, hitting 62 mph in about 4.7 seconds. A standard quattro AWD system makes it grip with tenacity, while the latest tech keeps it safe. The interior is also quite nice, with an 8.3-inch screen sitting pretty on top of the dash.

Read our full review on the 2017 – 2018 Audi S4.

Infiniti Q50 Red Sport 400


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If you’re looking to get away from the Teutonic status quo, then Infiniti has just what you need with the latest Q50. It certainly looks unique when placed next to the Merc and Audi thanks to its curving front end and big bold chrome strips around the grille. Under the hood is yet another 3.0-liter V-6, this time producing a whopping 400 horses and 350 pound-feet of torque. You can alternatively get into a 3.5-liter V-6 hybrid, if that’s more your speed. Top-shelf materials and cutting-edge tech round it out in the interior.

Read our full review on the 2018 Infiniti Q50 Red Sport 400.

Conclusion


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“When it comes to pumped-up luxury four-doors, the C43 is pretty much the benchmark.”

When it comes to pumped-up luxury four-doors, the C43 is pretty much the benchmark. Merc knows that, and as such, the C43 is offered in an impressive four different body styles, three output levels, and two drive types.

When it comes to this refresh, it’s pretty much exactly what we’d expect from Mercedes, and that’s a good thing. The extra power is always appreciated, while the interior goods bring the model in line with everything else in the German automaker’s stable. The high-end performance gear (lap timer, etc.) are a little strange for such an expensive (not to mention heavy) sedan, but we aren’t gonna dock it for that.

All told, the C43 has what it takes to stand tall in this segment, and this latest refresh underlines that fact.

  • Leave it
    • * Several alternatives in the segment
    • * Will anyone really take this to the track?
    • * Optional equipment can make it a bit pricey

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PostHeaderIcon Wallpaper of the Day: 2019 Mercedes-AMG C43

The new, go-faster, AMG-Powered C-Class is here, and it’s only fitting that we give it a proper display in our Wallpaper of the Day series. There’s quite a few to choose from, so if you don’t like our pick, there’s plenty in the gallery below. Go ahead, spruce up that desktop 😉

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PostHeaderIcon 2019 Mercedes-AMG C43 Debuts In Geneva, And It’s A Classic Mercedes Refresh

The AMG C43 is a great choice for anyone looking to get into the Affalterbach lifestyle without the usual auctioning off of vital organs. Now, there’s a new model dropping in Switzerland, and it looks to be a classic Mercedes refresh.

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The Full Story


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“Some brands are better at the art of the refresh than others, and Mercedes is arguably one of the best. The 2019 AMG C43 is a prime example.”

Keeping an older model feeling as fresh as possible without putting a ton of work into it is a special art. Some brands are better at it than others, and Mercedes is arguably one of the best.

Let’s take a look at the 2019 AMG C43 as an example. At a little over $50,000, this pumped-up C-Class is definitely desirable and sporty, but it isn’t quite as insane as some of the other AMG models. Rather, this is a model that must exhibit all the usual AMG characteristics (aggressive styling, luxurious yet performance-capable interior, and a solid wallop under the hood), but without going so far off into the deep end as to make it unobtainable to average folks. Think of it as entry-level AMG lifestyle stuff.


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“To that end, the AMG C43 once again comes equipped with a 3.0-liter V-6 stuffed by two turbochargers.”

To that end, the AMG C43 once again comes equipped with a 3.0-liter V-6 stuffed by two turbochargers. This time around though, the tune was tweaked to yield a maximum of 385 horsepower and 384 pound-feet of torque. While the latter figure is unchanged compared to the outgoing model, the power increase represents an extra 23 horses compared to the old C43’s 362 horsepower.

And that’s perfect for a refresh like this – enough to grab some headlines, but definitely still within the realm of a simple engine tune. The engineers probably knocked it out in a few weekends.

Once again, the 2019 AMG C43 connects the six-cylinder with a nine-speed automatic transmission and 4Matic AWD system with rear-biased torque distribution.
The 0-to-60 mph run is done in 4.6 seconds, while 130 mph is achieved in the top end. Still impressive, but nothing that breaks from the outgoing model.

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The same can be said of the exterior. The look is technically new, but not terribly different in any one way. For example, the grille gets double divider lines finished in silver, while the wheel designs (sizing ranges between 18 and 19 inches in diameter) are fresh as well. Further sub-divisions can be found in the corner intakes. LED lighting is standard, while circular exhaust tips replace the outgoing model’s squared pipes.

Moving inside, we find Merc is offering the right gear to entice customers. There are optional digital gauges, a first for the model, with a 12.3-inch screen behind the steering wheel plucked from higher in the model lineup. Nappa leather once again covers the flat-bottom steering wheel, but the wheel now gets touch-sensitive inputs. Carbon fiber remains the material of choice for the center console. An AMG Dynamic Select module is used for all the different driving modes, with the latest model year adding a “Slippery” driving mode to the usual “Comfort,” “Sport,” etc.


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The latest AMG C43 will debuts in Geneva alongside the rest of the C-Class lineup. Look for even more information as the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show gets rolling this week.

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PostHeaderIcon Comparison: 2017 Mercedes C-Class vs 2018 Mercedes C-Class

When it was unveiled back in 2014, the W205-generation C-Class redefined the premium compact market with its sporty exterior design and exquisite interior layout. Based on the larger S-Class, which was still new back then, the C-Class made the BMW 3 Series and the Audi A4 look old and dated. The fact that the two were three and seven years old in 2014 also helped the C-Class become the king of the luxury compact market instantly. But things have changed since them. Audi launched a new A4 in 2015, while BMW updated the 3 Series for the 2016 model year and it’s getting ready to launch a new-generation model in 2018. The C-Class is no longer that far ahead, so Mercedes gave its four-door a makeover.

On top of the usual exterior design changes, the C-Class was updated with new features and technology inside the cabin. Highlights include a new digital display for all models and a standard seven-inch screen for the lower-spec versions. Mercedes also added touch-sensitive buttons on the steering wheels, and new driver assist features that make the car semi-autonomous, just like in the bigger E-Class and S-Class models. Of course, exterior changes are an important part of a facelift, so let’s see what makes the upgraded model stand out in the comparison below.

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Front

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“The front bumper is described as new, but in reality, it gained minor touches here in there”

It takes a closer look to spot all the little changes, but it’s very common for mid-cycle facelifts to bring mild revisions. Even when we’re talking about Mercedes-Benz. Much like every update of this kind, the changes mostly affect the front and rear fascias. Up front, the C-Class gained new headlamps. They’re basically the same as far as shape and size go, but they were redesigned under the plastic covers. The hockey stick LED daytime running lights are thicker and have been moved closer to the inner edge. The main grille appears to be the same, but now sports the fancy diamond grille on almost every trim.

The front bumper is described as new, but in reality, it gained minor touches here in there. The center vent is a bit wider, while the side intakes are taller, giving the front end a more aggressive look. The car in the photos also sports a couple of horizontal strakes in each of the side vents, but that feature isn’t available on all models. It’s a good improvement overall.

Side

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“There are two new exterior colors: green and silver. Yey!”

This is where you could look at either of the two cars, because it’s exactly what you get not matter if you buy the new 2018 C-Class or a used, pre-facelift model. Nothing has changed aside from the side panels of the front bumper and the fact that the revised sedan comes with new wheel designs. The five-spoke model seen here is definitely cool to look at — I like how the spokes seem to float around the center hub — but again, this is the norm today. Oh, and there are two new exterior colors: green and silver. Yey!

Facelifts rarely change a car’s profile, so we will keep seeing this side view until the next-generation model arrives.

Rear

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“The new, inverted C-shaped LED lights give the sedan a modern look”

If you like noticeable facelifts, you’d better head back to the “Front” section and enjoy those photos a bit more, because the rear end doesn’t have much to offer. If you’re still here, check out the taillights for new features. Fortunately, Mercedes did a good job here. The previous two-unit LED layout was far from inspiring, while the new, inverted C-shaped LED lights give the sedan a modern look. The shape and size of the taillights are the same, but I like these S-Class-inspired units, and I’m glad that Merc kept them. The diffuser-like element is now finished in black, and there’s chrome trim running below the bumper and the big exhaust pipes, but that’s about. Still, it’s a solid upgrade that will keep the model fresh for a couple more years.

References

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PostHeaderIcon 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Unveiled

As if it weren’t already obvious from the vast quantity of examples seen on the road, the current generation of the C-Class compact four-door is officially the German brand’s best-selling model, moving as many as 417,000 units worldwide last year. Now, there’s a new model on the horizon, and it’s promising refreshed goods inside and out.

Let’s start with the stuff outside, where the high-powered AMG-spec’d models make their presence known thanks to a diamond grille fitted in front as standard, plus a new front apron and a rear diffuser for the 2019 model year. The rest of the line includes a bevy of silver and chrome trim, as well as halogen headlights with LED daytime running lights. Options include full-LED headlights, which also include goodies like
“High Performance” elements with an “Ultra Range” high beam. The exterior paint options now throw in shades like Mojave silver metallic and emerald green metallic, while standard 17-inch wheels are found in the corners.

Step inside, and you’ll find an interior layout that looks more or less identical to the outgoing model, but Merc swears it’s updated for 2019, and includes a redesign for the center console. Optional interior materials include open-pore brown walnut trim and open-pore anthracite oak, while new interior color schemes include magma grey and black, plus saddle brown for the AMG line. There’s also a new multi-contour seat package which allows for individually adjustable side bolsters and lumbar support, as well as a massaging effect.

In terms of tech, the new C-Class is offered with a fully digital instrument display taken from the S-Class, and complete with three individual viewing modes. Standard spec throws a 5.5-inch display in between the gauges, but with the full digital option, you get a 12.3-inch screen instead. The center screen on the dash measures in at 7.0 inches as standard, but there’s also a high-resolution 10.25-inch screen if you’re willing to pay a bit more. Further features include touch-sensitive controls on the steering wheel, a Qi wireless phone charging system, and the optional Comand Online navigation system.

Mercedes says the C-Class can “drive semi-autonomously in certain situations,” and includes optional features like Active Distance Assist, Active Lane Change Assist, Active Steering Assist, and Active Emergency Stop Assist. Active Brake Assist is standard.

Motivation is once again derived from a turbo 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, which gets up-rated in the latest 2019 model year to produce as much as 255 horsepower. A 9G-Tronic nine-speed automatic transmission routes the power aft as standard, with AWD offered as an available option.

Pricing will be announced in March when the C-Class makes its formal debut at the Geneva International Motor Show. Look for the first batch to arrive hot off the presses in August.

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PostHeaderIcon Mercedes Is Giving Away An AMG C43 Coupe During The Super Bowl

Do you have a smartphone, a finger, and an astounding amount of free time? Then you could very well win a pumped-up German luxury two-door in Mercedes’ latest promotion.

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The Full Story


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“The German brand is calling it “Last Fan Standing,” and the principle is identical – the last one to keep in contact with the auto takes it home as a prize. However, this time around, the competitors can be anywhere, and every one of them has their finger on their smartphone.”

Some of you out there might be familiar with that old car dealership promotion called “Last Man Standing,” wherein participants would place their hands on a car, and the last person to remain in contact with the auto took it home as a prize. It’s a game of patience and determination and calling into work sick the next day because dammit you’re gonna win this thing, and now, Mercedes is giving us a new digital version.

The German brand is calling it “Last Fan Standing,” and the principle is identical – the last one to keep in contact with the auto takes it home as a prize. However, this time around, the competitors can be anywhere, and every one of them has their finger on their smartphone.

“This new digital version requires players to use their fingers to follow a virtual Mercedes-AMG C43 Coupe around a smartphone screen until their patience or attention gives way,” Merc explains in a press release. “However, the original rules remain the same: lose contact with the car, you’re out. The last person touching the car wins it.”

Participants will be able to monitor their progress thanks to a real-time counter on the screen that displays the number of contestants currently playing the game and how long the game has been going on. To get into the mood, Merc is dropping an interactive training game that’ll help would-be players practice tracking the AMG Merc as it moves across the face of their smartphone.


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“Players who share on Twitter that they're participating are granted a five-minute “timeout” whenever they want.”

Official registration kicks off on game day, Sunday, February 4th, between 12:00 AM and 6:25 PM EST. If you’re interested, visit LastFanStanding.com to check it out. While there, you’ll also be able to find tips and advice on how to win, including phone charging suggestions and how to execute a bathroom break.

Additionally, players who share on Twitter that they’re participating are granted a five-minute “timeout” whenever they want.

The car itself is worth some $63,140, and the lucky winner will also receive roughly 20 grand extra to cover the various taxes and fees. The winner can also choose another Merc model if desired, but it’s unlikely you’ll get your hands on the Project One.

As a reminder, the Mercedes-AMG C43 comes equipped with an AMG-tuned 3.0-liter V-6 stuffed by two turbochargers to produce a total of 362 horsepower and 384 pound-feet of torque. Output is routed through a nine-speed automatic transmission and AWD system, with the 0-to-60 mph sprint completed in 4.6 seconds.

References

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PostHeaderIcon Mercedes-AMG C 63 Estate By Vath

2017 Mercedes-AMG C 63 Estate By Vath

Estate vehicles, or wagons as we like to call them, aren’t supposed to do 211 mph. It’s just one of those things that don’t happen as far as automakers are concerned. But the car tuning world is a different story, and we see a good example of that with Vath’s latest tuning program for the Mercedes-AMG C 63 Estate.

A lot of us are familiar with Vath’s work in the past, especially when it comes to Mercedes-AMG models. It has put in work to develop kits for the AMG SL 65, AMG C 450, and the sedan version of the AMG C 63. Heck, it’s even worked on the previous version of the AMG C 63 Estate. To say that Vath knows what it’s doing with Mercedes-AMG models is an accurate portrayal of the tuner’s abilities, and we see those abilities on full display once again with its new program for the meaty estate. Pick a section of the AMG E 63, and there’s a chance that Vath has something for it. The estate’s exterior? Check. Interior? Check on that too. Drivetrain? You better believe it. There are even “miscellaneous items” on the table, just in case you’re in the mood to get those. This is the kind of comprehensive tuning program that Vath has built its name on. There may be more popular tuning firms in the world out there, but when it comes to quality Mercedes-AMG tunes, few are as consistently good as Vath.

Continue after the jump to read more about the Mercedes-AMG E 63 Estate by Vath

Exterior

  • Front Carbon Spoiler
  • Rear Carbon Spoiler
  • Roof Spoiler in Development
  • 20-inch V2_GT wheels w\ Continental tires
  • Suspension Lowered by .78 – 1.5 inches

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“The carbon aerodynamic pack included in the program adds a front spoiler and a rear diffuser into the body of the car”

If you own a Mercedes-AMG C 63 Estate and you’re looking to give it an aftermarket jolt, this is the kind of program that you’ll need to pay attention to. The exterior, for example, may not look much in the context of a tuning build, but there’s enough of it there to play a significant role in improving the overall makeup of the estate.

For example, the carbon aerodynamic pack included in the program adds a front spoiler and a rear diffuser into the body of the car. A roof spoiler is also being developed at the moment so it’s availability is subject to when the piece will be ready to be offered. The impressions created by the aero kit are hard to notice, I know, but observe the front section of the Vath-tuned AMG C 63 with the standard model. Notice the slight difference?

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It’s the same story in the rear section of the performance estate as the new diffuser help make for a more dynamic-looking profile. Complementing the carbon aero kit is a set of 20-inch alloy wheels that are wrapped in a set of Continental tires.

Interior

  • Floor mats in Black Velor w\ Silver Vath logo
  • New Speedometer reads 360 kph

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Note: Mercedes-AMG C63 Estate pictured here.

There’s not much going on in the interior of the AMG C 63 Estate, but unlike some tuners who prefer to keep the upgrades in this section to nada, Vath does offer spankin’ new floor mats as part of the whole package. Likewise, a new speedometer is also on the catalog, one that’s dialed up to 360 km/h (224 mph) to better reflect the estate’s new performance capabilities, which I’m about to get into.

Drivetrain

  • Mercedes 4.0-liter, Biturbo, V-8
  • Tuned to 700 HP & 664 LB-FT (190 hp and 148 lb-ft more than stock)
  • 0-to-60 in 3.3 seconds (supercar acceleration)
  • Top speed unlocked to 211 mph (the same as a Porsche 911 GT2 RS)
  • Vath Turbo with stock electronic tuning
  • Custom exhaust with new downpipe (115 x 85 mm)
  • Vath oil cooler for engine and transmission
  • Vath Brake Optimization (racing brake fluid, steel braided lines, and sport brake pads)

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“The car delivers 700 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque – or 190 horsepower and 148 pound-feet more than standard”

If you’re going to end up paying for the steep price of this program (more on that later), this is the section where you’re going to see most of your money go. Not that it’s a bad thing because Vath did yeoman’s work on the AMG C 63 Estate’s 4.0-liter biturbo V-8 engine to get its output up to supercar levels. The meal ticket item in this entire program is Vath’s power pack, which is largely responsible for getting performance hauler’s output to a staggering 700 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque. Do a little subtracting, and that equates to output gains in the amount of 190 horsepower and 148 pound-feet of twist. Impressive, right? Well, it gets better.

The extra horses provided by the said power pack helps the AMG C 63 Estate uncork a sprint-to-60-mph time of just 3.3 seconds. 3.3 seconds for an estate! Not only is that time 0.8 seconds quicker than its standard counterpart, but it also falls in the range of established sports cars like the Lamborghini Huracan LP 580-2, the Porsche 911 Targa 4S, and the McLaren 540C. In case you’re wondering, these cars are regarded as entry-level supercars. That’s the kind of performance mark you get with this Vath-tuned Mercedes-AMG C 63 Estate.


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“The extra horses provided by the said power pack helps the AMG C 63 Estate uncork a sprint-to-60-mph time of just 3.3 seconds”

And if that’s not enough, the German tuner also did away with the top speed limiter installed by Mercedes-AMG. Rejoice then because the car’s top speed isn’t limited to just 155 mph, nor is it capped at 180 mph with the optional AMG Driver’s Package. The actual number is well beyond my own imagination as the estate is said to be capable of hitting 211 mph with the whole tuning kit in place. You know which sports car also sports the same top speed? The Porsche 911 GT2 RS. How’s that for perspective.

Outside of the sensational power pack, Vath is also offering a custom exhaust system as part of this program. It’s a little pricey (again, more on that later), but it should be good enough to supply that raspy roar when all that power is on display.

Suspension


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In keeping with its goal of providing a comprehensive tuning program for the AMG C 63 Estate, Vath is also offering suspension upgrades in the form of a suspension lowering kit and upgraded brakes. Nothing speaks to a car’s desire to be totally lethal and drivable at the same time than having that suspension lowering kit installed.

Pricing


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It always seems that as impressive as a tuning package is, the biggest factor surrounding it always has to do with the price. It’s a similar case with this program from Vath because if you’re interested in getting it, you’re going to have to pay at least €21,420 for it. That converts to just under $25,000 based on current exchange rates. A quick breakdown of the prices of some of the individual pieces can be seen in the table below.

Item Price (€) Price ($)
Power kit €12,800 $15,000
Custom exhaust system €3,440 $4,000
Continental tires €3,050 $3,500
Speedometer €2,130 $2,500

Notice that I said “at least”? That’s because certain elements of the kit don’t have prices attached to them, so if you’re preparing to spend for this kit, do so under the assumption that your costs could go up to about €30,000, or a shade under $35,000.

Competition

Mercedes-AMG C 63 Estate “Rottweiller” by Piecha


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As surprising as it sounds, the tuning world actually has a soft spot for the Mercedes-AMG C 63 Estate as a number of other tuners have developed aftermarket programs for the car. One recent one to do it was Piecha Design, another tuner noted for its Mercedes kits. It may not have attained the same power gains as Vath did – “only” 612 horsepower and 620 pound-feet of torque – but it sure did make up for it with a pretty cosmetic package highlighted by sporty graphics, including a two-color racing stripe that runs the length of the wagon and a purposeful aero kit that’s made up of a new front spoiler lip, side skirts, and a roof-edge spoiler made from glass-fibre reinforced plastic.

Read our full review on the Mercedes-AMG C 63 Estate “Rottweiller” by Piecha.

Conclusion


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It’s hard to point to the one thing that makes this program stand out because a few of the elements being offered have appeal in them. But in the end, this kit being offered by Vath for the Mercedes-AMG C 63 Estate is defined by the power upgrade, and on that end, there aren’t a lot of programs that can compete with what the German tuner is offering. I mean, 700 horsepower for an estate, even a performance-oriented one at that, is insane on all fronts. But Vath made it happen so if you have any interest to get the program, do so with a full amount of confidence…and then let us know about it afterward. We’d gladly hear stories about how a 700-horsepower AMG C 63 Estate runs.

  • Leave it
    • Pricey
    • Not enough variety
    • Other options available

References

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PostHeaderIcon High Rollin’: Five Sports Cars You Can Buy For Less Than The Price Of Tires for the Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo

Remember the Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo Concept? I’m sure most of you do because it’s on the short list of most incredible reveals in 2017. It’s essentially a more hardcore version of the Bugatti Chiron, and there’s only one of its kind in the world. Yes, it’s a legitimate one-of-one. It also happens to be super expensive and in the short life that it’s had, it’s already been owned by two people. Prince Badr bin Saud of Saudi Arabia was the hypercar’s original owner, who bought it from Bugatti for an undisclosed sum that’s rumored to be in the ten-figure range. It didn’t take long, though, for the Vision GT Concept to change owners as the one-off has found its way to the US courtesy of its new owner in Los Angeles.

As important as those things are, I’m here to talk about a startling discovery about the Vision Gran Turismo, and as some of you might expect, that “discovery” is related to its tires. Apparently – prepare to sit down for this one – a new set of tires for the Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo costs $93,000. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, that’s $93,000. No typos. No misprints. No nothing. $93,000 for a set of tires.

Granted, it’s not out of the ordinary for the tires of Bugatti’s supercars to fetch insane amounts. A set of brand-new tires for the Veyron, for example, costs around $50,000 and a similar set for the all-new Chiron is actually a bargain at just over $40,000. But the Vision GT Concept trumps both of them, and it’s not even close. The price for a set of new tires for the concept is so preposterous that I’ve actually managed to come up with a list of sports cars that you can buy brand new for less than the price of the Vision GT’s tires. This is the auto world we live in now, folks. Love it or hate it, there’s no denying that it’s dripping in absurdity.

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Lexus LC 500


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Let’s start with a little Japanese flavor courtesy of Lexus and its newest GT sportster, the LC 500. There’s a lot to love about the LC 500, and it all starts with its looks. It may not be for everyone, but the striking styling dynamics of the LC 500 means that it’s a magnet for attention. It also features a well-prepared 5.0-liter V-8 that produces 467 horsepower and 389 pound-feet of torque. All that power is then sent to the rear wheels courtesy of a newly developed Aisin 10-speed automatic transmission, which in turn allows the LC500 to hit 60 mph from an idle position in just 4.3 seconds before setting off on a top speed run that could peak at about 180 mph. I’m not as giddy about the fact that the model starts at $92,975, but at that price, you’re still looking at one of the best GT sports cars in the world. Don’t believe me? Take one out for a spin, and you’ll be shocked at how remarkably crisp and agile it is for a Lexus. I know from experience.

Read our full article on the 2018 Lexus LC 500.

Mercedes-AMG C 63


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From one of Japan’s finest sports cars to one of the most established sports cars from Germany comes the Mercedes-AMG C 63. Some of you are probably wondering why I chose the AMG C 63 in favor of something like the AMG E 63 S. The latter, for one, clocks in at a price of just over $100,000 so it doesn’t qualify in comparing it to the $93,000 it costs for the Vision Gran Turismo’s four tires. The important answer though is pretty simple: value for your money. This is what the AMG C 63 has over its E 63 counterpart. Not only does it boast of AMG’s famous 5.5-liter, biturbo, V-8 engine, it’s also good enough to produce 503 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. Those numbers are good enough to post a 4.0-second sprint to 60 mph. And, with features like a three-stage stability control system, an electronic limited-slip differential, and brake-based torque vectoring, it’s hard to think of the AMG C 63 as a run-off-the-mill sports car. It’s far from one, to be exact, and with a price that starts at $81,775, it’s a huge steal relative to what it’s capable of doing.

Read our full review on the 2017 Mercedes-AMG C 63.

Chevrolet Corvette Z06


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I can’t imagine how four pieces of tires can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in three seconds by themselves. Can you see that happening? I didn’t think so. That shouldn’t be a problem though for the Chevrolet Corvette Z06, regarded today as the most powerful road-going Corvette ever built. It may be a sports car by segment definition, but rest assured, it packs supercar-like powers, thanks in large part to a 6.2-liter supercharged V-8 engine that packs a meaty 650 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque. Not only does it rival the power produced by models like the McLaren 650S and the Ferrari 488 GTB, but it also costs just $83,995 in its base trim. Go for the whole enchilada and you’re looking at a price that approaches $100,000. The loaded version of the Corvette Z06 may be a little more expensive than the Bugatti Vision GT’s tires, but the things you can do with the ‘Vette – specially with that manual transmission in tow – far outpoints anything you can do with the Vision GT’s tires.

Read our full review on the 2017 Chevrolet Corvette Z06.

Cadillac CTS-V


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Let’s continue with the American performance car theme and present to you one of the most underrated performance machines to come out of our shores: the Cadillac CTS-V. While it’s true that it doesn’t get the publicity that some of its contemporaries get, the CTS-V is a load of a machine in it of itself. For instance, it makes use of a massive 6.2-liter supercharged V-8 engine that spits out 640 horsepower and 630 pound-feet of torque. Those are Corvette Z06-like numbers for a performance sedan. That’s impressive stuff, especially when you consider that even with its relative girth, it can still sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.7 seconds before peaking at a top speed of 200 mph! 200 mph! Here’s the best part: you can get all of that for just $83,995, leaving you with a little under $10,000 in spare change compared to the set of tires for the Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo Concept.

Read our full review on the 2017 Cadillac CTS-V.

Dodge Challenger SRT Demon


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$84,995. That’s how much it’s going to cost you to buy a muscle car that produces a whopping 808 horsepower and 717 pound-feet of torque. I could leave it at that, but the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon is worth mentioning because all that power translates to a 0-to-60-mph time of just 2.3 seconds, making it arguably the fastest-accelerating production car in the world. I don’t know if the Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo can eclipse that number, but merely posing the thought means that the Challenger SRT Demon is worth the price of what you’re going to pay for it.

Read our full review on the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon.

PostHeaderIcon Mercedes-Benz C-Class

If Mercedes-Benz ever decided to make a greatest hits album, the C-Class would undoubtedly be one of the top tracks. Originally offered in the early ’90s as a replacement for the Mercedes-Benz 190 series, the C-Class is framed as the German brand’s entry-level luxury four-door compact. A second generation arrived in 2000, followed by a third-gen in 2007 and a fourth-gen in 2014. Now, as the fourth-gen C-Class enters its fifth year of production, it takes a spot in Merc’s lineup as the brand’s best-selling model, moving a total of 415,000 units in markets worldwide last year. That’s a huge volume for a single model. As such, Mercedes is looking to keep it feeling as fresh as possible, and will give it a slew of new updates to keep buyers coming back for more. The latest includes tweaked exterior styling, an updated interior, new infotainment gear, new safety and assistance tech, and even an extra splash of power as well. All good stuff, if you ask us.

The latest 2019 model year for the C-Class will appear in the metal for the first time at the Geneva Motor Show, where Merc will also pull the sheets on the new A-Class, the new G-Class, and the new AMG GT Coupe. While a full generational changeover is expected in a few years’ time, this new model definitely keeps that old C-Class magic we’ve come to expect, while also adding all the extra goodies needed to keep it in the running with the competition. Read on for the details, and make sure to check back here for the full rundown when the C-Class drops in Geneva.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class.

2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Exterior

  • Multiple body styles on offer: sedan, wagon, coupe
  • Refreshed exterior for 2019
  • Larger side intakes in the front bumper
  • New taillights and headlights
  • Includes Multibeam LED headlight feature
  • Diamond radiator grille as standard on the AMG line
  • Silver and chrome trim
  • New 17-inch wheel design
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“The latest for the 2019 model year includes some tweaked styling for the exterior, and although the updates aren't extensive, they do help to liven up the model a bit and keep it feeling as fresh as possible without a total redesign.”

As it has in years past, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class will once again come in a variety of different body styles, including the traditional four-door sedan (or “Saloon”) and wagon (or “Estate”), both of which are scheduled to appear in Switzerland at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. Also expect a variety of two-door coupes coming down the line as well.

The latest for the 2019 model year includes some tweaked styling for the exterior, and although the updates aren’t extensive, they do help to liven up the model a bit and keep it feeling as fresh as possible without a total redesign.

Let’s start in front, where the headlights get slightly renewed graphics. The overall shape is retained though, with a single block design that stretches back into the fenders, increasing the front end’s “pointiness.” The new headlights are also offered with a Multibeam LED set-up for enhanced nighttime visibility, plus Ultra Range high beams to see even further down the road. The new headlights utilize 84 individually controlled LEDs, which can automatically adjust as needed to suit the situation at hand, be it a lower light line for traffic situations and a higher line when you’re the only car traveling.


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“The new headlights are offered with a Multibeam LED set-up for enhanced nighttime visibility.”

The bumper design is also new, gaining restyled side intakes that plump up the fascia a bit and give it a slightly sportier appearance. These intakes also include twin dividing blades that lend the bumper a slightly wider-looking stance. Meanwhile, the AMG Line gets a diamond radiator grille as standard.

Standard spec lower in the line tosses in silver trim, while the optional gear throws in chrome-plated trim. The latest model year also adds two new exterior colors, dubbed Mojave silver metallic and emerald green metallic (we’re particularly excited to see the green on the C-Class!). Rounding it out are five-spoke 17-inch wheels as standard, which also come with a new design for 2019.

2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class – Exterior Dimensions

Wheelbase (Inches) 111.8
Length (Inches) 184.5
Width (w/ mirrors) (Inches) 79.5
Width (w/o mirrors) (Inches) 71.3
Height (Inches) 56.8
Track (front / rear) (Inches) 61.5 / 60.9

2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Interior

  • Small revisions to the interior design
  • Still keeps loads of horizontal cues
  • Optional open-pore anthracite oak wood trim
  • Saddle brown upholstery for the AMG Line
  • Energizing comfort control links multiple systems as one
  • New key fob colors
  • Comand Online navigation is retained
  • Optional 12.3-inch screen behind the steering wheel
  • Optional
    10.25-inch screen for the dash
  • Optional 225-watt nine-speaker sound system
  • Full suite of autonomous and semi-autonomous drive systems

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“Much like the 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class' exterior design, the sedan's interior sees a few updates to keep it fresh, but nothing too extensive.”

Much like the 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class’ exterior design, the sedan’s interior sees a few updates to keep it fresh, but nothing too extensive. You still get large swaths of premium trim and high-end materials, while a quintet of rounded air vents find their home across the dash. The primary infotainment screen is mounted high in the center. The layout is focused on enhancing the horizontal aspect of the interior, which is intended to give it an airy, more open feel overall.

This time around, the C-Class is offered with an optional open-pore anthracite oak wood trim, as well as new color schemes such as magma grey on black. The AMG Line also gets saddle brown for the upholstery. Options include a panoramic sunroof.

Also new on the options list is something called the Multicontour Seat package, which features individually adjustable side bolsters and lumbar supports, plus air chambers under the fabric that provide a massaging effect. Nice stuff. Further options include something Mercedes is calling Energizing comfort control, which links the climate control, the air ventilation air fragrance system, the music selection, the lighting, and the heating, massage, and ventilation features for the seats, all in the name of creating a custom tailored program to better suit the driver’s various moods. “This has positive effects on well being and driver performance,” Mercedes says.


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“Further options include something Mercedes is calling Energizing comfort control, which links a variety of different systems to create a custom tailored program that better suits the driver's various moods.”

Driver’s get to grips with a new multi-function leather-wrapped steering wheel, which mounts touch-sensitive controls at thumb length, and includes inputs for the various onboard systems like the cruise control. There’s also a touchpad in the center console and voice control to help you keep your eyes on the road, rather than on the center console. A keyless entry and engine start-stop button is included as well, while the new key fob offers new looks like high-gloss chrome, white with chrome, and high-gloss white with a matte chrome surround.

Some of the biggest changes to the C-Class are what’s going on with the infotainment system, which Merc says now sports a new electronic architecture and a variety of features taken from higher up in the range, including the top-dollar S-Class and the E-Class. Unfortunately, the new C-Class uses the older Comand Online navigation system rather than the newer MBUX infotainment system. Nevertheless it still comes with a plethora of useful features, such as traffic updates, car-to-x warning, weather forecasts, fuel prices, and more.

S-Class fans will also be happy to learn that the C-Class now comes with an available fully digital display behind the steering wheel. This is essentially the digital display concept taken from the large-and-in-charge S-Class, and it comes with three display modes, such as “Classic,” “Sport,” and “Progressive.”


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“Some of the biggest changes to the C-Class are what's going on with the infotainment system, which Merc says now sports a new electronic architecture and a variety of features taken from higher up in the range.”

The standard gauge display is an analog unit, and it comes with a small 5.5-inch color screen in between two rounded dials. By contrast, the fully digital display is 12.3-inches in the diagonal measurement, stretching clear across across the gauge pod. Further to the left, there’s a standard 7.0-inch display in the dash, which can be replaced by a 10.25-inch screen if desired.

Further on-board equipment includes a heads-up display, standard USB ports, an SD card reader, and Bluetooth connectivity. There’s also Qi wireless phone charging, and the option to link your phone with the C-Class’ antenna for a boosted cell signal. Audio lovers will wanna opt into the nine-speaker sound system, which pumps out a total of 225 watts.

The C-Class’ driving assists are also looking fresh. Thanks to a series of cameras and radar systems, Merc says the C-Class can drive semi-autonomously “in certain situations.” Features include Active Distance Assist (which is basically active cruise control), Active Lane Change Assist, Active Emergency Stop Assist, and Active Steering Assist. The C-Class’s map and navigation system are also integrated with the assists. For example, the cruise control will modify the car’s speed when approaching a curve or junctions – smart!

2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class – Interior Dimensions

Head room (front / rear) (Inches) 37.1 / 37.1
Leg room (front / rear) (Inches) 41.7 / 35.2
Cargo Volume (seats up) (cu ft) 12.6

2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class – Drivetrain

  • Base model includes a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder
  • Output increased to 255 horsepower
  • Torque identical to outgoing model at 273 pound-feet
  • Should be more efficient
  • Expected 0-to-60 mph around 5.8 seconds
  • Will include diesel and hybrid options as well

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“The base model will come with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder gas engine, with output rated at 255 horsepower. That's an increase of 14 ponies over the outgoing model's 241 ponies.”

While we fully expect the new C-Class to once again offer gas options, diesel options (no diesel in the U.S., though), and a plug-in hybrid option, most of the official drivetrain specs are still under wraps. We’ll update this section once we get the full info at the Geneva Motor Show, but until then, this is what we know.

To begin, the base model will come with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder gas engine, with output rated at 255 horsepower. That’s an increase of 14 ponies over the outgoing model’s 241 ponies. Torque comes to 273 pound-feet, which is the same as it was before. Making the connection to the powerplant is a nine-speed automatic transmission, which sends power to the rear as standard, or all four wheels as an option in the 4Matic model. The 0-to-60 mph sprint is completed in a little under 6 seconds. We also hear the powerplant is more efficient this time around, but we’ll have to wait for EPA estimates to tell you just how efficient. For now, the current C-Class makes 24 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway. Top speed will be rated at a matching 130 mph for the 2019 C300 model.

Meanwhile, look for a few extra electric-only miles on the hybrid model (the current EV-mode range for the C350e is 10 miles).

The C-Class will also continue with the Modular Rear Architecture (MRA) platform that was first introduced with the fourth-generation model. Compared to the old platform, MRA uses more aluminum and high-strength steel to cut out weight, reducing it down by 220 pounds compared to the third-gen model’s architecture.

2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Specifications

Engine Type 2.0L Turbo I4
Engine Material Aluminum-Alloy
Valvetrain / Arrangement DOHC, 4-valves per cylinder
Displacement (cc) 1,991
Bore (in / mm) 3.27 / 83.0
Stroke (in / mm) 3.62 / 92.0
Compression Ratio 9.8 : 1
Horsepower @ rpm 255 @ 5,500
Torque @ rpm 273 @ 1,300 – 4,000
Transmission Type 9G-TRONIC PLUS
0-60 mph (sec) 5.8
Top Speed (mph) 130 (electronically limited)

2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Pricing


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Official pricing info for the 2019 Mercedes-Benz is not yet available, but we don’t expect a significant price difference this time around compared to last year’s model. For reference, the 2018 C300 starts at $40,250, the AWD C300 4Matic starts at $42,250, and the hybrid C350e Plug-in starts at $47,900.

2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Competition

BMW 3 Series


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No doubt about it, the Mercedes C-Class’ greatest rivals come from its native Germany. Chief among them is the 3 Series, Bimmer’s iconic luxury sedan lineup. Like the C-Class, buyers can get into a variety of trim levels and body styles, including a hybrid. Aesthetically speaking, we like how the 3 Series looks, with its short front overhang, sporty stance, and refined details. The interior isn’t too bad either, with loads of horizontal cues and technology offered across the board. The base model is equipped with a 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder making 180 horsepower, while further up the line, you can also get a 250-horse ’four and a 320-horse six-cylinder engine. Pricing starts at a very reasonable $34,900.

Read our full review on the 2016 BMW 3 Series.

Acura TLX


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While the vast majority of C-Class buyers naturally gravitate towards the German marques, Acura has a mighty tempting offer with the TLX. The most recent 2018 model year just got a pretty decent refresh, which includes a newly reshaped front end that does away with old model’s beak-like protrusion in lieu of something far more stylish. The interior is also quite a nice place to be, with soft-touch materials where they should be and wood trim across the dash. Making the power is a choice between a 2.4-liter four-cylinder and a 3.5-liter V-6, with 206 horsepower made by the former and 290 horsepower made by the latter. You can also get yours in the sporty A-Spec trim, if desired. Finally, the TLX is also significantly cheaper than the Merc, starting at just $33,000, which leaves plenty of financial wiggle room to hit the options list hard.

Read our full review on the 2018 Acura TLX.

Conclusion


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“When it comes to high-profile compact luxury sedans, the C-Class is pretty much the benchmark.”

When it comes to high-profile compact luxury sedans, the C-Class is pretty much the benchmark. This is the model that consistently brings the heat in terms of technology, opulence, and overall curb appeal, and while models like the Acura TLX might be the smarter buy in the long run, they just can’t quite touch the Merc in terms of desirability.

This seems to hold true for the 2019 model year. While we have yet to get the full spec sheet, we like what we see thus far. The changes and updates are rather minor overall, but perfectly in line with what we’d expect – slightly tweaked aesthetics, extra tech, and a little more juice under the hood. All good stuff, if you ask us.

And that’s exactly how Merc stays at the top in this segment. Once it finds a formula that works, it doesn’t deviate much, and for some buyers, that’s exactly what they want. In either case, the new C-Class delivers.

  • Leave it
    • * Less expensive options on the table
    • * Might make sense to wait for the all-new fifth-gen instead

References

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Read our full review on the 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class.


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Updates

Update 7/6/2017: The facelifted Mercedes C-Class has found its way onto public roads again, this time wearing a near-production pair of fascias and a new grille. Check out the spy shots section below to learn all about it.

Update 02/27/2017: Another prototype of the 2018 Mercedes C-Class has been spotted doing more real world testing. It hasn’t been equipped with production-ready fascias yet, but it does have the official production exterior lights, so it’s getting closer to being ready for production. Check out our special section below to learn more about what we see in this round of shots.

Spy Shots Round Three 7/6/2017


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The Facelifted C-Class is getting closer to production, and our paparazzi just caught it out giving the public streets the business with some new developments. First off, we can finally make out the shape of the vents in the corners of the front fascia. They are void of mesh at this time and still have camo around them, so they may change a bit, but we can at least get a general idea of size. In the center of the fascia, Mercedes is trying to play a little game with us. The previous mules had a wide mouth air dam, but the dam on this prototype is much smaller, being no wider that the front plate. While this will surely change when the camo comes off, that air dam should be smaller than what we’ve seen thus far. If you look closely, you can see a small indent on either side, exposing that there are about 3.5 inches of air dam covered up on each side. It should get aerodynamically sound styling around the edges to account or smooth air flow.

The headlights on this mule are the same as those on the other two prototypes we’ve seen, but this will undoubtedly get a new layout by the time Mercedes fires up the production line. Expect to see a new LED strip layout to go with redesigned LED headlights. Finally, the big news here is the new grille. The last mule had an old grille with the horizontal slats that were divided right in the middle. This grille, on the other hand, seems to have a slightly thicker surround and features a bunch of small holes – similar to what you see on GMC SUVs since the early 2000s.

The other big thing that we can spot from this round of spy shots is that there is some camo attached to the rear, which means it’s rocking the production rear fascia. As usual, not much will change, but if you look closely, you can see a small lip on each corner that should add more character, and the exhaust outlets are now slanted with the innermost points sitting higher than before. You can also expect to see new taillight units. The ones on this mule are actually predominantly clear, so this could be the style that Merc is going with for the facelift, but we’ll just have to wait and see.

Spy Shots Round 2


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So, last time we were here, the C-Class was sporting an old grille, old headlight units, and a janky prototype bumper that left more to the imagination that it did hint at future design. However, with this new round, the C-Class is sporting a new grille that is predominantly chrome with three horizontal slats that are intersected by one right in the middle. It’s void of a Mercedes emblem, but that has been replaced with a unit mounted to the hood. The new grill also makes way for a new headlight shape that doesn’t have that concave inner edge and looks more at home with the front end. As far as the layout of the lens, there’s now two vertical LED units in the outer corners and one projector base toward the center. The LED running lights have been moved from the bottom of the lens to the top edge, where they follow the contour of the top and inner edge before terminating at the lower, inner corner. It’s certainly a fresh look. Unfortunately, the front fascia still hides the final changes that we’re waiting on, but there’s more to talk about around back.


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The rear fascia, decklid, and even the rear trim still remain the same compared to the last prototype we laid eyes on, but the taillights are new, and that’s a big deal. They still keep the same angled-square shape with two sharp corners, but the layout of the lens itself is all new. There is some black tinting to prevent us from seeing the full layout, but as you can see the matrix is more defined than ever, with bright, sharp angles everywhere, darker portions of the matrix can be found in the center and just above the reverse lights. Those reverse lights are now split into three different display areas that will likely be brighter than ever. Truth be told, the lights are a little more futuristic and more on point with what you would expect from a luxury model in this day and age.

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AMG began meddling with the C-Class in 1995 — one year after the C-Class debuted — when it released the C36 AMG and its 268-horsepower V-6. The 1998 model year brought about the release of the C43 AMG, which featured a larger V-8 engine rated at 302 ponies. AMG then followed that up with the 349-horsepower C32 AMG in 2002, and then with the 362-horsepower C55 AMG in 2005. Finally, in 2008, the C63 AMG sent the sedan into 450-horsepower territory with a huge 6.2-liter V-8 tweaked to generate 451 horses. With the standard 2015 C-Class having arrived in dealerships in early 2014, Mercedes-Benz is rolling out a brand-new iteration of the AMG-prepped C63.This time around dubbed Mercedes-AMG C63, with the Germans dropping the Benz moniker from the official name, the new-generation vehicle marks the beginning of a new era for the sedan.

Much like its predecessor did in 2008, the 2015 Mercedes-AMG C63 gets a brand-new engine in the form of a biturbo, 4.0-liter V-8. The unit is identical with the one previously launched in the AMG GT sports car and comes not with just more horsepower, but with improved fuel efficiency as well. Read on for the full details surrounding AMG’s new high-performance compact.

Update 5/26/2017:The Mercedes C-Class is up for a mid-cycle update, and now we’re finally getting the first look at the facelifted version of the C63. The spy shots still show some camo, but give us an idea of what to expect later this year when the updated C-Class makes its debut. Check out the spy shots section below to hear about what we know so far.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Mercedes-AMG C63


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