Sprinting 0-100 kph in Seconds
At its originally launch, the public was startled to hear that the new design of Mercedes-Benz C-Class lacked powerful engines with even more than four cylinders. Even though the C43 and C63 editions have 2.0 liter inline-four engines that have been reinforced by electricity, they do not fail at ensuring a fast speed. A video recently released clearly shows just how efficient the more modest C-Class model is out on the Autobahn.
Let us commence with a timely refresher of some essential figures. The C43 AMG incorporates a 2.0-liter turbocharged motor, available in an emittance of 402 horsepower (296 kW) and 369 lb-ft (500 Nm). This vigor is transmitted to each of the four wheels, allowing it to accelerate from zero to 62 mph (0 – 100 km/h) within 4.7 seconds when in its estate iteration. Prospective buyers benefiting from the optional AMG Driver’s Package are able to reach a maximum speed of 165 mph (265 km/h) – but does it actually hit those speeds?
The response is… close enough. We wouldn’t like to be too specific, but this video recorded on the Autobahn demonstrates a quick estate attaining a speed of 163 mph (263 kph), lower than what the manufacturer promises. Though the instrument cluster readout reflects 172 mph (277 kph), the GPS tracker pinpoints a slower actual rate. Sadly, we can’t see what’s beyond the car, yet we assume that, with suitable road conditions, the C43 AMG should reach 165 mph (265 kph).
What about the 0-100 km/h sprint? Surprisingly, the car from Stuttgart does it speedily, and goes even beyond what the manufacturer shows in its official stats. In this specific video, the car achieved a GPS-verified time of 4.57 seconds – way faster than the listed 4.7 secs on the data sheet. We can also inform that the 100-200 kph acceleration took 12.83 secs, but there are no available figures from Mercedes that we could match with the current result.
To conclude, the C43 in saloon and estate models is the first widely available auto to be equipped with an electrical turbocharger which was adopted from Formula 1. Unfortunately, the station wagon is not on offer within the United States, yet the sporty sedan is purchasable here and we had the pleasure of trying it just last June.