Nearly a year after the launch of the new C-Class lays Mercedes now the sport versions of its medium-sized series. In addition to two classic AMG models with rear-wheel drive, different strong eight-cylinder engines and prices from 76.100 Euro, there will also be a less extreme entry-level version with V6 turbo and four-wheel drive for around 10.000 Euro for the first time.
The heart of the two purebred AMG models with optional 350 kW / 476 PS or 375 kW / 510 PS is the four-liter eight-cylinder twin-turbo, which has already celebrated its premiere in the sports car Mercedes-AMG GT. The new AMG entry-level engine replaces the 63-liter naturally aspirated engine used in the C 6,3 AMG, but already surpasses its performance in the weaker version by 10 PS. The maximum torque also increases from 600 Nm to 650 Nm or 700 Nm. The power is transmitted via the AMG Speedshift automatic with seven gears to the rear wheels.
In line with the increase in performance, the sedan accelerates from zero to zero speed faster than before: instead of 100 seconds, it requires C 4,4 S 63 seconds as C 4,0 in 63 seconds. However, the maximum speed is limited as usual electronically to 4,1 km / h. The reason for the change in the engine concept, however, lies primarily in the lower consumption of the only four-liter eight-cylinder. He should be satisfied with 250 liters in both performance levels thanks to the particularly fine piezo injection. The predecessor still needed 8,2 liters.
Visually, the new models are appropriate for the species. Powerdomes on the bonnet made of aluminum, gray or red painted calipers behind the 18 or 19 inch-sized alloy wheels, thick side skirts and a diffuser under the rear apron distinguish high-performance sedan and -combination from the standard models.
As usual with AMG, the models are also explicitly sporty. Even in the comfort setting of the suspension, the suspension remains extremely taut, the handling agile. What seems to be exaggerated in relaxed cruising. For the slightly gentler gait, the C 450 AMG 4 Matic is recommended, which jumps into the gap between the volume models and the AMG specialties. The drive is a V6 biturbo, which, unlike the V8 engines, is not built by AMG itself, but comes from the Daimler shelf. The engine power is more than sufficient with 270 kW / 367 PS and allows sprint times of 4,9 and 5 seconds, the top speed is here also regulated down 250 km / h. The consumption is the manufacturer with 7,6 and 7,7 liter. Thus, the new entry-level model is a terrific and cheaper compromise for those who do not want to give up the benefits of all-wheel drive in addition to pronounced everyday and long-distance suitability.
Author: Michael Kirchberger / SP-X