Is there anything interesting about its design?
The current (C205) version of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class coupe is a familiar sight, but the C 43 beefs up its image with a distinctive ‘twin-louvre’ grille design finished in ‘Matt Iridium Silver’, additional fins in the nose air intakes, and ‘air curtain’ vents either side of the front apron to help smooth airflow around the front corners and sides of the car.
Fat side skirts stretch between the wheelarches, and unique aero-optimised 19-inch AMG alloy rims, shod with high-performance Dunlop Sport Maxx RT rubber, fill the guards front and rear. Big four-piston AMG brake calipers at the front, sitting on ventilated and cross-drilled rotors, add an air of motorsport machismo (although relatively modest single-piston floating calipers at the rear sit in stark contrast).
The rear view dials up the muscle with black chrome dual exhaust outlets sitting either side of an impressively deep diffuser, with a body-coloured lip spoiler neatly following the rear edge of the bootlid.
The standard ‘Night Package’ blacks out various exterior elements including the mirror shells, shoulderlines (just below the side windows) and the window weatherstrips.
Open the door and you’re staring at the physical definition of sports-luxury. The sculptural ‘AMG Performance’ front seats combine leather with brushed aluminium highlights and red contrast stitching to dramatic effect. But over and above their stunning looks they incorporate neatly contoured side bolsters in the cushion and backrest, the latter adjustable via built-in air cushions. What’s more, they’re heated and ventilated (in three stages).
But there’s plenty more high-quality hide where that came from, with precisely stitched leather splashed around the console, dash and doors, in combination with Merc’s ‘Dinamica’ faux suede material on the new design, flat-bottom sports steering wheel.
The overall look is cool, precise and top-shelf premium; the only interruption being a 10.3-inch media display screen sitting somewhat awkwardly above the trio of central air vents at the top of the centre stack. A second 12.3-inch digital screen sits inside a simple instrument binnacle.