1998 Mercedes C43 AMG | car review @ Top Speed

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Mercedes-Benz C 43 AMG W202


year: 1998 Mercedes Model: C-Class $52,750 Engine: V8 Transmission: automatic Horsepower @ RPM: Torque @ RPM: 302@3,250 4,000 L

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on 03.29.2011 19:30 by Matt 2

In 1998, if you were growing out of boy racer faze and becoming a man was still looking for driving to go with his morning coffee, your options were Entry level luxury were still in their and BMW had utter dominance in the segment. The E36 M3 were the enthusiast’s weapon of and they also offered coupled with everyday

Other manufacturers such as began to use displacement as their of choice and the horsepower wars It started with each utilizing the specialties of their in tuning shops more and but it has progressed to epic proportions Consider that most of small sedans have little in overall size and the models of the 1990s were by small and efficient engines under or just above Today, 300hp in a sports would be laughed right off the by cars pushing at least with V8s or twin turbo

Nonetheless, this was the beginning and was poised to take things to a new A new engine had been developed for use in CLK. and S-class models as an V8. It was the 4.3-liter model that was 430 on the badges of the vehicles. Before it made an appearance in those models for standard duty, AMG was to get their hands on it and make major improvements. The beast emerged would be forced the C43 AMG in order to take on the other brands.

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Things became a little exciting on the interior where AMG let you know that this car business. Opting for the two-tone is the best choice a prospective could have made. The would be adorned with leather in the center and black on both sides. The multi-adjustable featured pneumatic bolsters on the bottom and dual lumbar on the back. It was controlled with a set of situated next to the seat buckle. The two-tone theme was onto the steering wheel was an appropriately thick model for serious driving. The C43 also luxury appointments like climate control, wood-grain Bose stereo, power sunroof, and the Mercedes Rest Rest was used on many 1990s Mercedes models and allowed the HVAC system of the car to running up to 30-minutes after the car was off. It was great for short and running errands allowing the car to warm inside by using engine heat. We were than disappointed to find out our 2000 ML 320 was the only model in the lineup that year to not this feature.


Mercedes-Benz C 43 AMG W202

This car comes under the hood and the driver can tell that most of the behind it is performance oriented. new 4.3-liter V8 received a host of from the engineers at AMG and ended up 302hp at 5,850rpm and 302 lb-ft. of at 3,250rpm. The first thing AMG did was an air cleaner system with flow somewhat like intake kits of today. also made the intake wider in conjunction with of the longest intake tubes in the By using intakes that around the cylinder, pressure up and boosts the intake process. is why the engine is able to produce high torque numbers at

In order to handle the increased Mercedes borrowed the transmission the V12 models. The 5-speed automatic was to adapt to a specific driver’s and improve the driving experience If you were an aggressive driver the system would automatically later and allow the engine to rev The idea was good in theory, but precision in practice; as always AMG models, people dreamed a manual transmission.

The C43 used a double-wishbone front setup and five-link rear that was essentially the same as the sport. AMG used a different set of and a solid rear stabilizer, but the system remains unchanged. The setup of the car was also used in DTM the same year and the suspension and had been proven on the racetrack. All of power and precision was reined in by a set of antilock disc brakes were 13.2-inches in diameter and internal ventilation.

Mercedes a host of safety systems to the C43 in line and on the road. The Brake system helped increase pressure when a panic was identified by the computer. Most brake too little too late and system was put in place to help the car sustained threshold braking of locking of the wheels. The new Mercedes ASR Slip Reduction) system was standard on the C43. When the realizes that a wheel is or slipping, it applies the brakes to wheel and can cut engine power grip is re-established. As many fans will know, is a little yellow triangle in the instrument cluster that to blink when you’re too much fun. This is you that wheel slip has detected and the system is engaged. The C43 an off button for the ASR system, but the light then turn on permanently to you that you’re on your


The C43 was an exclusive automobile by some of the most talented in the business and only 1,500 were brought to the United at a sticker price of around

Competition and Performance

The closest to the Mercedes C43 AMG is, of course, the BMW M3. However, time it is not as close of a comparison as BMW may expected. With Mercedes a V8 version of its smallest sedan, the M3 had eclipsed in terms of power. BMW was using a smaller 6-cylinder that produced less and had to work harder to do so. The BMW could 0-60mph in 5.6 seconds, but now Mercedes do it in nearly the same. Furthermore, the appointments found in the Mercedes entirely unmatched by BMW at this

Mercedes-Benz C 43 AMG W202

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