Mercedes have revealed their second instalment of four-wheel drive AMG cars for the Detroit Motor Show. The C450 AMG 4Matic is expected to be a direct rival to the Audi S4 and the BMW 335i M Sport which are both priced at around £39,000, and will be available in saloon and estate body styles.
It is customary for the AMG range to come with some serious performance figures, and this is no exception. A tuned version of Mercedes’ 3.0-litre twin turbocharged V6 petrol engine offers the driver 362bhp using a 7G-Tronic seven-speed automatic gearbox. 0-62mph takes just 4.9 seconds in the saloon and the estate falls just behind to 100kmh at 5.0 seconds. Both will go on to a limited top speed of 155mph. Just as impressive is that it can achieve 37.2mpg, of which is more than acceptable considering it’s performance.
The C450 AMG comes with an array of sporty alterations over the standard C-class – changes to the steering and braking system, adjustable three stage dampers and firmer springs are just the short list of alterations made to this AMG model. Also the power distribution of 33% to 67% to the front and rear respectively alongside a recalibrate electronic stability program offers what Mercedes describe as “more sporting driving qualities than standard C-class models”.
Aesthetic changes further distinguish C450 AMG from the base C-class. The Avantgarde styling pack offers an altered grille, darkened chrome tailpipes, black door mirror housing and a restyled front bumper with larger cooling ducts. A discreet boot lip spoiler is also available with the saloon version whilst the estate benefits from a styled spoiler element attached to the tailgate.
The Mercedes-Benz C450 AMG 4Matic will be on sale in June this year.