Test Drive: 2016 Mercedes-Benz C 450 AMG 4Matic

Mercedes-Benz C 450 AMG 4Matic 2016_01The new Mercedes-Benz C 450 AMG 4Matic is the second AMG sports model. It is not as raw sports car as the C 63 AMG, while it still is much sportier choice than the standard C-Class.

Already the exterior reveals that the Mercedes-Benz C 450 AMG 4Matic is all AMG. Dominating design elements are the AMG body styling, the light-alloy wheels and the special AMG badge on the front wings. The AMG body styling includes the front bumper, diamond meshes, silver chrome trim, and the rear bumper with matt iridium silver diffuser insert. This sedan version is equipped with a separation edge on the boot lid, while the wagon comes with a roof spoiler. The radiator grille features a high-gloss black louvre and chrome inserts. Additional highlights are the black exterior mirror housings, the high-gloss black waistline trim strip and window frame, and the two chrome-plated dual tailpipe trim elements.

Inside the car there is the Artico/Dinamica upholstery and the black Artico man-made leather trimmed instrument panel. Sports seats are standard feature with AMG-specific seat upholstery. There is also a 3-spoke nappa leather multifunction sports steering wheel with flat bottom, red contrasting topstitching, moulded grip area, steering-wheel paddle shifters and the silver chrome steering wheel trim. The instrument cluster also sports the typical AMG style. The dials feature the sporty “chequered flag” design, a 280-km/h speedometer scale, red speedometer needles and a specific typography.

Mercedes-Benz C 450 AMG 4Matic is based on the C 400 4Matic. It is powered by the new 3.0-litre V6 engine. The engine cover with red aluminium insert visualises the strengths of the new twin-turbo six-cylinder engine.AMG engineers have increased the power output and torque of the 3.0-litre engine. In the C 450 AMG 4Matic, the engine delivers 270 kW (367 hp) and 520 Newton metres. With this much power, the performance is excellent. Mercedes-Benz C 450 AMG 4Matic sedan accelerates from zero to 100 km/h of 4.9 seconds. The wagon model is just 0,1 second slower.

Engine’s power is delivered through 7G-Tronic Plus automatic transmission and 4Matic all-wheel drive to all four wheels. The 4Matic delivers 33 percent of the engine power to the front axle and 67 percent to the rear to offer good grip and better driving dynamics. The AMG Ride Control sports suspension with 3-stage damper adjustment is borrowed from the C 63 AMG. Driver can choose his favorite suspension set-up with a push of a button.

This 3.0-litre V6 engine is part of the Mercedes-Benz’s BlueDirect engine family. It is also fairly economical. The combined fuel consumption of Mercedes-Benz C 450 AMG 4Matic sedan is just 7.6 l/100km and the CO2 emissions are 178 g/km.