High performance cars have always been fancied by car buyers in the country. As the market gets all the more competitive, we shall compare the Mercedes-Benz C43, which is due for launch tomorrow and the BMW M3. The German automakers have been tough competitors and are well known to offer cars with impressive performance figures and maintaining a fine balance on the luxury quotient.
Under the hood, both the cars gets a 3.0-litre V6 engine, however between the two, the BMW M3 generates higher power output figure of 431bhp while the C43 AMG from Mercedes-Benz is tuned to generate around 357bhp. The difference here might be deciding factor for many, but for those who want to delve deeper, the torque figures are almost identical, where theM3 generates about 550Nm of torque and the C43 AMG generates around 521Nm of torque. The fairly powerful engine in the BMW comes mated to a 7-speed DCT gearbox with paddle-shifters, while the upcoming newest AMG from Mercedes will come mated to 9G-TRONIC 9-speed automatic transmission. To make it more interesting the C43 will be offered with AMG Performance 4MATIC all-wheel drive system with front and rear torque split maximum enhanced drive experience.
The BMW M3 gets the adaptive M suspension which are electronically controlled shock absorbers that constantly adjust as per road conditions as well as driving style within milliseconds. The company boasts that the suspension technology guarantees optimal road contact in every situation along with best possible traction and even more agile handling. The new comer Mercedes C43 will get AMG Ride Control Sport suspension with a lighter, more rigid 4-wheel multilink design with AMG-developed springs and electronically controlled shock absorbers with 3-stage variable damping for a best driving experience.
BMW M3 though a better performer, it comes at a price tag of Rs 1.25 crore (Ex-showroom, Delhi). On papers and tracks the Mercedes C43 AMG might be a little slower, but then with an anticipated pricing of Rs 75 lakh – 90 lakh (Ex-showroom, Delhi), the former is definitely a good choice at that price point. On the safety aspect, both the cars at par with all modern safety features such as multiple airbags, ABS, EBD, traction control and more.