What Is It?
2016 Mercedes-Benz C450 AMG 4Matic
What's New About This Model?
The 2016 Mercedes-Benz C450 AMG 4Matic beats a new path for Mercedes. AMG appearance kits have always been popular on non-AMG models, so Mercedes is making it official, introducing what it calls AMG "sports models" that straddle the line between standard models and full-bore AMG-built versions. In this case, the C450 AMG gets enhanced styling and a bit more power, too, in the form of a 362-horsepower twin-turbo V6.
When Does It Go on Sale?
The 2016 Mercedes-Benz C450 AMG 4Matic goes on sale in the fall of 2015.
How Much Does It Cost?
No official pricing has been released yet, but expect the C450 AMG 4Matic to start around $50,000.
How Many Body Styles and Trim Levels Are There?
While initially available as a sedan for the U.S. market, there's no reason this option won't be available on the eventual coupe model as well.
What Kind of Engines and Transmissions Does It Have?
- 3.0-liter, twin-turbo V6, 362 horsepower, 384 lb-ft of torque
- Seven-speed automatic
- Standard 4Matic all-wheel drive
What Unique Features Does It Offer?
The new twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 motor is new for the C-Class, as are some of the unique styling bits inside and out. On the whole, there's nothing terribly unique about the C450 AMG except for its packaging.
Instead of allowing Mercedes C-Class owners to simply outfit their car in sportier clothes, Mercedes has paired those looks with a sporty new adaptive suspension system and a new engine.
What Other Models Should You Consider?
Audi S4: The Audi S4 was likely the benchmark for the C450 AMG and for good reason. Equipped with a 333-hp V6 engine and all-wheel drive, the S4 has hit that sweet spot between casual and extreme performance for years.
BMW 335xi: To get a BMW 335xi truly up to the C450 AMG's visual spec, you've got to add the M Sport kit ($3,000), but out of the box the 335xi comes with all-wheel drive, a 300-hp six-cylinder motor and your choice of manual or automatic transmissions. Of course, the BMW is also available with rear-wheel drive, unlike the Audi or the Mercedes.
Should You Wait for It?
The new Mercedes-Benz C-Class is one of our favorite vehicles in the class right now. It looks outstanding, has a world-class interior, drives like a much more expensive car and just generally feels worthy of its premium badging. Unfortunately, the Audi and BMW are also at the top of their game and are available right now. There's almost no way to go wrong in this category.