Detroit LIVE: Mercedes-Benz C450 AMG 4MATIC
Mercedes is adding a new AMG model to is C-Class lineup.
Mercedes-Benz is expanding its AMG performance lineup with a new C450 AMG 4MATIC model at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
Splitting the difference between the regular C400 and fire-breathing C63 AMG, the C450 AMG packs a 362 horsepower, 384 lb-ft of torque version of Mercedes' twin-turbocharged 3.0L V6. Routing that power through a seven-speed automatic transmission and Mercedes' 4MATIC all-wheel drive system, the C450 AMG can scoot from 0-60 in just 4.9 seconds.
More than just a more powerful engine, the C450 AMG 4MATIC also packs an AMG Adaptive sports suspension borrowed from the C63 AMG, an uprated version of Mercedes' 4MATIC system with a 33/67 front-to-rear power split, quicker steering and a sports exhaust system with a throatier growl.
In order to differentiate the C450 AMG from the regular C-Class, the sports sedan has been fitted with a unique front end treatment, AMG rear bumper and a subtle deck lid spoiler. Black accents also adorn the car's grille, exterior mirrors and window frames. AMG badging is also part of the package.
Staggered 18-inch wheels are standard while 19-inchers can be ordered as an optional extra.
The interior of the C450 AMG features sports seats, aluminum trim and red seat belts.
Pricing for the Mercedes-Benz C450 AMG 4MATIC will be announced closer to the car's fall market launch.