ROAD TEST: Audi S5 Coupé vs. Mercedes-AMG C43 Coupé

Team comments

Terence Steenkamp

The C43 feels like an AMG; the S5 simply like a quick A5

Terence Steenkamp
Gareth Dean

The S5 is a gentle­man’s express, but it’s rather clinical compared with the smile-inducing C43

Gareth Dean
Steve Smith

The C43 is a real gem and, for me, a better car than the muscle-bound C63

Steve Smith
Ian McLaren

An average driver will be faster in the C43 than a C63

Ian McLaren
  • disqus_hiF7NvKYKq

    I have to smile. All this made for Europe and the autobahns petrolhead’s dream magnificent machinery. Toys. But where on earth can you really use it in SA with its congested decaying road systems and speed limits enforced by SA’s hidden traffic mafia.
    So over the top these machines for SA. But then I guess its all about egos. Like the Rolex and Gucci whatever.
    And that’s what the worldwide auto industry thrives on.

    • realtrevor

      Don’t worry for you there’s an A4 1.4TSi and a C180 because you wan’t something slow.

      • disqus_hiF7NvKYKq

        Thanks Trevor! My 28 year old 1989 W126 500SE Merc with 85000km on the clock and my wife’s 5 year old 2012 VW Polo Vivo 1.6 with 18000km on the clock meet our needs and do us just fine.

        • realtrevor

          Fantastic

      • Nothing wrong with those two models. Great cars.

  • Beavcoon

    The article mentions 250 kw instead of 260 kw, and 0-100km/h braking times instead of 100-0km/h

  • Tough choice…