Mercedes-Benz has introduced a locally-assembled (CKD) version of the Mercedes-AMG C 43 Coupé in Thailand, according to a report by Bangkok Post. The go-faster two-door, said to be the first performance-oriented Mercedes to be built in the Land of Smiles, replaces the fully-imported (CBU, from Germany) version launched last year and carries a significant price cut.

How significant? Try more than a million baht, dropping the price from 5.19 million baht (RM642,500) to 4.14 million baht (RM512,500). Mind you, that’s barely any cheaper than the CBU model that is sold here, which retails at RM548,888 on-the-road without insurance; there’s also the sedan version over here that costs RM499,888. It is, however, significantly less expensive than the 10 million baht (RM1.2 million) C 63.

Of course, what powers the car remains unchanged, with the C 43 continuing to utilise a M276 3.0 litre twin-turbocharged V6, punching out 362 hp from 5,500 to 6,000 rpm and 520 Nm of torque between 2,000 and 4,200 rpm. There’s also a nine-speed 9G-Tronic automatic transmission and 4Matic all-wheel drive.

Could Malaysia follow Thailand in building 43-series (soon to be 53-series) AMG models? Mercedes-Benz Malaysia (MBM) already assembles the cooking C- and E-Class sedans in its plant in Pekan, Pahang, as well as the GLC crossover – so turning these into 43 models shouldn’t be too difficult. Full AMG models will likely be out of the question, however, with production remaining overseas.

GALLERY: Mercedes-AMG C 43 Sedan in Malaysia


GALLERY: Mercedes-AMG C 43 Coupé in Malaysia