AMG breathes on Mercedes GLC43 Coupe

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AMG has turned its attention to the Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe SUV with two new models released at this month’s Paris motor show.

AMG GLC43.
AMG GLC43.

The Mercedes-AMG GLC43 4Matic Coupe gets the “AMG light” treatment involving the German company’s 270 kW/520 Nm bi-turbo 3.0 liter V6 driving all four wheels via an AMG-tuned nine-speed automatic transmission and rear-biased all-wheel-drive system.

These SUVs ride on a self-leveling adaptive sports air suspension system that can be raised by the touch of a button for greater ground clearance. The air suspension system has been programmed to provide four “spring rates” to match the various driving modes that also include adjustments to the steering and transmission. Modes include Eco, Comfort, Sport, Sport Plus and Individual. In manual transmission mode, the automatic transmission “double-declutches” on down-changes, giving a throttle blip for good measure.

These AMG models will take the fight up to BMW’s X4 that ranges in price from $A 70,815 to $A 79,055, as well as Porsche’s Macan line that starts at $A 93,100.

Mercedes-AMG claim that the GLC43 Coupe can accelerate from rest to 100 km/h in 4.9 seconds and on to an electronically governed top speed of 250 km/h – identical to the wagon-bodied GLC43.

AMG brakes are standard equipment, with 360 mm discs with four-pot calipers on the front and 320 mm discs with single-piston calipers on the rear.

Gloss black 19 inch alloy wheels are standard, with options up to 21 inches.

Dials get a chequered flag look, instruments include a racetrack timer, and the infotainment system has a 7.0 inch display, although you have to pay extra for satellite navigation or the Burmester high-end audio system.

I would expect these cars to be released in Thailand at the Bangkok International Motor Show in March next year.