Text: Anton Andres / Photos: Mercedes-Benz | posted September 01, 2016 13:37
Mercedes-AMG tunes the GLC Coupe
Like many vehicles in the current Mercedes-Benz lineup, the GLC Coupe has also been given upgrades by in-house tuner AMG. Called the Mercedes-AMG GLC 43, it gets a significant power bump and handling upgrades.
The GLC 43 Coupe AMG gets the same engine as the other 43 series cars in its current range. Despite the 43 nomenclature, the GLC 43 packs a 3.0 liter biturbo V6 that punches out 362 PS and 521 Nm of torque. It shifts via a 9G-Tronic nine-speed automatic recalibrated by AMG for a sportier orientation. Power is then delivered through Mercedes-Benz's all-wheel drive system called 4Matic. The engineers also retuned the system to deliver more power to the rear wheels with a power split of 31 percent to the front and 69 percent to the rear. Mercedes-AMG claims that the GLC 43 AMG can do 0 to 97 km/h in 4.8 seconds to an electronically limited top speed of 210 km/h.
Mercedes-AMG kept the exterior upgrades to a minimum for this sport utility coupe. Differentiating the GLC 43 Coupe from the standard models are a deep chin spoiler with matt silver trim up front, a unique front grill and quad exhaust pipes. It also gets Biturbo badges on the fenders and it rides on AMG exclusive staggered set of wheels measuring 255/45 R20 up front and 285/40 R20 at the rear.
Stepping inside, the GLC 43 Coupe gets a sportier look to complement its engine upgrades. Sport seats with high bolsters are standard, as well as leather trim with black and red contrast stitching. Giving the sport utility coupe are dials with a checkered-flag look plus a Race Timer for recording lap times on race tracks.
Standard equipment in the GLC43 Coupe includes an Audio 20 infotainment system with a 7-inch display, Frontbass sound system, Bluetooth hands-free function, audio streaming and two USB ports. When COMAND® is installed, the screen size jumps to 8.4-inches and is available with digital radio reception, hard-disc navigation, live traffic information, WiFi hotspot functionality and an advanced voice-control system.