At this rate AMG might as well be an independent automaker.
Here’s one you saw coming: Another Mercedes-AMG model is coming to dealerships near you. Along with the luxury SUV boom there has been an increasingly powerful lust for sophisticated engines pumping out gobs of horsepower. To satisfy that, Affalterbach’s finest conducted a simple transplant of the 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 engine from the Mercedes-AMG C43 sedan into the GLC coupe. With no changes made to the power plant, the GLC43 AMG coupe makes 367 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque, or enough to make it a zippy crossover.
Aiding in both acceleration time and off-road ability is a 4Matic all-wheel-drive system that sends torque through a nine-speed automatic transmission, which then sends 69%of the power the rear tires and 31% to the front. This is an unusual bias for Mercedes, which usually likes to leave the power split a bit more equal. The result of this is a 0-60 mph time of 4.9-seconds, or quick enough to nearly catch a 1998 Acura NSX. The GLC43 AMG’s bum rush to the horizon doesn’t relent until it hits a top speed of 155 mph. This puts it in the same league as the BMW X4 M40i, which makes it easier for us to distinguish because the two look almost exactly alike. To keep the competition fierce, Mercedes will include five driving modes.
These include Eco, Comfort, Sport, Sport Plus, and Individual so that buyers can have Mercedes’ idea of a perfectly pre-selected drivetrain, transmission, suspension, and steering settings...or they can do it all themselves. Visually, the baby AMG gets a few of its own unique add-ons, including 19” alloy wheels, a mean-looking fascia, and a rear boot spoiler. Inside, buyers will know they spent more money by seeing the red and black contrast stitching holding together plenty of leather. As shocked as we are at hearing that Mercedes is throwing an AMG engine into yet another model (at least 10 new AMG cars are due out), it’s nice to see that it is committed to keeping its promise of turning each and every on of its cars into a performance car.