A niche vehicle, the AMG GLC43 Coupe is not really an off-roader, wagon, or sports car. It’s a crossover all unto its own and Angus MacKenzie from MotorTrend takes one on a test ride to answer this question: “Is it more pointless than the regular GLC Coupe or less?”
Sitting under the bonnet is a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 engine cranking out 362 hp and 384 lb-ft of torque. Mated to a 9G-Tronic nine-speed automatic transmission enhanced by AMG, it can deliver 69% of its torque to the rear wheels.
Though the coupe’s all-season tires limits the car’s top speed to 130 mph, it’s sprint time from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.8 seconds makes up for it. That’s 1.5 seconds faster than the normal GLC Coupe! There’s plenty of midrange torque and the exhaust has a nice snarl to it with hints of snap-crackle.
Aside from the engine, AMG has given the GLC43 Coupe’s suspension an upgrade. Retuning Daimler’s multichamber air spring and adaptive damper setup to cope with the coupe’s high center of gravity, the vehicle’s body roll has been reduced whilst improving body control. It’s hard to believe that the AMG GLC43 Coupe is a crossover when it corners flat and rides firmly.
MacKenzie’s conclusion after his first drive? The AMG GLC43 Coupe drives as sporty as it looks and that’s really the whole point of this GLC Coupe variant.