Published on March 21st, 2016 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
New Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 4Matic Unleashed
The mid-size SUV model series gains a particularly dynamic addition in the form of the new Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 4MATIC. The new SUV from Affalterbach marks the pinnacle of the GLC product range and in the AMG portfolio it closes the gap between the GLA and GLE.
We doubt much needs to be said about the exterior, perhaps other than it is simply fabulous. This classy yet aggressive look is continued into the cabin: this range from performance seats with increased lateral support, to leather upholstery, carbon-fibre trim and the Night package to 21-inch wheels in a bi-colour design.
Ideal for a committed driving style, the multifunction sports steering wheel in black leather features a flattened bottom section and red contrasting topstitching.
The 3.0-litre V6 biturbo engine is used in numerous AMG performance models and is the only six-cylinder variant available in the GLC. It delivers 367 hp of maximum output plus a maximum torque of 520 newton metres. The GLC 43 4MATIC sprints from rest to 100 kmh in 4.9 seconds and an electronically governed top speed of 250 kmh.
As for the transmission, AMG engineers have managed to reduce the shift times of the 9-speed 9G-Tronic transmission. The multiple downshift allows even faster short bursts of speed, while the double-declutching function in the “Sport” and “Sport Plus” transmission modes makes for an even more satisfying driving experience.
“Manual” mode can be selected using a separate button in the centre console. In this mode, the transmission stays in the selected gear and does not automatically shift up when the engine speed reaches the limit.
The standard -fit all-wheel drive AMG performance 4MATIC is characterised by the rear-biased torque distribution of 31 percent at the front axle to 69 percent at the rear axle.
For more agility, more neutral cornering characteristics and higher traction even in intensive use the Affalterbach developers have designed an autonomous sports suspension on the basis of the AIR BODY CONTROL air suspension. Also specifically adapted, the Adaptive Damping system ADS PLUS can be adjusted in the three stages “Comfort”, “Sport” and “Sport Plus”.
AMG Dynamic Select
The five DYNAMIC SELECT transmission modes Eco, Comfort, Sport, Sport Plus and Individual modifies key parameters, such as the response of the engine, transmission, suspension and steering.
Additionally, “Sport” and “Sport Plus” are even more strongly configured for driving dynamics on the GLC 43 4MATIC than on the series-production models: the accelerator feels more direct while the gear shifts are shorter. Double-declutching is also possible. Finally, idle point is now higher to facilitate faster take-offs and acceleration from standstill.