Mercedes-Benz GLC43 AMG……Real Buyers Do NOT Need A Review To Decide


Published on April 5th, 2018 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez


Mercedes-Benz GLC43 AMG……Real Buyers Do NOT Need A Review To Decide

No AMG tuned SUV buyer actually reads any test drive reviews…..from us or anyone else. The AMG tuned SUV buyer does not dream of owning a SUV from AMG. The AMG tuned SUV owner is an impulsive buyer, a person who walked into a Mercedes-Benz showroom to buy a stock SUV and after some persuasion from a smart salesperson the buyer test drives the SUV tuned by AMG and within minutes their inner child comes out and their brain responds like a kid cycling down a steep hill with no helmet, no knee guards, no care in the world and no worries about their brakes. Just runaway speed!

So, WHO are you reading this review? The person who wants an AMG tuned SUV but sadly does not have the available RM538,888.00 to buy one. So, meanwhile read on and remark on how lucky the AMG tuned SUV owner is.

The AMG 3.0-litre V6 biturbo engine

Under the hood of this GLC is an AMG 3.0-litre V6 biturbo engine. Installed close to the engine, the two turbochargers are especially spontaneous in their response. The high power output of 367hp is attributable to, among other things, the higher 1.1 bar charge-air pressure. Together with the 520Nm torque from 2500-4500 rpm the engine unleashes high levels dynamism and responsiveness. Fact that you should know to share with your friends. The NANOSLIDE® coating on the cylinder liners was also enhanced in the Mercedes-Benz Formula 1 V6 hybrid turbo engines. Especially tough and, therefore, wear-resistant, this coating also reduces friction, thereby contributing to higher efficiency. The same applies to the spray-guided multiple injection with up to 200 bar fuel pressure. The AMG powerplant can be identified by the red aluminium insert on the engine cover.


The 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission is especially matched to the demands of the GLC43 4MATIC. Thanks to the model-specific software application, the AMG developers managed to reduce the shift times of the 9-speed 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 emotive driving experience. Defined ignition adjustments also provide faster gearshifts than in the “Eco” and “Comfort” modes. “Manual” mode can be selected using a separate button in the centre console. The gear changes are based on the selected transmission mode, and the driver can change gear using the paddles on the steering wheel. Moreover, the transmission stays in the selected gear and does not automatically shift up when the engine speed reaches the limit.


For more agility, more neutral cornering characteristics and higher traction even in intensive use the AMG suspension tuners 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”. It thus increases the kingpin inclination between high comfort on long journeys and sporty driving dynamics.

The four-link front axle is fitted with special steering knuckles and load-bearing joints; all components have been optimised in terms of rigidity. A more negative camber on the front axle and on the multi-link rear axle enhances lateral dynamics. The elastokinematics of both axles have been designed to be more rigid in general. The sum of these measures improve agility, and boost the dynamics.

AMG Performance 4MATIC

The standard-fit all-wheel drive AMG performance 4MATIC is characterised by the rear-biased torque distribution of 31% at the front axle to 69% at the rear axle. This configuration ensures more driving dynamics and higher lateral acceleration on the road plus improved traction during acceleration.


With the five DYNAMIC SELECT transmission modes Eco, Comfort, Sport, Sport Plus and Individual, the driver can tailor the characteristics of the GLC43 4MATIC to individual preferences at the tap of a finger. The available range extends from efficient and comfortable to extremely sporty. This modifies key parameters, such as the response of the engine, transmission, suspension and steering. Independently of the DYNAMIC SELECT transmission modes, the driver has the option of pressing the “M” button to switch directly to manual mode, in which gearshifts are executed exclusively using the shift paddles on the steering wheel.

The DYNAMIC SELECT drive programs “Sport” and “Sport Plus” are even more strongly configured for driving dynamics on the GLC43 4MATIC than on the series-production models. This is thanks to the more agile, more direct accelerator characteristic and the more emotive gear shifting with shortened shift times, double-declutching function and cylinder shut-off. The higher idle speed also facilitates even faster moving off and acceleration from standstill.

Will Probably Never Be Used

If you buy an AMG tuned SUV the last thing you want to do is to increase efficiency. (You buy a simpler luxury bound GLC 200 for that). You want constant on the ‘fly’ power delivery. You will never look at using the “Eco” mode the ECO start/stop function and the gliding function to reduce fuel consumption.

Sporty and distinctive

The AMG ‘look’ starts with silver chrome coloured and high-gloss black exterior features. It builds on the AMG Exterior line. The diamond radiator grille features chrome-plated pins, a louvre in high-gloss black with inserts in high-gloss chrome and the AMG lettering. The sportily distinctive air intakes in the AMG front apron feature fins in silver chrome. Down below, the silver chrome front splitter ensures an optimal flow of air to the cooling modules.

High-gloss black-painted, high-sheen 48.3 cm (19-inch) AMG 5-twin-spoke light-alloy wheels dominate the side view. The mixed-size tyres with the dimensions 235/55 R 19 on 8 J x 19 at the front axle and 255/50 R 19 on 9 J x 19 at the rear axle emphasise the majestic appearance. There are also high-gloss black door mirror caps and the silver-coloured “BITURBO 4MATIC” lettering on the front wings. The tail end also sports characteristic highlights and exudes sporty, aesthetic appeal with two four-pipe chromed tailpipe trims. The AMG-specific rear apron sports trim in silver chrome.

The interior design

The interior reinforces the consistently dynamic bias with numerous specially designed details. Ideal for a committed driving style, the multifunction sports steering wheel in black leather features a flattened bottom section and red contrasting topstitching, and sits perfectly in the hand. The driver and front passenger find a secure position in the sports seats even when driving at speed, thanks to the improved lateral support. The upholstery in black ARTICO man-made leather/DINAMICA microfibre boasts its own seat upholstery layout plus red topstitching. To match the seat design the door centre panels are styled in the same material.

AMG Purchase Conclusion

Its is quite simple. Malaysians who buy a SUV like this are impulsive buyers, people with money to spend without flinching. They are not going to be worried about emissions, fuel consumption and monthly payments. Leave that for the compact and mid-range car buyers. AMG tuned SUV owners buy what they want and that is that.

Mercedes-AMG GLC43 4MATIC Coupé Specifications

Engine: V6-cylinder Twin Turbocharged

Capacity: 2996cc

Transmission: AMG 9G-TRONIC

Max Power: 367bhp at 5500-6000rpm

Max Torque: 520Nm at 2000-4500rpm

0-100km/h: 4.9seconds

Top speed: 250km/h Restricted

Price: RM538,888.00

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