The Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 was unveiled at the 2016 New York International Auto Show in March. That car is powered by a 3.0 litre twin-turbo V6 that pushes out 367 hp and 520 Nm of torque, the same engine that propels fellow ‘AMG 43’ halfway house siblings C 43, E 43 and SLC 43, plus the GLE 450.
Plenty of performance from the AMG-badged GLC 43, which goes from 0-100 km/h in 4.9 seconds, but it’s not a “real AMG” car, something which we’re looking at in this post.
Not the biggest surprise, but Mercedes-AMG is preparing a properly hot GLC 63 that should share the same 4.0 litre biturbo V8 engine as the C 63. That hand-made motor makes 476 PS and 650 Nm, or 510 PS/700 Nm in the hardcore C 63 S, which completes the century sprint in just 4.0 seconds flat.
It’s easy to tell the GLC 63 from the 43. While the less hot AMG car looks pretty much like a regular GLC with AMG Line plus a few unique details (quad exhaust tips, “Biturbo 4Matic” badging on the wings, unique 21-inch wheels), the GLC 63 gets a less contrived, more purposeful look common to full-on AMG models. A deep front apron with large air intakes mark it out, along with black exhaust tips.
The wheels are not finalised yet, which is obvious by the mismatched front-rear designs, but behind those 21-inch items are serious-looking big brakes with red calipers, which are not present in the GLC 43. All the signs point to the upcoming Mercedes-AMG GLC 63. We already have the GLC, and Mercedes-Benz Malaysia is happy to bring in the marque’s “Dream Cars”, so this mega SUV might reach our shores some day.
For now, Merc’s BMW X3 and Audi Q5 rival is available here as the GLC 250, in both AMG Line (RM328,888) and Exclusive Line (RM325,888). The limited-run and pricey Edition 1 (RM360,888) should have been sold out by now. Read our review of the GLC 250.
GALLERY: Mercedes-AMG GLC 43