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Grey importers sure work really fast in this country – the Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe has reached our shores via the grey route ahead of an official launch by Mercedes-Benz Malaysia.

This GLE 450 AMG Coupe was caught by Jason Tan parked at the Publika valet parking area this week. We checked with Mercedes-Benz Malaysia and confirmed that they weren’t the ones who imported it in.

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The GLE 450 AMG Coupe – the first of Mercedes-AMG’s new AMG Sport line models to take on the mid-range BMW M Performance and Audi S offerings – is powered by a biturbo 3.0 litre V6 engine offering 367 hp at 5,500 to 6,000 rpm and 520 Nm at 1,800 to 4,000 rpm.

Paired with a nine-speed 9G-Tronic transmission, power is sent to the tarmac through a performance-oriented 4Matic system with a 40:60 front-to-rear power split. Standard equipment includes AMG bodystyling elements, sports seats, an Airmatic air suspension with variable ADS Plus damping as well as an extra Sport+ mode for the Dynamic Select system.