By Otsile Kadiege
The boffins at Mercedes-AMG took the veils of the all-new GLC43 4Matic and GLC63 S AMG E Performance Coupes. Like their non-coupe siblings, the duo are powered by the controversial yet incredibly potent M139 powerplant and spots typical AMG exterior and interior design and styling as well as the latest technologies.
On the outside, numerous AMG-specific details underscore the dynamic character of the new Mercedes-AMG GLC Coupe variants. Highlights include an AMG- specific radiator grille with vertical struts and the AMG front apron with flics, sporty air intakes and chrome-plated trim element. Flics, large inlets and air curtains direct the airflow specifically to the various functions. Harmoniously integrated side sill panels, the diffuser-look rear apron (GLC43 Coupe) or additional diffuser board (GLC63 S Coupe) and the two twin tailpipe trims (round on the GLC43 Coupe, trapezoidal on the GLC63 S Coupe) round off the design.
Interior design and tech
Inside, the high-performance models get AMG seats in Artico man-made leather/Microcut AMG microfibre with distinctive graphics and upholstery. Optional leather and nappa leather upholstery with embossed AMG crest in the front head restraints is available. The AMG Performance seats are also available as an option.
The AMG Performance steering wheel in nappa leather (GLC43 Coupe) or nappa leather/Microcut microfibre (GLC63 S Coupe) is also fitted as standard. It is flattened at the bottom, perforated in the grip area and equipped with silver-coloured aluminium gearshift paddles. The two round AMG steering wheel buttons allow fast and unerring operation of various dynamic driving functions and of the AMG Dynamic Select drive programs. The sporty-luxurious atmosphere is rounded off by AMG sports pedals, AMG floor mats and illuminated door sill panels with AMG lettering.
On the tech side of things, both AMG models get the brand’s MBUX infotainment system that includes various AMG-specific displays and functions. These include special displays in the instrument cluster, on the portrait-orientation multimedia central display in the centre console and on the optional head-up display. The AMG-exclusive “Supersport” style offers the option of displaying various contents via a vertical structure. This includes a set-up menu that displays the current settings of the suspension or transmission. In addition, the driver can have a navigation map or consumption data displayed in “Supersport” style. Also integrated is AMG Track Pace (standard in the GLC63 S Coupe, optional for the GLC43 Coupe), the data logger for use on the racetrack.
At the heart of the new Mercedes-AMG GLC Coupe models is the AMG 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine know at Mercedes-AMG as the M139l (l meaning longitudinal) engine. Not only was it developed entirely at the company’s Affalterbach site, but it is also installed there in accordance with the “One Man, One Engine” principle.
The Mercedes-AMG GLC43 4Matic Coupe has a rated output of 310 kW at 6750 rpm while the maximum torque of 500 Nm is available at 5000 rpm. Depending on the situation, the system also briefly provides an additional boost of 10 kW by the belt-driven starter generator (BSG). The GLC43 4Matic accelerates from a standstill to 100 km/h in 4.8 seconds and has a top speed which is electronically limited to 250 km/h.
In the GLC63 S E Performance, the M139l engine produces 350 kW at 6725 rpm. The maximum combustion engine torque of 545 Nm is available at 5250-5500 rpm. In the performance hybrid, the 2.0-litre engine is combined with a permanently excited synchronous electric motor, a high-performance battery developed in Affalterbach and the fully variable AMG Performance 4MATIC+ all-wheel-drive system. The system output of 500 kW and the maximum system torque of 1020 Nm enable impressive driving performance: Acceleration from standstill to 100 km/h takes just 3.5 seconds and only ends at an electronically governed 275 km/h. The power is transmitted in both Mercedes-AMG GLC models via the AMG Speedshift MCT 9G transmission (MCT = Multi-Clutch Transmission), in which a wet start-off clutch replaces the torque converter.
The 150 kW electric motor is positioned at the rear axle, where it is integrated with an electrically shifted two-speed transmission and the electronically controlled limited-slip rear differential in a compact electric drive unit (EDU). The lightweight high-performance battery is also located in the rear above the rear axle.
Other bits and bobs fitted to the duo include AMG Ride Control suspension with Adaptive Damping System, a three-stage AMG speed-sensitive steering and standard rear-axle steering, AMG sports braking system and AMG exhaust system with sporty engine sound, and a standard active rear-axle steering.
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