On the inside, there are even more subtle changes. The standard, circular steering wheel has been replaced by a flat-bottom sport steering wheel that features controls for the 5.5-inch driver information display in the instrument cluster. The AMG badge and a chrome insert have been applied to the bottom spoke of the steering wheel, and the top of the steering wheel is held together with red contrast stitching. The dials on the instrument cluster feature unique numbering, with a checkered flag background and red needles.
As far as seating goes, the seats up improved lateral support over the base GLC, allowing the driver and passenger to hold their position during more intense maneuvers. The seats, door trim, dash leather, and center console leather are also held together by red contrast stitching. Silver inserts are used on the door trims and the face of the dash where there is normally wood trim on the standard GLC. The center console has a clear-finished carbon fiber insert that adds to the sporty and stylish look of the interior. The interior can also be optioned with performance seats and carbon fiber trim throughout.
Safety & Suspension
Since the GLC comes standard with a 2.0-liter that produces far less than 300 horsepower, some work went into making sure the GLC43 is safe with all that power at its disposal. Up front, the four-link front axle has specially designed steering knuckles and load bearing joints. The front axle and the multi-link rear axle run a negative camber and have elastokinematics that make the SUV more rigid and agile. The sport suspension system is based on Air Body Control, and there is an adaptive damping system that offers three manual adjustments: Comfort, Sport, and Sport Plus.
Another feature on the GLC43 is the speed-sensitive sports steering with a variable ratio. It offers precise and authentic feedback with the steering gear changing dependent on whether the GLC43 is in Sport of Comfort mode. The variable ratio is adjusted automatically when a selection is made with the AMG Dynamic Select system. The interior-ventilated compound brake discs measure 14.2-inchs around and 1.4-inches thick in the front, and 12.6-inches around and 0.9-inches thick in the rear. Four-piston brake calipers press the brake pads against the rotors.
Outside of these features, expect the GLC43 to have all of the other safety features incorporated into the standard GLC SUV.
The drivetrain is undoubtedly the heart of what makes the Mercedes-AMG GLC43 so special. For the first time, a V-6 is brought into the GLC lineup. Naturally, AMG chose to go with the 3.0-liter biturbo V-6 that produces 362 horsepower and 384 pound-feet of torque. The twin turbos are mounted close to the engine and run at 15 psi. Power is routed to all four wheels via a 9G-Tronic nine-speed transmission that has a multiple downshift feature, allowing the driver to drop more than one gear at a time. The 4MATIC AWD system distributes 69 percent of the engine’s torque to the rear wheels and 31 percent to the front.
Driving dynamics such as throttle response, transmission shift points, suspension characteristics, and idle speed can all be adjusted via AMG Dynamic Select. This system offers several modes, including Eco, Comfort, Sport, Sport Plus, and Individual. In Sport and Sport Plus mode, the transmission shifts at a higher engine speed, while Eco mode has a start/stop function for additional fuel savings. Furthermore in Eco mode, the engine and transmission are separated by a clutch when the accelerator is released, allowing the engine to return to idle speed while the vehicle coasts down the road.
According to Mercedes, The AMG GLC43 can do the 60 mph sprint in just 4.8 seconds with top speed electronically limited to 155 mph. When you think about it, that is pretty darn good for a mid-sized SUV.
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