Mercedes-Benz is introducing a hotter -- and cooler -- version of the new 2017 GLC300 4Matic Coupe that debuted last spring at the New York Auto Show. Cranking up its enthusiast appeal, the 2017 Mercedes-AMG GLC43 Coupe will be shown at the upcoming Paris Auto Show sporting more aggressive styling and finely honed dynamics borrowed from its more conventional  Mercedes-AMG GLC43 SUV sibling.

Smoother operator

Like the GLC300 4Matic Coupe, this AMG Performance variant features a sleeker body shape set off by faster A- and C-pillars and lower greenhouse. These are complemented by edgier AMG fascias and bespoke bright/darks. Rounding out the mix are high-gloss black 20-inch AMG multi-spoke light-alloy wheels wrapped in staggered-width tires -- 255/45s up front 285/40s in the rear – a subtle decklid spoiler and dual-paired chrome exhaust tips. Rendered in black, red and custom aluminum accents, the GLC43 Coupe’s AMG-themed cabin includes a flat-bottom multifunction steering wheel, unique instrumentation complete with a data-logging Race Timer, sport bucket seats and a 40/20/40 split-folding rear bench. The standard Audio 20 infotainment system can be had with or without optional Comand telematics and a Wi-Fi hotspot while true audiophiles can upgrade to a 590-watt Burmester Surround Sound System.

Quick, comfortable, confident

Motivation for the new AMG GLC43 Coupe is supplied by an AMG-tweaked 3.0-liter Biturbo V6 packing a 362-horsepower while developing 384 lb-ft of peak torque that plateaus between 2,500-4,500 rpm. As in the AMG GLC43 SUV, cog-changing is done by a paddle-shift AMG-modified 9G-Tronic 9-speed automatic programmed to deliver significantly quicker shift times. Here too, it’s fitted with AMG Dynamic Select that offers Eco/Comfort/Sport/Sport+/Manual modes which can vary transmission shift points as well as throttle response, suspension stiffness and the feel of the dual-mode sport steering. The AMG Performance 4Matic AWD system features a 31/69-percent rear-biased torque distribution. Mercedes says the combination can send the AMG GLC43 Coupe from 0-60 mph in 4.8 seconds and onto a limited top speed of 130 mph.

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To help it carve corners with aplomb, the GLC43 Coupe rides on an AMG sport suspension with adaptive damping. Based on the automaker’s Air Body Control air suspension, it lets the driver fine-tune the ride characteristics with Comfort/Sport/Sport+ settings at the touch of a button.  For periodic off-road forays, the GLC43 Coupe also comes standard with Air Body Control that can increase ride height when traversing more rugged terrain.

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The  2017 Mercedes-AMG GLC43 Coupe as well as the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC300 4Matic are due in dealerships early next year. Pricing and EPA numbers for both will be released closer to their on-sale dates.

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