The Mercedes-AMG GLE 43 Coupe mixes daily functionality with a twist of fun | RobbReport Malaysia

The Mercedes-AMG GLE 43 Coupe mixes daily functionality with a twist of fun

High on exhilaration

AMG models are known for their muscular appearance, brutal sounding exhaust note and monstrous performance. Another attribute worth noting is the hand-built engines, where each motor is strictly assembled and approved only by one builder. This has been AMG’s point of pride.

However, the AMG GLE 43 Coupe is different compared to its V8-powered cousins. Affalterbach was involved in some tunings, key to which is the 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 mill that churns out 384bhp and 520Nm. Though it still retains the same torque figure, it still succeeds the 367bhp of the GLE 450.

Despite its hefty 2,220kg kerb weight, the AMG GLE 43 Coupe is no slouch on a straight-line. As a result, it sprints from a standstill to 100km/h in just 5.7 seconds before topping off at a governed 250km/h. Also, the 4Matic powertrain guarantees superior traction over unpredictable surfaces.

With five modes available, drivers can choose from Comfort, Slippery, Sport, Sport Plus, and Individual. The last option enables you to customise your preferred driving characteristics. For Sport Plus, it immediately transforms this sizeable establishment into a beast in search of some corner carving action.

In that vein, the AMG GLE 43 Coupe responses with vigour with Sport Plus chosen as the mode of conduct. Thanks to the stiffened dampers and sharpened throttle response, it matches a hot-hatch closely in finesse, well-heeled in feedback and remarkable in dynamics. Likewise, the close to nonexistent turbo-lag assures a rapid take-off after completing a corner.

The sweet sounding exhaust plays an addictive tune of crackles and pops while shifting gears. For a more conventional drive, simply toggle the AMG Select knob to Comfort and enjoy the V6’s silky characteristics.

Given its size, occupants will find the interior accommodation a pleasant place to be. Though it’s able to ferry two passengers at the back comfortably, the generous use of carbon-fibre trims placed around the cabin still serves you a reminder of its sporting nature. All in all, the AMG GLE 43 Coupe is a capable all-rounder that will satisfy your need.

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Published March 10, 2018
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