We’re not really recommending the coupe-fied version of the GLE series – due to practicality issues – but here’s another argument to get the regular one.
Starting early 2017 for the first time the GLE will arrive in an AMG 43 version to replace the older GLE400, with pricing expected to slot below the “coupe” version available in the US starting from $69, 650 MSRP. This is the ninth AMG 43 version for the company and we already know the credentials – biturbo 3.0-liter V6 engine with 362 horsepower (270 kilowatts) and 384 pound-feet (520 Newton-meters) of torque, just like in the GLC 43 Coupe. As always, there’s a nine speed automatic transmission taking care of power delivery, while the 4Matic all-wheel drive system is also standard.
The performance credentials include a 60 mph (96 km/h) sprint lasting 5.6 seconds and an electronically-controlled maximum speed of 155 mph (250 km/h). In the range the GLE43 sits under the GLE63 and comes with a wide roster of AMG goodies: sporty suspension, updated brakes, better steering and throttle response. It also packs a more aggressive body kit when compared to the regular GLE versions. Inside, the GLE43 has new paddle shifters and optional sport seats – as well as a wide array of standard and optional equipment.