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It is a beautiful day for a test drive! We have had an influx of Mercedes-AMG vehicles with the new 43 designation and I needed to get a few miles under my belt so I can adequately explain the feel. Also, did I mention how nice it is outside? One of my colleagues joined me in a GLE63 AMG for comparison.
The 63 is a familiar engine to AMG enthusiast and carries the “One Man, One Engine” tradition. The 43 is something else. It started life as the V6 bi-turbo from models like the E400 or 2016 C450. Then the vehicle was given to AMG to be enhanced. Suspension, Transmission, body work, and exhaust were all modified and the final result is an AMG vehicle with most of the feel and growl…without all of the price!
I drove the Mercedes-AMG SLC43 around Duluth on both city streets and the highway. In town, the SLC remains the best go-kart! I felt like I should be wearing a helmet! It is much faster than I need it to be, accelerating from a stop with giggle inducing speed. It feels powerful but light and very nimble. The brakes are equally impressive. I was able to shake the GLE63 as we went through some tight turns (but it did come roaring back on the straights). The handling on an SLC is as fun as it ever was in the SLK55 but it feels a little smoother and much cushier.
Accelerating onto the highway was a joy! It is fast, of course, but it is also stable and predictable. You can tell that it was built for the autobahn! The steering is speed sensitive so you don’t get any twitchiness at high speeds. You could easily cruise a couple of hundred miles at highway speed without any fear of the bigger vehicles.
I think the SLC43 AMG is exactly what we need it to be! Come test drive yourself!
There are more 43 video reviews on my YouTube channel if you would like to see it in action!
We just got a 2017 GLE43AMG SUV in stock and I had to take it for a spin!
Went for a test drive yesterday. Recorded it for you. Please join me! Subscribe to my YouTube channel for more videos!
This is the result of my previous Cargo Area Experiment in the GLE-Class! A happy Lab is the best reward!
I was trying these out for a customer today in a GLE-Class and thought someone else might be interested.
1 – Wire Mesh Divider Part Number A1668600042
This is a super heavy duty divider! It took two people to get it positioned in the car and is a bear to screw in. However, if you plan to leave it in full time it is very clean looking and would certainly keep everything in the cargo area contained! Approximate cost: $500
2 – Old Dog Net from 2013 or so
I am guessing everyone who had an ML in 2013 has one of these kicking around the garage because it came standard back then. It is out of production now but I am sure you could find one on Ebay or Craig’s list. It is cloth mesh on the top and straps on the bottom, folds in half for easy storage and would allow objects to pass under with the seats folded flat.
There you go! Two containment options!
Apple CarPlay® is designed to allow the same clean, simple interface that users enjoy on their iPhone® to be also shown on their vehicle’s display.
Functionality of Apple CarPlay® includes:
CLA, GLA, B-Class from December 1 Production: Smartphone Integration Package $350 or Included with Multimedia Package
E-Class, CLS-Class from December 1 Production: Included with premium 1 Package
GLE-Class from January 8 Production: Included with premium 1 Package
I happened to have a GLE63 AMG and a GLE450 AMG Sport coupe on the lot at the same time so I ran right out and made a video!
Starting in Model Year 2016, many Mercedes-Benz models are equipped with remote start through the mbrace system! GLE-Class, GLC-Class, most S-Class and the C-Class sedan are ready to go! Other models will be added down the line. This cannot be retrofit!
When you login to the mbrace app on your phone you will see this screen: (click on image to see larger)
Once you have hit remote start the signal runs through two secure servers and your vehicle starts:
Now, where did you leave your Mercedes-Benz?
Here is the video of my SUV comparison!