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Mercedes-AMG SLC43 Test Drive at Atlanta Classic Cars!

Mercedes AMG test drive

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!

GLE63I 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!

GLE63 and SLC43

The 2017 Mercedes-AMG GLC43 Coupe Visits Atlanta Classic Cars!


The 2017 Mercedes-AMG GLC43 Coupe is now available for sale in the US! My AMG trainer brought one by the dealership today so that we could see it before the first one arrives!

Highlights:

  • 362 horsepower from the biturbo V6
  • Base Price $59,650 plus Destination & Delivery
  • Standard 20″ Wheels
  • 5 mode Dynamic Select
  • Great Looks!

The GLE coupe has been out for about 2 years now and has been a huge success. My clients have loved having the functionality of an SUV in a less traditional wrapper. The GLC grows this segment with a smaller footprint. This would be a great vehicle for small parking situations! It has all of the presence of the larger vehicle without the size!

I was only able to drive it across the parking lot but it was excellent! It has better visibility than you normally see in coupes and the seating position is high without being tippy. This particular vehicle had the standard dinamica interior and it felt very sporty. With the Dynamic Select set to Sport+ it has all of the growl of the bigger AMG vehicles!

Since this is an SUV we should talk about the storage. It has a large cargo area with a very large opening. It  isn’t as tall as a traditional SUV in the back but it makes up for it with a very flat floor. The GLC43 is also standard with Air Suspension which allows the car to squat in the back for easier loading. This is an option in the GLC300. If you watch the video you’ll be able to see the cargo tray, scratch protector and cargo box in use. This makes for incredibly organized cargo! Nothing slid around at all!

This is the only Mercedes-Benz SUV that is currently built in Germany! The GLC is built in Bremen and is available for European Delivery. This would be an excellent time of year to plan your vacation!

We should be getting our first 2017 GLC43 coupe for inventory very soon. Please get in touch if you would like to schedule a test drive!

Ordering My New Mercedes-Benz – Help Me Decide!

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Dear Internet,

I am getting ready to order my new Mercedes-Benz and I just can’t decide on the colors! You’d think I spend enough time looking at the cars to know what I want but I’m feeling indecisive. I thought you might have an opinion.

First, I am not deciding between S63 cabriolets, even thought what is what is in the picture! I am pretty sure it is going to be a C43 Cabriolet. I have really enjoyed my E400 cabriolet but the new E-Class cabriolet won’t be ready when I need to switch cars. The engine in the 43 is a lot of fun and the new C-Class design is so beautiful! I know I would be happy with this vehicle. I’m not sure I’ll ever be without a cabriolet again!

Now, for the color. My go-to is white/saddle/black top. However, I need to get a different color this time. I’m in a rut. Gotta shake it up! Here are the things I know for sure:

  • Not White
  • Not Red Interior
  • Not Brown Top
  • Not Black with Black top
  • Definitely Sport Package, Night Package, Multispoke Wheel

That’s it. I am pretty open to everything else. Here is the link to the Build Your Own site. On the Summary Page there is a button to e-mail your build. Please do send it to me! jcw@atlantaclassiccars.com

My current favorite combos are: Paint/Leather/Top

  • Cardinal/Porcelain/Black
  • Selenite/Porcelain/Red
  • Lunar/Saddle/?
  • Iridium/Porcelain/Blue

Have you seen anything out in the world that you really loved? Is there a color that you think would be perfect for me? Is there a combination I am overlooking? I have about 2 weeks to make up my mind and then another month to change my mind a few times. :) The order will likely lock in by April for a May build and late June or early July delivery.

For those of you keeping track, my E400 lease is not officially up until November 2017. I am planning to use the Mercedes-Benz Loyalty Accelerator Program to waive my last couple of payments so I can make the switch early. I estimate that I will hit my total allowed miles in July!

Thanks in advance for your help!

-Jesse   @benzblogger

Pick up your 2018 C43 and C63 Coupe or Cabriolet via European Delivery – Now with a 5% Discount!

Bertha S550 Sindelfingen

The AMG models have been excluded from the European Delivery Program discounts for years…but that is changing! The 2018 Mercedes-AMG C43 and C63 coupe and cabriolet will be available, starting August 2017, with a 5% discount! You can pick up this car in Sindelfingen or Bremen! September would be an amazing month for a top down tour of Germany!

There are a lot of reasons to opt for a European Delivery and the discount offered on most models has always been a strong incentive. Most models qualify for a 7% discount as well as having the $925 destination fee waived! The European Delivery trip includes one night at a great hotel, taxi vouchers and a meal at the delivery center. Mercedes-Benz now offers a $200 waiver on Delta (direct flights from ATL to STR)! In short, this is a deal!

The AMG and S-Class vehicles would also qualify for a Center of Excellence Delivery if you would like to spend some additional time with the Mercedes-Benz experts at the factory and have a four course meal!

mercedes restaurant

So, let’s do the math! You want a 2018 C43 cabriolet this fall. MSRP is about $70,000. Let’s subtract the $925 destination fee and then 5% (about $3500) and you get a sale price around $65,500! That $4500 in savings will easily pay for airfare for two ($400 Delta discount applies!) and a week of fun in Europe! If you want a $100,000 C63 S you save even more!

You do have the option to lease, purchase or pay cash when you take delivery in Europe. It is kind of like taking delivery in the US, except you get to do it twice! You’ll meet your new car for the first time in Germany and then, six to eight weeks later, you meet her again in the US! I can even make arrangements to have it shipped to a dealership closer to your home if you do not live in the Atlanta area!

So, if there weren’t enough reason to love the C43 and C63, now you can love them in Europe!

Mercedes in Mexico!

I went to Mexico and collected pictures of some great Mercedes-Benz vehicles! If you want to share your Mercedes vacation photos with me I would love to see them! jcw@atlantaclassiccars.com

Mexico

Mercedes-AMG GLE43 AMG Test Drive!

We just got a 2017 GLE43AMG SUV in stock and I had to take it for a spin!

Future Mercedes-Benz Vehicles

The Future Vehicles section at MBUSA.com is currently full of awesome new things! See what’s on the horizon!

Future Vehicles

5 Great Reasons to do a Mercedes-Benz European Delivery!

I have picked up three cars in Germany and each trip is better than the last! Let me give you a few reasons you should buy your next Mercedes-Benz through the European Delivery Program!

European Deilvery Sindelfingen

1 – The Mercedes-Benz Experience

This the front door of the European Delivery Center in Sindelfingen. It is a huge facility with an amazing staff, awesome Mercedes-Benz merchandise and the home of this Giant Star! You really feel the brand heritage and pride that comes with having chosen The Best or Nothing!

European Delivery Hotels

2 – The Food

This is the real reason we all travel, right? I have stayed at more than 10 of the hotels booked through Mercedes-Benz as a part of the European Delivery Package. Two trips with the full Black Forest Package and one with a single night. Without exception they have amazing food! I would go to Europe just to eat breakfasts! This was taken at the Grand Hotel Kempinski on the shore of Lake Geneva.

European Delivery Friends3 – Making New Friends

As you travel you’ll meet lots of other Mercedes owners, people who want to ask about your strange tourist tags and fellow adventurers. It is great ice breaker to be in your new car! When using the Mercedes-Benz Travel Packages you’ll often run into other Americans doing the same things. It is fun to share the experience!

European Delivery Navigation4 – European Roads

Look at those squiggly lines! When is the last time you found that many switchbacks to drive through? Have you even been on the autobahn? This is a great way to experience your Mercedes-Benz. It is engineered to go fast! It wants to show you the impressive handling! Let it show off! Also, if your new car is equipped with navigation, it will work in Europe. It’s easy to travel there.

European Delivery Parking European Delivery Driving5 – The Scenery

Wherever you take your new car in Europe there are amazing things to see! You are just hours from mountains, beaches, and cities. All of my vacation pictures are of cars in front of things but you could include people. :) The tulips of Holland, the vineyards of Italy, the Alps in Switzerland, the cliffs of Portugal, it goes on and on! I have tons of recommendations!

Those are just 5 quick reasons to pick up a car via European delivery. There are a million more! Please do get in touch if you would like help planning a great trip! I can schedule your European Delivery no matter where you live in the US. jcw@atlantaclassiccars.com

AMG Key Back Directions!

These are the simplest and easiest instructions I have ever seen! Nailed it!

AMG Key Back

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