The local shop has unleashed a whole army of new AMG models for your consideration – C43 AMG coupé, sedan and cabriolet; GLC 43 and GLC 43 coupé; GLE 43 and GLE coupé and a lone SLC 43 AMG. All are powered by a 270kW and 520Nm producing biturbo 3,0-litre V6 mated to a 9G-tronic transmission. Their sole purpose is simply to offer a lower-cost entry-point into the nearly 50-model strong AMG lair. With heightened musicality in their exhaust tones, keen performance, zero theatrics and no preposterously massive spoilers, diffusers or oversized rubber sticking out of their body-shells, the simplicity in styling is at least above regular Mercedes-Benz variants.
We’ve just tasted the whole lot and, as expected, some are surprisingly good while some are, well, let’s just say they don’t embarrass. Shall we rate them from totally must-have to just good?
The SLC 43 is the tiniest and lightest, thus the most badass! It’s also the one model singled out with traditional rear-wheel drive instead of pulling with all fours. It’s perched on a pedestal for being the official replacement of the SLK 55 AMG.
In GLC 43 AMG form, the medium-sized SUV takes on an entirely new and menacing alter ego. The optional body add-ons sharpen its public profile and, taken out for a speedy drive out on an empty but technical road, it will impress with solid handling that will show its larger GLE sibling flames.
The C43 coupé and its ragtop sister are a joyful duo. Their extra girth doesn’t overwhelm the little V6 and their all-round performance – especially on track where their noses come into play when gunning after apexes – demonstrates their spirited nature. They also look fantastic, more especially the topless model.
And the just good
The GLE – the new ML for those who’ve forgotten – is a bit of a damp squib when it comes to performance. All of its power is absorbed by its sheer girth, being as wide as it is.
Mercedes-AMG C43 4M sedan R858 400
Mercedes-AMG C43 4M coupé R928 100
Mercedes-AMG C43 4M cabriolet R1 050 300
Mercedes-AMG SLC 43 roadster R1 037 400
Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 4MATIC R960 400
Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 4MATIC coupé R1 070 900
Mercedes-AMG GLE 43 4MATIC R1 206 700
Mercedes-AMG GLE 43 4MATIC coupé R1 297 500