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2017 Mercedes-AMG GLC43: The 'AMG' stands for AM-azing performance
As my drive partner and I pulled on to the Autobahn near Stuttgart, Germany, in the 2017 Mercedes-AMG GLC43, I found myself giddy with anticipation. Although I was just a passenger, the thought of legally speeding over 100 mph left me feeling like a little school girl when she sees her crush: nervous but with a pleasantly rolly tummy.
Traffic was fairly heavy as my drive partner accelerated past trucks and smaller economy cars. The twin turbo V6 engine puts out 362 horsepower, plenty to push the speedometer needle to 150 kilometers per hour, then 160, and quickly to 170 before we settled in with the flow of traffic at 180. That would be 111 miles per hour here in the states, a few steps below the GLC43's electronically limited top speed of 130 mph.
The crossover handled the speed like a champ. Wind noise is minimal and when speed limit signs appeared, which happens in populated areas or at interchanges, the brakes grabbed nicely without being too touchy. Keeping the GLC43 in Comfort mode on the well-maintained Autobahn kept the ride smooth and easy. Frankly, it felt like we were going much slower and I could have easily taken a nap.