The madmen at Mercedes-AMG have cobbled together the GLE43 coupe as if it is a perfect luxury city drive coupe in Dubai, with seemingly mismatched parts, styling elements, and performance goodies creating an unexpectedly clever amalgamation. Its fastback roofline, giant air intakes, quad exhaust pipes, and snorting twin-turbocharged engine mask the large, high-riding SUV underneath. Indeed, it’s a mixed breed of muscle car and monster truck—a muscle monster, if you will—with both the performance and the compromised practicality one might expect from such a mash-up.
The 3.0-liter V-6 is force-fed by two turbochargers to the tune of 362 horsepower and 384 lb-ft of torque. That’s 215 horsepower and 177 lb-ft less than the GLE43’s more powerful stablemate, the GLE63 S coupe, makes from its 5.5-liter twin-turbo V-8, but this junior AMG’s 5.3-second blast to 60 mph is enough to put a smile on any driver’s face. It’s quicker to 60 mph which managed the run in 5.7 seconds. The GLE43 was slightly slower, however than the nearly identical Mercedes-Benz GLE450 coupe that we tested last year; that model changed its name to Mercedes-AMG GLE43 (no Benz) after a single selling season.