South African rapper Costa Titch tragically passed away on March 11th this year after collapsing twice onstage during a weekend performance. In the latest video that has been released from the Ultra South Africa concert near Johannesburg, Costa initially seemed fine, running on stage with a microphone and performing one of his songs.
However, later in the concert, he collapsed while singing another tune, briefly reaching for one of his backup singers before falling to the ground.
Despite efforts from his team and emergency responders to resuscitate him, they were unable to save him. The exact cause of his death was not disclosed. Costa’s family expressed gratitude to the first responders, and the Ultra South Africa venue expressed devastation over his loss, remembering him as a talented rapper, dancer, singer, songwriter, collaborator, and friend to the festival.
Costa Titch was well-known for his hit song “Big Flexa,” which had 45 million views on YouTube and featured Akon on the remix. Akon, who had signed Costa to his Konvict Muzik label, paid an emotional tribute on Instagram, praising Costa for his hard work and noting that he died doing what he loved most. Costa Titch was only 28 years old.
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Mercedes-Benz Unveils AMG-Tweaked GLC Coupe Twins
For those seeking a bit more style and sportiness in their sport utility vehicles, Mercedes-Benz has answered the call with the introduction of the AMG-tweaked GLC twins, featuring the GLC43 and the GLC63 S E Performance in sloped-roof Coupe format.
These new models combine the practicality of an SUV with the aesthetics of a coupe, promising an exhilarating driving experience.
Shared Underpinnings with AMG GLC SUVs
Beneath the sleek and stylish exteriors of the GLC Coupe twins, you’ll discover the same mechanical underpinnings found in the standard AMG GLC SUVs that made their debut earlier in the year. This means that both the GLC43 and GLC63 S E Performance benefit from top-notch engineering and performance-focused features.
High-Powered Engine Lineup
The GLC63 S E Performance stands out with its robust powertrain. It employs a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine generating a formidable 469 horsepower on its own. Additionally, it incorporates a single electric motor delivering an extra 201 horsepower.
This hybrid setup results in an impressive combined output of 671 peak horsepower and a staggering 752 pound-feet of torque. It’s worth noting that this peak power is available for a brief but exhilarating 10-second burst, delivering an electrifying driving experience.
Mild Hybrid Boost for GLC43
The GLC43, while not as powerful as its sibling, still packs a punch. It features the same turbocharged four-cylinder engine, but with a slightly lower output of 416 horsepower.
However, it gains a mild hybrid system that can provide an additional 13 horsepower when necessary. This hybrid setup contributes to improved efficiency and performance.
Advanced Drivetrain and Handling
Both the GLC43 and GLC63 S E Performance send power to all four wheels through Mercedes-Benz’s AMG Speedshift nine-speed transmission. Furthermore, they feature rear-axle steering and the AMG Ride Control suspension as standard, ensuring a precise and engaging driving experience. These performance enhancements make for confident and agile cornering, even in the Coupe body style.
Performance Figures Remain Impressive
Trimming down the SUV’s roofline to create the Coupe body style doesn’t compromise performance. The GLC43 can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.7 seconds, with a top speed electronically limited to 155 mph. On the other hand, the GLC63 S E Performance accomplishes the same 0-60 mph run in a mere 3.4 seconds, and its speed limiter doesn’t engage until it reaches an impressive 171 mph.
Interior and Cargo Space
While the performance remains consistent, interior space is where the Coupe models differ. The GLC63 S E Performance offers 13.8 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats in place, expanding to 47.1 cubic feet when the seats are folded.
In comparison, the GLC43 provides slightly more space, with 19.2 cubic feet when upright and 52.6 cubic feet with the rear seats folded. It’s important to note that these figures are slightly reduced compared to their SUV counterparts, reflecting the trade-off for the Coupe’s sleek and sporty design.
Pricing and Availability
Mercedes-Benz has not yet disclosed the pricing details for these new Coupe-SUV models. Additionally, specific release dates have not been provided. However, it’s worth mentioning that the GLC43 is designated as a 2024 model, while the GLC63 S E Performance will be available as a 2025 model.
These highly anticipated vehicles are expected to appeal to those who desire a blend of performance, style, and versatility in their luxury SUVs.