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07 April, 2017, 09:01 | Author: Nadine Todd
  • Mercedes-AMG C63 S Cabriolet interior

Mercedes-AMG claims the high-performance SUV can do 0 to 100 km/h in 4 seconds.

Mercedes says the GLC63 will make its debut this month, so next week's NY show would be the logical place to launch it, ahead of sales commencing in June. In the standard GLC63 and GLC63 Coupe, the hand-built 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 makes 469 hp and 479 lb-ft of torque; however, if that's not enough the GLC63 S Coupe kicks it up a few notches with 503 hp and 516 lb-ft. According to Tobias Moers, CEO of Mercedes-AMG GMBH, the vehicle boasts a "technical closeness" with their flagship sports grand tourer, the AMG GT. Wider wheel arch claddings add emphasis to the models' muscular looks while new side sill panels make them appear to sit lower on the road.

This is a mid-sized (by SUV standards anyway) all-wheel drive sledgehammer that shares its four-litre, twin-turbo V8 with Affalterbach's two-door hotshot, the AMG GT - and it's available in both 350kW standard or 375kW S tuning, as either the GLC 63 4Matic+ or the GLC 63 4Matic+ Coupé, each with air suspension, adaptive adjustable damping, a limited-slip rear differential (mechanical on the 63, electronic on the S) and AMG's nine-speed Speedshift MCT transmission. There is also an exhaust system with flap technology for variable engine sound, with the flap controlled automatically depending on the AMG Dynamic Select drive program. Also, as with the C63 coupe and cabriolet, the GLC63 coupes (and SUV) get wide-body fenders, broad front aprons, and rear diffuser elements between their rectilinear quad exhaust tips.

The GLC 63 Coupe also features a carbon fiber ducktail spoiler on its tailgate.

Inside the cabin, it's both luxurious and sporty with MB-Tex man-made leather combined with DINAMICA microfiber. The GLC63 Coupe and S Coupe also have an additional Race setting in which all driving parameters are configured for maximum performance.

The S model adds a sports steering wheel in black nappa leather and Dinamica microfibre, AMG badges on the leather-trimmed head restraints and a special instrument cluster with red highlights.

Underscoring the link to AMG's rich performance history, all GLC63 models are fitted with Panamericana-inspired grille treatment previously reserved for the AMG GT family of sports cars. There's a GLC63 Coupe too, but we'll deal with that in a sec. "The result is an SUV that can be driven with high precision and agility and which, if required, is equally at home on a high-speed lap of the race track". All models will feature extended wheelarches that accommodate the large wheels needed to house such powerful brakes, while a deep chin spoiler incorporates a prominent front splitter.

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