Future Models - Mercedes-AMG 2017 GLC63
New York show: Mercedes-AMG reveals full-fat GLC63
Great eight: When it goes on sale, the GLC63 S will be the only mid-size SUV on the market to pack a V8 under its hood.
3.8-second 0-100km/h dash for twin-turbo Mercedes-AMG V8 GLC63 S and S Coupe
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5 April 2017
MERCEDES-AMG has revealed its twin-turbo V8 GLC63 SUV and Coupe siblings ahead
of its public debut at the New York motor show next week, before arriving in
Australian showrooms at the end of this year.
When it arrives Down Under in about December, it will have a unique selling
point as the only mid-size SUV on the market to sport an eight-cylinder engine
under the bonnet, which gives it performance figures that would embarrass some
two-door performance models.
The GLC63 will be offered in two states of tune – the base GLC63’s 4.0-litre
twin-turbo V8 shared with the AMG GT sportscar that delivers 350kW/650Nm, and
can sprint to 100km/h from standstill in a claimed four seconds flat.
Meanwhile, the hotter GLC63 S takes power output up to 375kW/700Nm, and does
the 0-100km/h dash in just 3.8s, making it faster to 100km/h than the likes of
the BMW M5 (4.2s) and the all-new Audi RS5 Coupe (3.9s), while matching the
time of the new 404kW/770Nm Porsche Panamera Turbo.
Both variants employ a nine-speed automatic transmission that was first used in
the new E63, with power being sent to all four wheels through Mercedes’
Performance 4Matic+ all-wheel-drive system, which continuously computes ideal
torque distribution across all four wheels and can switch from rear- to
all-wheel drive when required.
Mercedes-Benz Australia senior manager public relations, product and corporate
communications David McCarthy confirmed that Australia will be getting the
hotter GLC63 S, but the base variant was still under consideration.
“It’s a little early (to say),” he said. “S definitely, but not sure about the
other yet, because we haven’t even negotiated price yet.”
“Either way we’re probably looking at December (for an Australian arrival).”
The GLC63 gets Mercedes’ three-chamber air suspension system, with a four-link
design with independent wheel control and wheel suspension elements on the
front axle, while the rear axle borrows the E63’s multi-link setup which the
brand says provides the car with greater driving dynamics and steering
Like other AMG models, the GLC63 can change spring and damper stiffness to
three different levels to prioritise comfort or sportiness with the springs
stiffening automatically in the event of sudden load changes, fast cornering,
or heavy accelerating or braking.
Wheels are 19-inch, ten-spoke alloy rims painted titanium grey and they come
standard shod in 235/55 R19 front and 255/5 R19 rear rubber, with 20- or
21-inch alloy wheels offered as an optional extra.
Traction and dynamic ability is enhanced by the inclusion of a mechanical
limited-slip differential (LSD) on the rear axle for the GLC63, while the S
gets an electronic LSD.
Stopping power comes courtesy of 390mm perforated and ventilated brake discs at
front and rear.
Styling on both SUV and Coupe variants is typically AMG, with beefy lower air
intakes and front splitter, quad-pipe exhaust and rear diffuser, however the
GLC63 also gets the vertically-striped Panamerica grille, which was previously
reserved for variants of the GT sportscar family but will be rolled out to
other AMG models.
Four drive modes are able to be selected – Comfort, Sport, Sport Plus, and
Individual, while the S adds a fifth Race mode for flat out performance.
For those who feel that the sound of a 4.0-litre twin-turbo AMG-tuned V8 is not
enough, a Performance exhaust system is available which boosts aural output at
the press of a button.
Other options include a Night package which throws in a number of dark-tinted
bodykit parts, a carbon-fibre package and the AMG Performance Studio interior
package which adds performance front-row seats and trimmings of Nappa leather
and carbon-fibre throughout the cabin.
Mercedes-AMG also announced it will be offering a special Edition 1 variant for
launch, as was done for the C63 Coupe.
The Edition 1 includes the Night package, a number of yellow exterior details
on the side sills, wheel rims and side mirrors, and interior enhancements such
as black Nappa leather with yellow stitching, carbon-fibre/aluminium dash trim,
and a flat-bottomed steering wheel.
Mr McCarthy confirmed that Australia would get a limited number of GLC63
Edition 1s, however exact numbers were yet to be confirmed.
Mercedes-AMG CEO Tobias Moers said the GLC63 presented a potent blend of
dynamic ability and SUV practicality.
“It is no easy job designing an SUV to be highly sporty and dynamic while at
the same time offering inherent extreme driving stability,” he said.
“This required us to put our heart and soul, along with our many years of SUV
expertise, into the development of this vehicle.
“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.”
The GLC63 will join the 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 GLC43 as the other AMG-fettled
model in the Mercedes mid-size SUV range when it arrives in December.