High-Performance Mercedes-AMG GLC63 Debuts With Bi-Turbo V8

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

Mercedes couldn’t wait until the New York Auto Show to introduce the new Mercedes-AMG GLC63 and GLC63 Coupe models.

For the first time in the Mercedes-AMG lineup, there is now a midsized SUV powered by an eight-cylinder biturbo engine. Both the Mercedes-AMG GLC63 and GLC63 Coupe will make their public debut at the 2017 New York Auto Show, sporting a 4.0-liter biturbo V8 engine with 469 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque. Those that want even more of a thrill from their SUV can opt for the GLC63 S Coupe with 503 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque. All three models feature an air spring suspension with adaptive, adjustable damping, AMG Performance 4MATIC all-wheel drive with fully variable torque distribution, a rear-axle limited slip differential and a high-performance braking system.

All that performance is good enough to send the GLC63 and GLC63 Coupe to 60 mph from a standstill in 3.9 seconds, while the GLC63 S Coupe does the sprint in 3.7 seconds.

The model is also unique as it’s the first one to receive the AMG Panamericana grille, which was previously seen only on the AMG GT family of sports cars.

All models have their powerplants paired to an AMG Speedshift MCT nine-speed transmission that originally made its debut on the Mercedes-AMG E63 S. The transmission promises to offer extremely short shift and response times. 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. Available as an option is the AMG Performance exhaust system, which allows the exhaust sound to be modulated at a press of a button.

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Along with the Panamericana grille, the exterior of both models are further differentiated by more aggressive styling featuring a wide front bumper that Mercedes-AMG says is inspired by the design of a jet wing. 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. Out back is a wide rear bumper and a diffuser finished in grained black, while the trim on the diffuser board is Matte Iridium Silver. The GLC63 SUV gets a spoiler lip on the roof, while the spoiler lip on the GLC63 Coupe and GLC63 S Coupe is the same found on the AMG GLC43 Coupe. The exhaust system has been finished with two high-gloss, chrome-plated twin tailpipe trims.

Inside the cabin, it’s both luxurious and sporty with MB-Tex man-made leather combined with DINAMICA microfiber. The instrument panel features the same leather cladding, while the GLC63 S Coupe gets additional contrast topstitching. The high-performance version also comes with an AMG Performance steering wheel and an AMG instrument cluster with red highlights.

Along with the AMG Performance exhaust system, optional extras for all models include the AMG Night package, AMG Exterior Carbon Fiber package, 20- or 21-inch alloy wheels and the AMG Performance Studio interior.

The Mercedes-AMG GLC63 and GLC63 Coupe models will arrive dealerships by early 2018 and pricing will be announced closer to its launch.

“For us, the new GLC63 is a quite special vehicle. It is no easy job designing an SUV to be highly sporty and dynamic while at the same time offering inherent extreme driving stability and efficiency. This required us to put our heart and soul, along with our many years of SUV expertise, into the development of this vehicle,” said Tobias Moers, CEO of Mercedes-AMG GmbH. “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. With our V8 biturbo engine, we hold a decisive unique selling point in the performance market. What is more, with both SUV and Coupe variants available, we offer the widest choice in the segment. The technical closeness to our sports cars is visually underlined by the Panamericana grille, which was previously reserved for our AMG GT models.”

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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at AutoGuide.com saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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  • Daniel Daniel on Apr 05, 2017

    you remove all the classics and replace them with aluminium and plastic? I am happy with my 1999 W163 ML320 and 2005 W211 E350. After these cars there will no more cheap plastic Mercedes for me again

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    • Kenny sauray Kenny sauray on Apr 06, 2017

      They are all great cars, hence the reason why i buy MB products, i have survived a 18 wheeler crash in a MB car. The newer cars are smarter and using aluminium for weight saving and also to minimize impact forces, then you have the new technology in these cars that are second to none to help avoid accidents. I totally agree with you that they are built tough, there's no doubts about that.