We recently got our hands on the new Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S 4Matic+, a compact crossover with serious performance potential.
Like many other new AMG models, it packs a twin-turbo V8 engine under its hood. Paired with that motor is a nine-speed gearbox and a fancy new all-wheel-drive system that’s shared with the bonkers new E-Class AMG that allows 100 percent of the power to be delivered to the rear wheels. This all-wheel-drive system also allows for an insane zero-to-62-mph time of 3.8 seconds, something that tops a number of other surprising cars. Here are some interesting cars that are outdone by this new Mercedes SUV.
Tesla Model X 100D
An all-electric, all-wheel-drive crossover, the Model X 100D will take 4.1 seconds to reach highway speeds. Of course, models with the Ludicrous mode will achieve a faster time, but the majority of models out there will be outhustled by Mercedes-AMG’s fire-breathing monster.
Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT
The SRT-powered Grand Cherokee will lose to Mercedes’ newest AMG in the sprint to 60 mph. This 6.4-liter V8 makes just 475 hp and 470 lb-ft compared to the 503 horsepower in the Mercedes, so it makes sense why the Jeep takes almost a whole second longer to hit highway speeds.
Porsche Macan Turbo
Those first two SUVs are bigger than the GLC, so here’s something closer to its size. The Macan Turbo with the Performance Package, which is the fastest iteration of the Macan, features 440 horsepower and can hit highway speeds in 4.2 seconds, which still isn’t enough to topple the GLC 63 AMG. The new Cayenne Turbo is also slightly behind the GLC, doing the sprint in 3.9 seconds.
Bentley Continental GT Speed
This ultra luxurious Bentley convertible uses a 6.0-liter twin-turbo W12 engine to hustle, allowing it to hit 60 mph in 4.1 seconds. A new Continental coupe was recently announced that is substantially faster, but we’ll wait to see the number on the convertible because right now the droptop is being left in the dust by Mercedes’ new crossover.
Ford Mustang GT/Camaro SS
These two popular pony cars have nothing on the Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S. Both the Chevrolet Camaro SS and the Ford Mustang GT hit highway speeds in around 4 seconds, which is impressive, but not enough to challenge something from Mercedes’ high-performance development team.
BMW M2, M3, M6
Almost all of BMW’s high-performance cars are slower to highway speeds than the AMG SUV. Almost every car from the M division will take around 4 seconds to hit highway speeds, and the only exceptions are the M4 with the performance package, which matches the GLC’s time of 3.8 seconds, and the new M5 that does it in just 3.2 seconds.
Jaguar F-Type R Coupe
Jaguar’s 550-horsepower sports coupe is an impressively fast car, but it’s not fast enough to catch a GLC AMG at full bore. It may, however, match the Mercedes product in making cool noises because both sound incredible.
Ford Mustang Shelby GT350
With its unique sounding 5.2-liter V8, the Mustang GT350 is an unbelievably awesome car, which makes it so strange to see its zero-to-60-mph time of 4.3 seconds. It’s slower than the Mercedes for sure, but we might be more inclined to take one of these for a lap around our local race track over the GLC AMG.
Porsche 911 GTS
Porsche has so many different iterations of the 911, but it turns out that many of them aren’t as fast as the new Mercedes SUV. One favorite, the 911 GTS, which uses a 450-horsepower twin-turbo flat six engine, is rated to do the sprint to 60 in just 4.1 seconds. It’s worth noting, however, that time is achieved only when the car is equipped with a manual transmission, which we’ll all agree is more fun, even if it’s slower than the dual-clutch PDK model.
Aston Martin DB11
Aston Martin makes two versions of its beautiful coupe and both are slower than the AMG GLC 63. The V12 model, which makes 600 horsepower, does the sprint in 3.9 seconds, which is plenty quick. The 4.0-liter V8 version of the DB11 actually uses an AMG engine (the same one made in AMG’s factory alongside the V8 found in the GLC), but it is still too slow to keep up with the crossover, doing the sprint in just 4 seconds.
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