AMG GLC63 Pushes the Limits of SUV Performance

The 510 hp AMG GLC63 S goes zero to 62 mph in 3.8 seconds and still has plenty of room for the kids

byDave Bartosiak| UPDATED Nov 13, 2017 5:07 PM
AMG GLC63 Pushes the Limits of SUV Performance

This performance SUV thing is starting to get ridiculous. Ridiculous in the most awesome way possible. We’re all on the edge of our seats waiting for the unveiling of Lamborghini’s new Urus. But the stampeding bull isn’t the only eye-popping performance SUV waiting to be revved up.

The mad scientists at AMG have been cranking out limit-pushing SUVs since the debut of the ML55 in 1999. The latest offering from the legendary tuning and design team is the Mercedes AMG GLC63 line. It marks the first time a mid-size Mercedes SUV is available with the powerful twin-turbo V8 in two different output variants. Enthusiasts can choose from the GLC and GLC Coupe with the 476 horsepower version or the GLC S and GLC S Coupe with the 510 hp V8. Both versions of the GLC S accelerate from zero to 62 mph in 3.8 seconds.

Each of the four models features an air spring suspension with adaptive adjustable dampening, AMG Performance 4MATIC+ all-wheel drive with fully variable torque distribution, a limited-slip rear differential, and a high-performance braking system. The new models also borrow the AMG Panamericana grille from the AMG GT family. That makes for a very aggressive looking SUV with enough power to spank most anything pulling up to the red light alongside you. All while comfortably seating the whole family along with enough luggage for the holiday trek to the in-laws.

Beautiful AMG GT grille on the GLC63 S, Daimler AG

Tobias Moers, CEO of Mercedes-AMG GmhH, says, “For us, the new GLC 63 4MATIC+ is a very 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. 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. With our V8 bi-turbo engine, we hold a decisive USP in the Performance market. What is more, with SUV and Coupé, we offer the widest choice in the segment. Also, the technical closeness to our sports cars is visually underlined by the AMG Panamericana grille, which was previously reserved for our AMG GT models.”

This race to build the biggest, baddest SUV is getting interesting. These large vehicles are putting up numbers supercars could barely touch just a decade ago. It’s a great time to be a soccer mom with a lead foot.