Mercedes recently unveiled the GLC63 AMG, both in standard SUV and Coupe body trims, and it proves that there is no car an AMG tuned V8 can’t make magnificent. If you have seen video clips of the car accelerating, you’ll know why I consider this to be one of the best sounding V8s currently in production.
The SUVs are powered by Mercedes’ brilliant 4.0 Biturbo V8, which hurls them to 100km/h in 3.8 seconds, of which the GLC63 S trim shaves 2 tenths of a second off. A 9 speed Speedshift transmission puts 469 HP (503 in the S trim) down with the help of 4matic all-wheel-drive. The drivetrain remains unchanged from the pre-facelift model, a testament to how good it already is.
As with Mercedes, the interior is expected to be top notch and it delivers, although the visibility in the Coupe is at a significant disadvantage due to the rear sloping roofline. It has all the elements of modern comfort and technology, while still feeling old fashioned because of the brash and bold powertrain. To get yourself in one of these, Mercedes will happily take away $70,000 American dollars from your bank account for the GLC63, and almost $10,000 more for the GLC63 S Coupe. This might be the last opportunity to enjoy this magnificent powertrain, as rumors suggest Mercedes may downsize and move to a 2.0 turbo drivetrain for their future AMG cars. Which actually might be a good thing, considering our tax structures—in their current form, Rancon Motors Ltd. will not be bringing them in.