For the first time, Mercedes-AMG’s powerful eight-cylinder biturbo engine is available in a mid-size SUV, making the new Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S 4MATIC+ SUV and 4MATIC+ Coupé models Australia’s fastest SUV combination with acceleration from 0-100 km/h in just 3.8 seconds.
The pair of performance SUVs also feature 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.
Visually linking the GLC 63 S models with the Mercedes-AMG sports car family is the AMG Panamericana grille, which was previously reserved for AMG GT models. In addition, the new Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S models offer all the advantages of a Mercedes-Benz SUV: ample room for passengers and luggage, comprehensive array of safety equipment and superior traction in any road conditions.
As the only vehicles in their segment to be powered by an eight-cylinder biturbo engine, the Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S 4MATIC+ SUV and Coupé meet the wishes of mid-size performance SUV customers looking for a combination of superior power delivery along with a highly emotive, unmistakable engine sound.
“For us, the new GLC 63 4MATIC+ 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,” says Tobias Moers, CEO of Mercedes-AMG GmbH.
“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.”
V8 biturbo engine: a unique offering in the mid-size segment
In the GLC 63 S 4MATIC+ SUV and Coupé models, the proven AMG 4.0-litre V8 biturbo engine outputs 375 kW at 5500-6250rpm with maximum torque of 700 Nm from 1750rpm to 4500rpm. Acceleration from zero to 100 km/h is completed in just 3.8 seconds, while the top speed is 270 km/h (electronically limited).
The 4.0-litre eight-cylinder biturbo engine is already used in numerous AMG Performance vehicles. It is also installed in the AMG GT sports car with dry sump lubrication. A feature is that the two turbochargers are positioned not on the outside of the cylinder banks, but inside the cylinder “V”. The main advantages of this design are the compact engine construction, optimal response and low exhaust gas emissions. One mechanic assembles each engine in the engine shop in Affalterbach according to the “one man – one engine” principle.
Short shift times, high efficiency: the AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 9-speed transmission
The new GLC 63 S 4MATIC+ models feature the AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 9-speed transmission, which made its debut in the Mercedes-AMG E 63 4MATIC+. The driver benefits from extremely short shift/response times. Fast multiple downshifts and the double-declutching function make for a highly emotive gearshift experience.
AMG Performance 4MATIC+ variable all-wheel drive
The intelligent AMG Performance 4MATIC+ all-wheel drive system unites the advantages of different drive concepts: the fully variable torque distribution to the front and rear axles ensures optimal traction right up to the physical limit. The driver is also able to rely on high driving stability and handling safety under all conditions, both in the dry and in the wet, or in snow. The transition from rear-wheel to all-wheel drive and vice versa is seamless, because intelligent control is integrated into the overall vehicle system architecture.
A personalised experience: AMG DYNAMIC SELECT drive programs
Five AMG DYNAMIC SELECT drive programs – “Comfort”, “Sport”, “Sport +”, “Race” and “Individual” allow the driver to extensively influence the characteristics of the GLC 63 S 4MATIC+. This modifies key parameters, such as the response of engine, transmission, suspension, steering, ESP® and all-wheel drive.
“Comfort” is the balanced drive program with a comfort-oriented suspension and steering set-up as well as a fuel-efficient powertrain configuration with early upshifts – including smooth gearshifts and a restrained engine sound. The “Sport” and “Sport +” drive programs are designed for high driving dynamics. This results from an agile accelerator pedal characteristic with direct set-up and emotively appealing gearshifts with shorter shift times and double-clutching function on downshifts. The increased idle speed in “Sport +” also enables especially fast pull-away and acceleration from rest. In the “Race” drive program, all the parameters are configured for maximum performance.
Exhaust system with flap technology for variable engine sound
The as-standard typical V8 engine sound comes courtesy of an exhaust system with flap technology. It is controlled by a map and automatically operated depending on the AMG DYNAMIC SELECT drive program, the power demanded by the driver and the engine speed. The GLC 63 S 4MATIC + is also fitted with the Performance exhaust system, which allows the sound to be modulated at the press of a button.
Specific suspension for maximum lateral and longitudinal dynamics
New AMG suspension with fully supporting multi-chamber air suspension ensures exceptionally high levels of camber stability, driving dynamics and steering precision.
The front axle features a four-link design with special steering knuckles, optimised elastokinematics and radial brake connections. Independent wheel control and wheel suspension elements enable higher lateral acceleration with minimal torque steer. The concept for the rear axle was carried over from the E 63 4MATIC+ and specially matched to the requirements of the GLC. The model-specific multi-link concept offers highly precise wheel control and increased stiffness.
Electronic rear-axle limited-slip differential: optimal traction in all conditions
For improved traction and driving dynamics, the GLC 63 S 4MATIC+ uses an electronic rear-axle limited-slip differential. Reduced slip on the inside wheel when cornering allows the driver to accelerate out of corners earlier thanks to the improved traction. The greatest benefit of the electronic rear-axle limited-slip differential is more sensitive and faster control, which pushes the critical threshold higher, making it even easier to drive at the vehicle’s limits.
The GLC 63 S models also feature AMG’s high-performance composite braking system. The front dimensions are 390 x 36 mm, whilst the rear are 360 x 26 mm.
Expressive front end with Panamericana grille
A striking characteristic of the exterior design is the expressive front end: the new GLC 63 4MATIC+ is the first Mercedes-AMG Performance vehicle to feature the Panamericana grille, which was previously reserved for the AMG GT family of sports cars.
A wide front apron inspired by the design of a jet wing, with a large front splitter, impressively embodies the power of the new models. Wider wheel arch claddings at front and rear lend emphasis to the muscular looks.
The new side sill panels make the SUV and Coupé appear to sit lower on the road while elongating the overall lines. The SUV is for the first time provided with a spoiler lip on the roof, while the spoiler lip on the Coupé is familiar from the GLC 43 4MATIC.
Interior also with a consistent focus on driving dynamics
The interior underscores the leadership ambition of the new mid-size Performance SUVs in terms of driving dynamics. Features of the GLC 63 S models include a Performance steering wheel in black nappa leather / DINAMICA microfibre, leather-appointed AMG performance seats, and an AMG instrument cluster including a Race Timer.
The Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S 4MATIC+ SUV is priced at $164,900 (MRLP), while the GLC 63 S 4MATIC+ Coupé is priced at $171,900 (MRLP). Both models will begin to arrive at the end of this year.
An Exterior Carbon Package includes AMG carbon-fibre mirror housings and an AMG carbon-fibre rear lip spoiler on the Coupé, or an extension on the SUV. This package is priced at $4500 (MRLP).
An AMG High Performance Ceramic Braking System offers next-level performance stopping power. Ceramic brakes feature shorter stopping distances, have outstanding fade resistance and weigh 30% less than traditional brakes. They include a compound ceramic front disc with a diameter of 402 x 39 mm and a 6-piston fixed calliper, while the 360 x 26 mm rear integral brake disc has a single-piston combined floating brake calliper. The callipers are painted with “AMG Carbon Ceramic” lettering. The braking system is priced at $7500 (MRLP).
Exclusive “Edition 1” special model at market launch
The GLC 63 S 4MATIC+ models are also available at launch as an “Edition 1” special model: the exclusive combination of equipment details turn the special model into the flagship of the range.
Extras include distinctive paintwork in designo Selenite Magno; yellow sports stripes on the lower door and mirror housing; 21-inch AMG Cross-Spoke alloy wheels in black with a yellow rim flange; AMG Aerodynamics package comprising additional large front spoiler, enlarged rear diffuser with diffuser spoiler lip and specific spoiler lip in the rear area in high-gloss black; AMG High Performance Ceramic Braking System; AMG Performance seats in black nappa leather with yellow cross-stitching in diamond pattern; AMG Matt carbon-fibre interior trim; AMG Performance steering wheel in DINAMICA with a yellow marker at the 12 o’clock position; yellow highlights in the instrument clustert; and dashboard and door trims finished in yellow topstitching.
The Edition 1 package is a standout in looks and performance and priced from $10,900 (MRLP).
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