Roller with plenty of steam
Monster coupe weighs more than two tonnes but beats Porsches to the speed limit
IT turns out you can get too much of a good thing.
On the one hand, the Mercedes-Benz GLE 63 AMG Coupe is an engineering marvel.
How the boffins in Germany can get a 2.2-tonne vehicle from rest to 100km/h faster than a Porsche boggles the mind.
But the GLE 63 AMG is fascinating for another reason: it gives me an insight into how ridiculous those high-riding utes must be to drive when equipped with oversized, monster truck tyres.
The GLE rides on massive 22-inch rims, with tyres wide enough — if they weren’t made of rubber — to be used on a road roller.
They may look good in photos by filling the pumped out wheelarches and creating what appears to be a full-size Hot Wheels toy. Just don’t dare hit a bump or drive on a road that is not billiard-table smooth.
On Australia’s worn-out roads, where heat and heavy trucks push the tarmac out of shape, the Mercedes GLE 63 AMG can make you feel you’re swinging from side to side, as on a giant twisty water slide.
This clearly falls into the #firstworldproblem category but I reckon the boffins back in Germany would be horrified if they knew how much their latest creation “walks around” on our back roads.
It’s a tragedy because when the surface is brand new, the GLE 63 AMG almost defies