Roller with plenty of steam

Mon­ster coupe weighs more than two tonnes but beats Porsches to the speed limit

Herald Sun - Motoring - - PRESTIGE - JOSHUA DOWL­ING NA­TIONAL MO­TOR­ING ED­I­TOR joshua.dowl­ing@news.com.au

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

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