Medium AMG SUV a monster
The new GLC 63 S is far from the largest SUV made by MercedesAMG. But it is the fastest: its 4.0-litre biturbo V8 engine and four-wheel drive system propel it to 100kmh in just 3.8 seconds.
The engine is in the same state of tune as the powerplant in the C 63, but the GLC is the first model to pair it with an AMG Speedshift nine-speed automatic gearbox. It also has Race Start and an extra Race mode on the drive-mode selector.
The ‘‘4Matic+’’ all-wheel drive hardware is derived from the monster E 63 S, including fully variable torque distribution (there’s no set torque split) and a rear-axle limited-slip differential.
There’s an upgraded brake package and Kiwi cars come as standard with the AMG Performance Exhaust system.
The GLC 63 S is also the second AMG to wear the ‘‘Panamericana’’ grille – the one with the vertical lines that’s now being used to identify the brand’s most serious performance models.
There are two versions: a wagon and the ‘‘coupe’’ – still a five-door but with a lower, tapered roofline. The former costs $184,900, while the latter is $5000 more expensive at $189,990. Apart from styling, rear-seat and bootspace, the two models have identical specification.