Another super-fast SUV? Mercedes says yes
commuting and lots of motorway driving.
From our base at the Yea Peppercorn Hotel, we set out on drive loops using some of the area’s more entertaining country roads.
Price range: $184,900 (wagon) to $189,900 (coupe).
Powertrain: 4.0-litre biturbo-petrol V8 (375kW/700Nm). Nine-speed automatic, AWD.
Body styles: Wagon or coupethingy.
On sale: Now. impressive cornering pace. It’s a tallish SUV rather than a sports car, but there are few vehicles in theAMGrange that can deploy that biturbo-power in corners better. It’s a hoot.
The choice between wagon and coupe will come down to style and space.
If you fall in love with the coupe on the basis of looks you’ll be happy to pay an extra $5000 and forgo that rear headroom (it’s not terrible though), rearward visibility and around 100 litres of rear loadspace.
Mercedes-Benz NZ expects the sales split to be 70/30 in favour of the wagon. It’s the top of the tree in terms of Mercedes-AMG SUV performance, so it’s really something special.
It’s also a Mercedes-AMG that has no direct rivals from the German competition – there’s no proper RS version of the Audi Q5 or full M-incarnation of the BMWX3. The Porsche Macan Turbo is nowhere this level of performance. Maybe Jaguar’s forthcoming F-Pace SVR will give it something to think about. Acceleration aside, this is still quite a lot of money for a medium SUV.
Those big wheels and tyres also bring some opportunity cost in road noise and ride.
You’ll know it when you see it: GLC 63 S wears the aggressive AMG Panamericana grille.