The Citizen (KZN)

Mercedes-AMG GLC gets V8 63 power to boot



The new Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 4MATIC+ and Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 4MATIC+ Coupe occupy exceptiona­l positions in their respective markets on every front. They are the only vehicles in their segment to be powered by an eight-cylinder biturbo engine.

Mercedes-AMG thus meets the wishes of those customers who, also in a mid-size Performanc­e SUV, are 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 a SUV to be highly sporty and dynamic while at the same time offering inherent extreme driving stability and efficiency. 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 a 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.

With our V8 biturbo engine, we hold a decisive USP in the Performanc­e market. What is more, with SUV and Coupe we offer the widest choice in the segment. Also, the technical closeness to our sports cars is visually underlined by the Panamerica­na grille, which was previously reserved for our AMG GT models,” says Tobias Moers, CEO of MercedesAM­G GmbH.

SUV and Coupe are available as basic and S-model variants: the proven AMG 4.0-litre V8 biturbo engine puts out 350kW or 375kW with a maximum torque of 650 or 700Nm. The top speed is electronic­ally limited to 250km/h.

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 characteri­stic 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”

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