The go-faster AMG derivative of the Mercedes-Benz GLC SUV has arrived. Available in two variants - GLC 63 and GLC 63 S, the new model is also claimed to be the world's fastest SUV around Nurburgring.
Say hello to the latest weapon from the Mercedes-AMG stable, the GLC 63. Based on the face-lifted GLC SUV, the AMG derivative is obviously the high-performance model of the vehicle and is available in two variants – standard and S. The latter packs more grunt, and it’s now the world’s fastest SUV around the Nurburgring, says Mercedes.
On the design front, the GLC 63 AMG gets a beefed up look as compared to the regular model. This means there are 20-inch AMG wheels, more aggressive front and rear bumpers, sporty side skirts, trapezoidal exhaust tips and a wider diffuser at the back. Inside, the cabin is largely similar to the regular model, but it’s peppered with sporty AMG bits such as heavily-bolstered sports seats, a sporty multifunction AMG steering wheel, et al. The MBUX infotainment system is available, but it now gets additional AMG-specific functions and controls.
The powertrain is unchanged from the previous model, which means at the heart of it lies a 4.0-litre V8 twin-turbo petrol. In the standard version, the engine develops 469bhp and 650Nm of torque, while S version churns out 503bhp and 700Nm. Both the versions get a 9-speed automatic transmission that channels the drive to all four wheels. Performance wise, the standard does 0-100km/h in 4 seconds, while the S is two-tenths quicker at 3.8 seconds. The top speed is limited to 250km/h in the standard model, but selecting AMG Driver’s Package from the optional extras will increase it to 270km/h. The GLC 63 AMG S, however, tops out at 280km/h.
To rein in the extra horsepower, the chassis of the GLC has been modified. There’s adaptive dampers, updated air springs, six-piston brakes – ceramic brakes are optional, and an electronic locking differential. It also comes with a new torque-splitting control unit that continuously transfers the power from the rear axle to front axle depending on the driving conditions.
There’s no confirmation if the Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 AMG will come to India anytime soon. However, given the rise in demand for AMG models in the country in the past few years, it’s a likely possibility that we’ll see the go-faster GLC arrive on our shores in the coming time. That said, Mercedes-Benz India is expected to bring the updated GLC in India first, before launching the AMG version here.