Mercedes-AMG has revealed the full high-performance versions of their GLC and GLC Coupe, now appearing as high-riding bullets ready to pulverise unsuspecting sports cars. The GLC 63 pair will make their public debut at the 2017 New York Motor Show next week and due to arrive in Australia by the end of the the year.
The typical AMG visual treatment has been applied here as well, with a lowered suspension, wider and more aggressive stance accented by larger air intakes, vertically-stripped grille and a pronounced front splitter, there’s also a rear diffuser and quad pipes that can be had as a louder Performance exhaust system. Wheels are a set of 19-inchers as standard though larger 20 or 21s are also available optionally.
Gunning right for the Porsche Macan, Audi SQ5, Jaguar F-Type, Alfa Romeo Stelvio and possibly BMW’s upcoming X3 M, the newest AMG machines pack the same 4.0-litre bi-turbo V8 that originated in the AMG GT and latterly adapted for the C 63 and E 63, making these GLCs the sole V8-powered contender.
The M178 motor here produces enough grunt to propel either of the pair to 100km/h in just 3.8 seconds, stemming from 350kW and 650Nm (or 375kW/700Nm in the faster S tune) delivered to all corners via the Mercedes-Benz’s 4Matic all-wheel drive system and a 9-speed automatic transmission.
To keep the ride manageable for both comfort-oriented cruising and more aggressive driving, they have been fitted with an air suspension system that can soften and stiffen on demand depending on which of the the four drive modes are selected: Comfort, Sport, Sport Plus, and Individual. It’s paired with a four-link setup with revised suspension geometry at the front and a rear multi-link from the E63. Also at the rear is a standard limited slip differential, which oddly is mechanical for the GLC 63 while the S receives an electronic LSD.
When the duo do make their showroom debuts, Mercedes-AMG will offer the first batch of cars as Edition 1 examples which will include the Night package (that comprises of black and yellow bodykit) as well as carbon fibre exterior accents, and an interior additions from the AMG Performance Studio package such as Nappa leather and yet more carbon fibre.
Naturally, it will sit at the top of the GLC range and above the V6-powered GLC 43. A late November or December timeline is more or less confirmed, with prices and exact specifications to surface closer to that launch date.