Mercedes-AMG’s already highly comprehensive family is gaining new members for the high-performance crossover branch – the New York Auto Show is graced with the introduction of the GLC63, GLC63 Coupe, and GLC63 S Coupe.
The public will get the chance to see for the first time the new trio at the Big Apple show, but interested buyers will need to wait at least until the start of 2018 if they live in the United States. In Europe, the new AMGs, complete with an “Edition 1″ special model (gets an exclusive AMG Performance seat), will become available this September. The new GLC63 lineup is of course all about the meaty 4.0-liter biturbo V8 situated under the hood – and capabe of many different states of tune. For the regular GLC63 and the Coupe, it will display 469 horsepower (350 kilowatts) and 479 pound-feet (649 Newton-meters) of torque and for the flagship GLC63 S Coupe it will churn out no less than 503 hp (375 kW) and 516 lb-ft (700 Newton-meters).
The standard GLC63 and Coupe will sprint to 62 mph – or 100 kph – in a mere four seconds, whereas the S version drops the figure to 3.8 seconds. That’s the same figure for the AMG GT Roadster with the standard GLC63 and for the latter the corresponding AMG vehicle would be the GT C Coupe. Naturally both versions make use of the nine-speed automatic transmission and the latest version of the 4MATIC+ all-wheel-drive system – the GLC63 has a mechanical limited-slip rear differential while the GLC63 S Coupe uses an electronically controlled unit. Both come with Mercedes’ latest version of adaptive air and damper suspension.
Design wise, the GLC63 will be differentiated by the use of the vertically oriented Panamericana grille as seen on the AMG GT R for the first time, and is also doubled with an aggressive diffuser underneath, There are also wider wheel arches for the 19-inch wheels on the GLC63 or the 20-inch rims of the GLC63 S Coupe. At the back we get a new diffuser and quad exhaust tips. For further styling customers can add the optional AMG Night package with high-gloss black parts for the front splitter, side sill inserts, mirrors, waistline trim, and window frames. Inside, the MB-Tex leather is just about everywhere, and buyers can up the ante with Nappa leather via the optional AMG Performance Studio pack.