The concept of the muscle car has started quite simply: shoehorn the optional large engine of a normal tall sedan into a lighter and smaller midsole and let the hot tire hoonanigans begin. Not muscular enough? Try to prepare the big block or find a way to get him into an even smaller car. In the climax of the muscles, this is exactly what dealers such as Yenko Chevrolet of Canonsburg, Pennsylvania or Baldwin-Motion Performance of Baldwin, New York have made their reputation, by ordering or equipping small Nova coupes with a solid brake of 427 cubic inches -racing big-block V-8s. The latest CUV 2018 Mercedes-AMG GLC63, at least in S version, vaguely reminiscent of this rare Chevrolet beast.
The first part of Equation 63 is immediately noticeable on a cool, wet morning in a parking lot at Stuttgart Airport in Germany. The Panamericana grille of AMG GT sports cars is at the front, making the 2018 Mercedes-AMG GLC63 the first Mercedes-AMG apart from the GT to wear it. More aggressive bumpers, wider wheel arch covers, more robust side supports, roof spoiler and optional 21-inch wheels are additional assets. For a five-passenger SUV, it’s not bad to watch.
AMG sports seats keep front passengers comfortable and secure in a cab with a generous amount of artificial leather and aluminum trim. The front and rear seats are spacious, while the cargo area offers approximately 20 cubic feet of rear seat-up space and 56.5 cubic feet with the seats down.
The standard infotainment is centered around a 7-inch center screen controlling a Burmester surround sound system with satellite radio. There is also an optional 8.4-inch system with navigation and an easy-to-use touchpad controller and quick pages between menus. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto features are also available at an additional cost with a smartphone integration package.
In the case of the 2018 Mercedes-AMG GLC63 and its coupe variant, AMG has brought two other 63 powertrain parts in today’s body styles. The 4.0-liter V-8 bi-turbo is a direct graft from the C63 family of sedan, coupe and convertible. In the standard GLC63, it delivers 469 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque, the latter in a user-friendly 1750 rpm at 4500 rpm. Switch to the S model and the power is 503 horsepower and 516 lb-ft, a limited configuration on our coupe-style shores. We do not know why German manufacturers insist on the labeling of four-door hatchbacks like SUVs like these (see also: BMW X4) look more like turtles than elegant two-door vehicles.
When the GLC63 SUV reaches dealers in the middle of next year to face the Porsche Macan Turbo, Benz says the only V8 entry in the segment will start in the $ 60,000 low range. The GLC63 Swoopier Coupe will carry a premium on its SUV brothers with a base price in the low to medium $ 70,000 zone. If you sign up for the GLC63 S Full Cup, expect to pay out about $ 80,000 to start.