Mercedes-Benz has announced the new Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 4MATIC+ and Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 4MATIC+, which are the only vehicles in their segment to be powered by an eight-cylinder biturbo engine according to the German automaker.
The proven AMG 4.0-litre V8 biturbo engine churns out 350 kW or 375 kW with a max torque of 650 or 700 Nm. The top speed of both SUVs is electronically limited to 250 km/h.
The new GLC 63 4MATIC+ and GLC 63 S 4MATIC+ feature the AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 9-speed transmission, which made its debut in the Mercedes-AMG E 63 4MATIC+. The driver benefits from extremely short shift/response times. Fast multiple downshifts and the double-declutching function make for a highly emotive gearshift experience.
After the E-Class from Mercedes-AMG, the GLC, too, now comes with AMG Performance 4MATIC+ all-wheel drive. This intelligent system unites the advantages of different drive concepts: the fully variable torque distribution to the front and rear axles ensures optimal traction right up to the physical limit. The driver is also able to rely on high driving stability and handling safety under all conditions, both in the dry and in the wet or in snow. The transition from rear-wheel to all-wheel drive and vice versa is seamless, because intelligent control is integrated into the overall vehicle system architecture.
The vehicles offer four AMG DYNAMIC SELECT drive programs, namely “Comfort”, “Sport”, “Sport Plus” and “Individual”. This allow the driver to extensively influence the characteristics of the GLC E 63 4MATIC+. This modifies key parameters such as the response of engine, transmission, suspension, steering, ESP and all-wheel drive. Independently of the DYNAMIC SELECT drive programs, the driver has the option of pressing the “M” button to switch directly to manual mode, in which gearshifts are executed exclusively using the shift paddles on the steering wheel. The suspension settings can also be specially selected if required.
The as-standard typical V8 engine sound comes courtesy of an exhaust system with flap technology. It is controlled by a map and automatically operated depending on the AMG DYNAMIC SELECT drive program, the power demanded by the driver and the engine speed. Optionally available is the Performance exhaust system, which allows the sound to be modulated at the press of a button. In any case, the exhaust systems are so designed that all noise limits are complied with irrespective of the flap position.
The new mid-size Performance SUVs celebrate their world premiere in April 2017. Start of sales is on 16 June 2017, while the market launch begins in September 2017. No pricing information is available as yet.
In other motoring related news, Hyundai’s Grand i10 recently received a fresh new appearance with the addition of a few new body panels and new wheels.