The updated Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 and GLC 63 Coupe debut their power and panache at the New York Auto Show. In standard form, both models pack a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 making 469 horsepower (350 kilowatts) and 479 pound-feet (649 Newton-meters). There's also a more potent GLC 63 S Coupe that pushes the same powerplant to 503 hp (375 kW) and 516 lb-ft (700 Nm), and Mercedes claims this version can lap the Nürburgring Nordschleife in 7:49.369 minutes. Both tunes come with a nine-speed gearbox and all-wheel drive.
The standard GLC Coupe can reach 60 miles per hour (96 kilometers per hour) in 3.8 seconds, and the S model shaves that figure down to 3.6 seconds. Opting for the more powerful version also increases the top speed to 174 mph (280 kph), instead of the regular model's electronically limited 155-mph (249 kph) maximum velocity. An electronically controlled rear differential makes sure the power goes where it's necessary during cornering. Both variants also come standard with an air suspension and adaptive damping.
On the outside, the updated GLC AMG models are noticeable from their revised grille that now gets wider along the bottom. There are also skinnier LED headlights. At the back, there are redesigned taillights with a blockier design. The S variant gains matte Iridium Silver trim, including on the rear diffuser. The models come standard with 20-inch five-spoke wheels, and buyers can upgrade to 21-inch pieces.
Both models great front passengers with standard sport seats. Mercedes' familiar MBUX infotainment system stretches across the dashboard, and the tech has AMG-specific display modes like Classic, Sport, and Supersport. The S model adds Nappa leather upholstery, AMG badges on the head restraints, and red highlights on the leather instrument cluster. There are also optional AMG Performance seats with more prominent bolsters.
All the models in the GLC 63 family will go on sale in the United States in late 2019. Mercedes will announce more info closer to launch.
They'll go on sale in the United States in late 2019.