Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S 510hp V8 family rocketship makes a public appearance alongside Mercedes F1 drivers
In a public event held at Suntec City Mall on September 13, racing fans had an opportunity to get up close for a meet and greet session with Mercedes-AMG Petronas drivers Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas.
Sitting menacingly next to them, like a thuggish bodyguard, was a new addition to the Mercedes-AMG range, the GLC 63 S sport utility vehicle.
Previously, an “AMG-lite” GLC 43 has been available, with turbo V6 power, but now it’s created something for the hardcore, speed addicted family man.
The GLC 63 S sees the familiar AMG 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 pressed into service once again, shared most notably with the acidic GT R, as well as the other “AMG 63” models. Here, it’s in the same state of tune as in the C 63 S, which means 510hp and 700Nm of torque. That equates to a 0-100km/h of 3.8 seconds and an electronically limited Vmax of 250km/h.
Unlike the engine, the GLC 63 S shares its other drivetrain components with its larger stablemates, particularly the E 63 S super saloon. These parts include the nine-speed, multi-clutch transmission, the rear axle, which has a wider track width than regular GLCs, and the rear-biased 4MATIC+ all-wheel drive system. Unlike the E 63 S, the tyre-vapourising Drift mode is absent in the GLC 63 S, although do you really want to be having that much fun with the rest of the family in tow?
As of press time, no pricing or local specification details had been announced, although a representative from Daimler SE Asia confirmed that the car would be on sale here. Our best guess is that it’s still undergoing the homologation process with the Land Transport Authority.