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AMG GLC63 Press Release

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    The new Mercedes-AMG GLC63 SUV, GLC63 Coupe and GLC63 S Coupe



    Mercedes-AMG Combines Performance SUV and V8 Expertise


    Affalterbach. Mercedes-AMG set a milestone when it launched the first
    ML55 in 1999. The combination of a high-performance engine with the
    space and practicality of an SUV opened up an entirely new market
    segment in which AMG has continued to thrive. With the new GLC63 SUV,
    GLC63 Coupe and GLC63 S Coupe, Mercedes-AMG once again occupies an
    exceptional position in the marketplace. For the first time in the MercedesAMG
    lineup, a mid-size SUV will now be available with a powerful eightcylinder
    biturbo engine. The handcrafted AMG 4.0L V8 biturbo engine
    produces 469 hp in the GLC63 SUV and GLC63 Coupe and a mighty 503 hp
    in the GLC63 S Coupe. These three new performance models feature an air
    spring suspension with adaptive, adjustable damping, AMG Performance
    4MATIC+ all-wheel drive with fully variable torque distribution, a rear-axle
    limited-slip differential and a high-performance braking system. As a visual
    indication of their links with Mercedes-AMG sports cars, all new GLC63
    models sport the AMG Panamericana grille, which was previously reserved
    for the AMG GT family of sports cars. In addition, the new models offer all
    the advantages of a Mercedes SUV: ample room for passengers and
    luggage, comprehensive array of safety equipment and superior traction in
    all road conditions.


    The new Mercedes-AMG GLC63 SUV, GLC63 Coupe and GLC63 S Coupe occupy
    exceptional positions in their respective markets on every front. They are the only
    vehicles in their segment to be powered by an eight-cylinder biturbo engine, thus
    meeting the wishes of customers who are looking for a midsize SUV with superior
    power delivery and a highly emotional, unmistakable engine sound.

    "For us, the new GLC63 is a quite special vehicle. It is no easy job designing an SUV
    to be highly sporty and dynamic while at the same time offering inherent extreme
    driving stability and efficiency. This required us to put our heart and soul, along with
    our many years of SUV expertise, into the development of this vehicle. The result is
    an SUV that can be driven with high precision and agility and which, if required, is
    equally at home on a high-speed lap of the race track. With our V8 biturbo engine, we
    hold a decisive unique selling point in the performance market. What is more, with
    both SUV and Coupe variants available, we offer the widest choice in the segment.
    The technical closeness to our sports cars is visually underlined by the Panamericana
    grille, which was previously reserved for our AMG GT models," says Tobias Moers,
    CEO of Mercedes-AMG GmbH.


    Unique offering in the segment with V8 biturbo engine


    Both SUV and Coupe variants of the GLC63 are offered with the proven,
    handcrafted AMG 4.0L V8 biturbo engine, producing 469 hp and 479 lb-ft of
    torque. The GLC63 S Coupe produces a massive 503 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque.
    V8 biturbo closely related to engine in the Mercedes-AMG GT


    The handcrafted AMG 4.0L V8 biturbo engine is already used in numerous AMG
    Performance vehicles, including in the AMG GT sports car family (with dry sump
    lubrication). A characteristic feature of this engine is that the engine’s two
    turbochargers are positioned inside the cylinder "V". The main advantages of this
    design are the compact engine construction, optimal throttle response and low
    exhaust emissions. Each engine is assembled by one mechanic in the engine shop
    at AMG’s headquarters in Affalterbach, Germany according to the "one man - one
    engine" principle.


    Short shift times, high efficiency: AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT
    9-speed transmission


    The new GLC63 SUV, GLC63 Coupe and GLC63 S Coupe all feature the AMG
    SPEEDSHIFT MCT 9-speed transmission, which made its debut in the MercedesAMG
    E63 S. The driver benefits from extremely short shift/response times. Fast
    multiple downshifts and the double-declutching function make for highly emotional
    shifting. A start-off wet clutch replaces a traditional torque converter in this new
    transmission, saving weight and optimizing the response to the driver's accelerator
    pedal input.


    AMG Performance 4MATIC+ variable all-wheel drive
    After the Mercedes-AMG E63 S Sedan, the GLC63 now comes with AMG
    Performance 4MATIC+ all-wheel drive. This intelligent system unites the
    advantages of different drive concepts: 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,
    even in snow. The transition from rear-wheel to all-wheel drive and vice versa is
    seamless, as intelligent control is integrated into the overall vehicle system
    architecture.


    An electromechanically controlled clutch connects the permanently driven rear axle
    to the fully variable front axle. The best possible torque distribution is continuously
    computed according to driving conditions and driver's input. Transitions are
    seamless and based on a sophisticated matrix. Alongside traction and lateral
    dynamics, the all-wheel drive also improves the longitudinal dynamics for even
    more powerful acceleration.


    For a personalized experience: AMG DYNAMIC SELECT drive programs


    The four AMG DYNAMIC SELECT drive programs "Comfort," "Sport," "Sport+" and
    "Individual" allow the driver to extensively influence the characteristics of the
    GLC63 SUV, GLC63 Coupe and GLC63 S Coupe by modifying key parameters such
    as the response of engine, transmission, suspension, steering, ESP®
    and all-wheel drive.

    Independent 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.


    "Comfort" is a balanced drive program with a comfort-oriented suspension and
    steering set-up as well as a fuel-efficient powertrain configuration with early
    upshifts – including smooth gearshifts and a restrained engine sound. The ECO
    start/stop function and coasting function are activated in this mode. When the
    driver releases the accelerator in a speed range between 37 and 99 mph, the
    clutch of the MCT transmission opens and the engine is decoupled from the
    powertrain. Electronics lower the engine speed to idle and driving resistance is
    reduced by the compression and friction forces of the engine on overrun.

    The DYNAMIC SELECT "Sport" and "Sport+" drive programs are designed for high
    driving dynamics. This results from an agile accelerator pedal characteristic with
    direct set-up and emotively appealing gearshifts with shorter shift times and
    double-clutching function on downshifts. The increased idle speed in "Sport+"
    enables especially fast acceleration from rest.


    The GLC63 Coupe and GLC63 S Coupe have an additional "RACE" drive program, in
    which all driving parameters are configured for maximum performance. With a total
    of five drive programs, this Performance SUV once again offers the widest choice in
    the segment.


    Exhaust system with flap technology for variable engine sound


    An emotional V8 engine sound comes courtesy of an exhaust system with flap
    technology. This flap is controlled automatically depending on the AMG DYNAMIC
    SELECT drive program, the power demanded by the driver and the engine speed.
    Optionally available is the AMG Performance exhaust system, which allows the
    exhaust sound to be modulated at the press of a button.


    Specific suspension for maximum lateral and longitudinal dynamics


    The agility, highly dynamic lateral acceleration and maximum grip of the new
    GLC63 SUV, GLC63 Coupe and GLC63 S Coupe models comes courtesy of a new
    AMG suspension system which features fully-supporting multi-chamber air springs.
    This suspension setup ensures exceptionally high levels of camber stability, driving
    dynamics and steering precision.


    The front axle features a four-link design with special steering knuckles, optimized
    elastokinematics and radial brake connections. Independent wheel control and
    wheel suspension elements enable higher lateral acceleration with minimal torque
    steer.


    The concept for the rear axle was carried over from the AMG E63 S Sedan and
    specially matched to the requirements of the GLC. The model-specific multi-link
    concept impresses with highly precise wheel control and increased stiffness. The
    AMG-specific rear axle carrier makes the wider track possible in comparison with
    the GLC from Mercedes-Benz, while the contact surfaces of the wheel bearings
    have also been moved further outwards. Other measures include AMG-specific
    wheel carriers, stiffer elastokinematic tuning and higher negative camber.

    Individual driving experience thanks to three-chamber air suspension
    system


    Thanks to a sporty spring and damper set-up and continuously variable damping,
    the new three-chamber air suspension system combines exemplary driving
    dynamics with excellent road roar and tire vibration characteristics. The stiffness of
    the air springs can be adjusted over a wide range by activating or deactivating
    individual air chambers, making for perceptibly enhanced comfort and handling.
    There are three degrees of spring tuning depending on the selected drive program
    and current driving status. The spring rate is hardened automatically in the event of
    sudden load changes, fast cornering, heavy acceleration or heavy braking,
    effectively reducing roll and pitch while stabilizing the GLC63 SUV, GLC63 Coupe
    and GLC63 S Coupe.


    The adaptive damping can be set in three stages – "Comfort," "Sport" and "Sport+"
    – thus, both relaxed comfort on long journeys and maximum sportiness are
    possible. Rebound and compression levels are adjusted independently of each
    other, and the freely programmable maps permit a wide spread between minimum
    and maximum damper force. The difference between the comfortable and sporty
    suspension settings is even more refined and is clearly perceptible – depending on
    driving style.


    The GLC63 SUV and Coupe both come equipped with standard 10-spoke Titanium
    Grey light-alloy wheels with a high-sheen finish (front: 8 x 19 / rear: 9 x 19) with
    235/55 R 19 tires at the front, and 255/50 R 19 tires at the rear. The GLC63 S
    Coupe comes with 5-twin-spoke light-alloy wheels painted in Titanium Grey with a
    high-sheen finish (front: 9.5 x 20 / rear: 10 x 20) with 265/45 R 20 tires at the
    front and 295/40 R 20 tires at the rear. Several other wheel and tire combinations
    are available, including forged, staggered fitment wheels with especially wide tires.


    Rear-axle limited-slip differential: optimal traction under all conditions


    For improved traction and driving dynamics, both the GLC63 SUV and Coupe come
    with a mechanical rear-axle limited-slip differential, while the GLC63 S Coupe uses
    an electronic rear-axle limited-slip differential. Both differentials reduce the slip on
    the inside wheel when cornering, without control intervention by the brakes. As a
    result, the driver is able to accelerate out of corners even earlier thanks to the improved traction. The vehicle remains more stable when braking from high speed, while the limited-slip differential also improves traction when accelerating from a standstill. Overall, the rear axle has been specially matched to the higher driving
    dynamics of the new Performance SUVs.


    The greatest benefit of the electronic rear-axle limited-slip differential is even more
    sensitive and precise control, which pushes the critical threshold higher, making it
    even easier to drive at the vehicle's limits. The three-stage ESP®
    with "ESP ON," "ESP SPORT Handling Mode" and "ESP OFF" settings work in perfect unison with
    the rear-axle limited-slip differential and is optimally tuned to provide outstanding
    dynamics.


    Precise, agile handling: speed-sensitive sports steering


    The electromechanical, speed-sensitive sports steering provides precise, agile
    handling with authentic feedback. The driver benefits from the variable steering
    ratio and optimized response.


    The steering also features variable power assistance with the two modes "Comfort"
    and "Sport." The power steering is dependent not only on the vehicle's speed, but
    also on the instantaneous lateral acceleration, selected AMG DYNAMIC SELECT
    drive program and setting of the adjustable damping.


    Expressive front end with Panamericana grille


    A striking characteristic of the exterior design is the expressive front end: the new
    GLC63 SUV, GLC63 Coupe and GLC63 S Coupe are the first Mercedes-AMG
    Performance vehicles to feature the Panamericana grille, which was previously
    reserved for the AMG GT family of sports cars. This design statement affirms the
    consistently dynamic design of the new Performance SUV and Coupe. A wide front
    bumper inspired by the design of a jet wing and a large front splitter embodies the
    power of both new models. The Panamericana grille gives a clear view of the
    GLC63’s cooling technology – a typical attribute from the world of motor sport and
    a further differentiation from the other GLC models. Wider wheel arch claddings at
    front and rear lend emphasis to the muscular looks.


    The new side sill panels make the SUV and Coupe appear to sit lower on the road
    while elongating the overall lines. On the GLC63 S Coupe, Matte Iridium Silver
    inserts make for a distinctive appearance. The muscular rear end is dominated by a
    wide rear bumper and a diffuser in grained black. The trim on the diffuser board is
    also finished in Matte Iridium Silver.


    The GLC63 SUV is provided with a spoiler lip on the roof, while the spoiler lip on
    the GLC63 Coupe and GLC63 S Coupe is familiar from its prior appearance on the
    AMG GLC43 Coupe. The exhaust system is finished with two high-gloss chromeplated
    twin tailpipe trims.


    Interior also with a consistent focus on driving dynamics


    The interior underscores the leadership ambition of the new GLC63 SUV, GLC63
    Coupe and GLC63 S Coupe in terms of driving dynamics. Driver and front
    passenger seats are finished in MB-Tex man-made leather combined with
    DINAMICA microfiber, which unite excellent lateral support with functional
    ergonomics.


    The instrument panel is trimmed in Black MB-Tex man-made leather, with the
    GLC63 S Coupe additionally receiving contrasting topstitching. The high-grade look
    is underlined by aluminum trim. The touchpad is flanked by the AMG DYNAMIC
    SELECT switch and numerous AMG-specific controls, such as the button for the 3-
    stage AMG RIDE CONTROL suspension, 3-stage ESP® or optionally the button for
    the AMG Performance exhaust system with flap control.


    The GLC63 S Coupe variant comes with an even more extensive equipment
    package, including an AMG Performance steering wheel in Black Nappa Leather /
    DINAMICA microfiber, in combination with leather appointments and an AMG
    instrument cluster with red highlights.


    Exclusive optional extras


    The AMG Performance Studio offers technical and design highlights to make the
    Mercedes-AMG GLC63 SUV, GLC63 Coupe and GLC63 S Coupe even sportier,
    more exclusive and more individual. The following provides just a selection:
    • AMG Performance exhaust system with flap control at the push of a button
    o Greater differentiation of the sound characteristics by two
    additional exhaust flaps
    o Sound characteristics dependent on selected drive program - clear
    differentiation between a full sound in the “C” and “S” drive
    programs and a distinctly sporty sound in the “S+” and “RACE”
    drive programs (GLC63 Coupe and GLC63 S Coupe only)
    o Additional control of the sound characteristics via button on the
    center control panel in the center console


    • AMG Night package:
    o Front splitter of the AMG front bumper in High-Gloss Black
    o Inserts in the AMG side sill panels in High-Gloss Black
    o Exterior mirror housings in High-Gloss Black
    o Waistline trim strip and window frame in High-Gloss Black
    o Roof rails (SUV only) finished in Matte Black


    • AMG Exterior Carbon Fiber package:
    o Exterior mirror housings in carbon fiber
    o Spoiler lip in carbon fiber


    • 20-inch light-alloy wheels


    • 21-inch light-alloy wheels


    • 21-inch forged wheels


    • AMG Performance Studio interior:
    o Upper section of instrument panel and waistlines in Black Nappa-look
    MB-Tex man-made leather with contrasting topstitching
    (GLC63 S Coupe)
    o Two-tone Nappa leather in Red Pepper/Black or Platinum
    White/Black
    o Black Nappa Leather
    o AMG Performance seats for driver and front passenger with more
    heavily contoured seat shape for enhanced lateral support, with
    integral head restraints and "AMG" badge in the seat backrests


    The new 2018 Mercedes-AMG GLC63 SUV and Mercedes-AMG GLC63 Coupe will
    celebrate their auto show debuts at the New York International Auto Show.

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    Did they take the front star off a truck to save money? It looks HUGE!
     
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    Was viewing the V6 model in the showroom yesterday, and before I met it in the flesh I was very negative towards it.

    I must confess to being proved wrong.
    It is smaller than you think.. It has less inside room than my current GLK350 here, so it feels more compact, but that also has a downside.

    The Coupe is horrible to be fair, but the "Normal" one does look nice and drives really well. The V6 one is a lovely car. I can image the AMG version to be slightly mad.

    But, me and wife decided to keep our GLK as it was more "roomy" and I don't like that daft iPad dashboard either..

    Funny thing is that since Mercedes stopped the production of the GLK and replaced it with the GLC, they got it horribly wrong over here (Canada).. (I know we could not get the GLK in the UK).

    We paid $56K for our GLK350 2 years ago.
    Today that same car goes for about $54K at 2 years old.
    Because people still want them..

    Love ours..
     
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    Who writes this guff? "Highly emotional [gear] shifting" indeed - what twaddle.
     
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    The darker coloured one...the non coupe looking version is very good looking, mind.
     
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    I love them!

    The engine is heroic anyway and I think they've beefed them up perfectly for the 63 badge. That grill is a game changer IMO for the face of AMG.

    Plus, what's it compete against? SQ5 is no where near, BMW don't do a hot X3/4 so it's just the Porsche Macan which is comparible and extremely popular.

    Good job MB, I can't wait to see one in the flesh.
     
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    Will it crab though????

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    Probably but bet it won't affect sales though.
     
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    Now on the UK price list. GLC63S is 3.8sec to 100KPH
    £91K for the edition 1
    £76K for regular
    £69K for GLC63.

    Looking at the pricelst in general, looks like they gone up across the board, I imagine due to euro strength.
     
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    Surely if you were looking for something like this you'd buy a Macan?
     
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