“Mercedes-AMG” commonly known as “AMG”, is the high performance brand used by “Mercedes-Benz”. AMG independently hires engineers and contracts with manufacturers to customize Mercedes-Benz AMG vehicles. AMG has struck up relationships with well known car manufacturers such as “Pagani” and “Aston Martin”. AMG is personally responsible for designing and building the engines for the Pagani Zonda, Pagani Huayra and the Aston Martin Lagonda which are said to be some of the best sounding engines ever produced. AMG has dabbled with a lot of Mercedes cars in the past and have produced engines for cars such as the entire Mercedes AMG GT line-up and also the Mercedes AMG Project One. And this time AMG has done just that, except they did it to a SUV Coupe.
This is the “2018 Mercedes-AMG GLE 63S”, the latest addition to Mercedes-AMG’s SUV line-up.
The Mercedes-AMG GLE 63S skilfully embodies the well established design features of the Mercedes-Benz with a pinch of sportiness from AMG. All Mercedes-AMG cars have a distinct look that sets them apart from the Mercedes-Benz cars with the key element being the sporty look and sound. In the front the GLE 63S has an air duct which allow air to flow in the engine bay for cooling and to additional air vents to allow brake cooling. The rear wing, Quad exhaust and rear diffuser produce downforce to keep those massive wheels planted on the road at high speeds.
The interiors are exactly what you would expect from a Mercedes. Comfortable seats covered in plush leather and the entire interior covered in either alcantara, leather or carbon fibre. However, AMG has left its signature in the interiors as well the most noticeable one being the steering wheel. The GLE 63S features AMG’s flat-bottom performance steering wheel which is made from “DINAMICA Microfibre” which improves the drivers connection with the road. The sporty look also dominated the driver’s field of vision with the speedometer and the tachometer both having a red and grey band around them giving it a distinct AMG look. The seats are all hand-stitched with the highest quality of Nappa leather along with the AMG badge which is stitched directly onto the seats.
Though the Mercedes-AMG GLE 63S is not meant for track use, the fact that it uses an engine that could demolish anything in its path cannot be argued. The GLE 63S is powered by an AMG 5.5-litre Bi-Turbo V8 engine which produces 585hp and 560 lb-ft of torque which is delivered to the wheel by an “AMG Speed-Shift Plus 7G-Tronic” transmission. It can do 0-100 kmph in 4.2 secs and its top speed is electronically limited to 250 kmph. However AMG also offers a special “Driver’s Package” which increases the top speed from 250 kmph to 280 kmph.
AMG has been at the top of its game ever since it was founded in 1967 but was never world renowned until it was acquired by Mercedes-Benz in 1999. In its current class the Mercedes-AMG GLE 63S must compete against the likes of the Lamborghini Urus, Range Rover SVR, Porsche Cayenne Turbo S, Infinity QX70 and possibly its biggest rival the BMW X6 M.
BMW X6 M