First spotted towards the end of last year undergoing cold weather testing, the new performance version of Benz's fettled GLC is expected to rival the likes of the Audi SQ5 and forthcoming BMW X3M, as well as the Porsche Macan Turbo S, with the range consisting of the standard AMG and more powerful S versions.
AMG GLC 63 & AMG GLC 63 Coupe
Differentiating itself from lesser models including the AMG GLC 43 from an aesthetics point, the 63 receives the same Panamericana grille as the AMG GT R, as well as AMG specific front and rear bumpers, wider front apron Mercedes claims takes inspiration from a jet wing, larger front splitter, roof mounted lip spoiler, AMG exhaust and 19-inch AMG alloy wheels.
Inside, both models come fitted as standard with ARTICO man-made leather trimmed sport seats with DINAMICA microfibres, ARTICO finished dashboard, real aluminium inserts and a choice of Night or AMG Performance interior package with its own range of bespoke finishes. A special Edition 1 variant with its own exterior and interior touches can also be speificied.
Changes underneath the skin are extensive with the same variable 4MATIC+ all-wheel drive system as the E63, new AMG sport suspension with multi-chamber air springs and three mode (Comfort, Sport and Sport+) adaptive damping, AMG DYNAMIC SELECT with four modes (Comfort, Sport, Sport+ and Individual), mechanical limited slip diff, and speed sensitive electric power steering with two settings (Comfort and Sport).
As per previous reports, power comes from AMG's now familiar 4.0-litre bi-turbo V8 developing 350 kW and 650 Nm of torque, with Mercedes claiming a 0-100 km/h sprint of 4.0 seconds and top speed limited to 250 km/h. A 9G-Tronic 'box is the sole transmission offered.
AMG GLC 63 S & AMG GLC 63 S Coupe
Slotting in above the regular 63, the S gets iridium silver inserts and finished diffuser and 20-inch alloy wheels externally, with interior changes consisting of a performance steering wheel trimmed in black nappa leather and DINAMICA, AMG embossed headrests and a AMG instrument cluster.
Eschewing the mechanical limited slip diff for a electronic setup, the S receives bigger brakes and a Race mode as part of the DYNAMIC SELECT system. Like the standard 63, the S retains the same 4.0-litre bi-turbo V8 but revised to produce 375 kW and 700 Nm of torque, with the 0-100 km/h dash taking 3.8 seconds and top speed still limited to 250 km/h.
While Mercedes South Africa are yet to confirm when the AMG-GLC 63 would arrive, international sales are set to commence on June 16th.