Mercedes is on a roll this month! Fresh off the C-Class launch 2 weeks ago, Mercedes Benz Malaysia (MBM) launched the Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S 4MATIC+, it’s coupe variant, the Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S Coupe 4MATIC+ and the Mercedes-AMG G 63 last night at Sepang circuit with extreme panache and grandeur.
Those of you who were caught up with the exciting 43 variants will definitely want to have a go in these bigger boys because they mean business. Both 63 S models complete the century sprint in 3.8 seconds thanks to Merc’s ballistic M177 4.0 litre twin-turbo V8.. This is the same power house found in most AMG nutters of late and it is a clear choice given its 510 rampaging horses and 700 torques on tap to provide biblical performance regardless of the SUV dimensions. If you want to plant your foot, you better be awake because any measure of distance is going to be significantly shortened.
The AMG specific Speedshift MCT 9 speed transmission plays its role in converting the rage under the hood to outright real-world performance. Couple that with the air body control based AMG Sports Suspension and AMG Performance 4MATIC+ all-wheel-drive system and these upper-class SUV’s are transformed into supercar worrying daily drivers. Part of the reason MBM confidently launched these machines on a race track is that the 4MATIC+ system is performance orientated with fully variable torque distribution, a rear-axle limited slip differential, and high-performance braking system. Such power and potential should only be let loose in a controlled environment.
The driving dynamics can be manipulated via the AMG Dynamic Select for 4 driving modes, Comfort, Sport, Sport Plus and Individual. Gear shift access is attained by simply pressing the “M” button, allowing the owner full control on the paddle shifters.
Granted they do not possess the sleek and svelte lines of a supercar but what they lack in profile, they make up in aggressive road presence. The AMG trademark soundtrack is readily available thanks to a default map setting that opens a flap on the exhaust when floored. The exterior has been given steroids with a large splitter, Panamericana Grille, wider wheel arches, and 21-inch AMG cross spoke forged wheels.
Now we come to the most significant figure of all. The price. The Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S 4MATIC+ is yours for just RM915,888 while the Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S Coupe 4MATIC+ retails at RM933,888. What are you waiting for?
Now to address the elephant in the room, I’m sure you’ve noticed that there is a certain Mercedes Benz of massive proportions in the pictures but has not been mentioned. Well, that is the AMG G 63. This 40 year old daddy is a thoroughbred in the sense of its modern features, evocative styling, and impressive off-road ability.
Since the magic number 63 is attached to the badge on this machine, you can expect nothing but greatness under the bonnet. This behemoth houses the same 4.0 litre BiTurbo as the GLCs but puts out 585hp and 850nm. Enough to get it from 0-100km/h in 4.5 seconds. Mercedes have absurdly limited the car to 240km/h which I believe it will have no issue reaching.
Off-Road enthusiasts would be impressed with the G 63 because it is inherently an off-roader after all and comes equipped with state of the art technology such as an independent double wishbone suspension front axle, rigid axle with five-link suspension at the rear, robust unibody construction to maintain rigidity and low weight. The DYNAMIC SELECT has 3 additional modes aside from the standard 5 you get from the AMG’s of the present. These are Sand, Trail, and Rock that, you’ve guessed it, adjusts the car’s dynamics to allow maximum mobility and steerability in the respective road conditions.
Plus it is also immensely cool to drive an AMG G 63. Come on admit it, you wouldn’t take it anywhere near a mountain rather cruise the streets of KL on a clear night and let the rumbling shouty V8 and vulgar exterior turn heads. All yours for a mere RM1,464,888.