Super-SUV model will come in two bodystyles and use the brand's twin-turbocharged V8 engine, shared with the C 63

Spy photographers have spotted a Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 Coupé testing one month after its sibling, the regular GLC 63, was last seen in public.

The two models share underpinnings and get longer bonnets than that of the regular GLC, to provide more space for the wet-sump twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 that'll power them. Shared with models like the C 63 saloon, the engine is likely to produce up to 503bhp and 516lb ft, as it does in other models.

The next GLC models wear a new front bumper that’s larger than the ones fitted to earlier cars, and have wider air intakes, giving the super-SUV models a more muscular front-end look.

The regular AMG GLC 63, painted black, looks near identical to the GLC 43 and the white coupé looks similarly unchanged from the GLC 43 Coupé. It is thought the cars' interiors will also be identical to that of their siblings, which use a twin-turbocharged V6 engine to produce 361bhp and are both on sale already.

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AMG boss Tobias Moers recently said AMG 63 models would retain rear-wheel-drive layouts, leading some to suggest the hottest GLC could be rear-driven only. However, the larger GLE 63 comes exclusively with 4Matic four-wheel drive, so it seems more likely that this layout will be offered on the GLCs.

AMG has set the GLE 63 up to send 69% of drive to its rear wheels, a similar level of rear-drive bias could be expected with 4Matic-equipped GLC 63s.

Sources expect the GLC 63 to arrive first at this year's Geneva motor show.

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12 May 2016
this could be quite tempting when it is 2 years old.

20 December 2016
You are going to see more of this kind of car because the well-off boomers who used to buy sports cars are getting too creaky to manage entry/egress. Unfortunately subsequent generations are a) fewer in number b) heavily indebted and c) are not petrolheads. Fewer 911s, more Cayennes, fewer Mustangs and Camaros, more pick ups with monster engines.

20 December 2016
275not599 wrote:

You are going to see more of this kind of car because the well-off boomers who used to buy sports cars are getting too creaky to manage entry/egress. Unfortunately subsequent generations are a) fewer in number b) heavily indebted and c) are not petrolheads. Fewer 911s, more Cayennes, fewer Mustangs and Camaros, more pick ups with monster engines.

The stupidity of this quote is monstrous. There's literally nothing right about it.


30 January 2017
In the West the post war baby boomers are a well off, population spike compared to the generations following on behind (that's why the Rolling Stones are still one of the highest earning bands of all time and still tour). They represent the current buying power, whilst the younger ones less than 50 years old are crippled by housing costs. And then even younger ones (millenials) on average have little interest in cars beyond being a WiFi point whilst travelling.

 

 

 

20 December 2016
275not599 wrote:

You are going to see more of this kind of car because the well-off boomers who used to buy sports cars are getting too creaky to manage entry/egress. Unfortunately subsequent generations are a) fewer in number b) heavily indebted and c) are not petrolheads. Fewer 911s, more Cayennes, fewer Mustangs and Camaros, more pick ups with monster engines.

My father is 69, he still drives a sports car.
Fewer Mustangs and Camaros is no bad thing really.

20 December 2016
'Insiders also suspect the car will get a longer bonnet than that of the regular GLC...'.

I cannot believe the raging nonsense this character writes.

20 December 2016
When did Moers say AMG 63s would retain rear drive? That is exactly what they are not doing.

And which 'insider' has suggested the GLC63 would be RWD?

This is made up nonsense.

Does Sam Sheehan actually work for Autocar, or has he hacked their site for a laugh?

TS7

30 January 2017
...MB fix the appalling clunking/crabbing issue that affects RHD GLCs and other C-Class 4-matics, and the new E-class 4-matics for that matter, before it arrives here.

30 January 2017
Finally then an affordable 4Matic with the wonderful 4 Litre AMG V8,for those of us in snowy climates.With upcoming X4M I see a group test with the Macan Turbo S.Engine wise at least the Merc is my choice .I would love to have replaced my C63 with a 4Matic version but it was not to be.Eseaton is correct,Moers did say that about the new C63 sedan, but this is a GL which will be 4Matic for sure.

Madmac

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